Apex Companies Opens New Virginia Facility
Apex Companies, a storage and material handling solutions provider, has announced the opening of its new “quick ship” warehouse in Emporia, Virginia. The facility provides over 45,000 square feet of storage space to support Apex’s growing new and used pallet rack business.
The new Emporia location allows Apex to reach customers in the Mid-Atlantic region faster and with lower shipping costs vs. the Apex Illinois facility.
“Our customer base is growing, notes Peter DeHaan, National Account Sales at Apex. “The Emporia location is centrally located allowing us to deliver orders quickly for our Mid-Atlantic and East Coast customers. It also gives us a convenient spot to deliver quality used rack that we recover from tear-down jobs in that part of the country,” adds DeHaan.
IP Awards Return for Second Year
The Industrial Packaging Awards return for their second edition at the end of March. Recognizing excellence throughout the industrial sector, winners will be announced at an awards and networking party due to take place at Industrial Pack, Atlanta, on Wednesday March 27, from 5.30pm.
Awards in five categories will be presented, including: Excellence in Industrial Packaging, Excellence in Transit Packaging, Environmental Initiative of the Year, Excellence in Protective Packaging and Best New Product of 2019.
Golden West Packaging Group Acquires Allpak Container
Golden West Packaging Group LLC, a packaging business investment company, has acquired Allpak Container, which has operations in Cheney and Renton, Wash.
Allpak Container designs and manufactures high-end consumer and industrial packaging for more than 450 customers in agriculture, beauty, beverage, commerce, food, health, industrial, recreation, and the wine and spirits markets.
Golden West Packaging CEO Steve Strickland commented: “Golden West acquires well-established packaging businesses and develops them into high performers, and Allpak is a great extension of this strategy. Allpak is a strong business with a customer-centric approach, skilled workforce and deep focus on operational excellence, which is evidenced by their ISO and AIB International certifications. Golden West, which now operates nine manufacturing plants across the country, brings Allpak substantial resources and proven sales and service capabilities to drive more production through Allpak’s facilities.”
UPA Announces Evolve or Perish Event 2019 Dates
United Packaging Associates association (UPA) has announced the third annual Evolve or Perish event, which will be held on April 12th in Tampa, Florida.
As UPA's signature event, it is a highly intense gathering, with everyone contributing around a convening theme and question. This year, that theme is: Packaging a future of radical change: are we ready to meet the challenges of transformative technologies and changing markets?
Andy Draybuck, Vice President and one of the founding members of United Packaging Associates, commented: “Looking ahead, we feel that we cannot afford to have people sitting on the sidelines if this industry is to thrive and survive. We need to change the way we engage by tapping into the skills, experience and knowledge of everyone in the room as it relates to our day-to-day work and the future ahead.”
Details can be found at https://unitedpackagingassociates.com/event/eop-2019/
Unilode and PalNet Develop Integrated Digital Solution for Pallets
Unilode, the leading global provider of outsourced Unit Load Device (ULD) management and repair solutions, and PalNet, one of the leading ULD manufacturers, have jointly developed an integrated digital solution for all types of PalNet pallets. The integrated solution minimises the risk of damage or loss of the digital tag and does not obstruct daily operations or interfere with pallet stacking.
Unilode’s digital technology is based on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5, enables ULD tracking and measurement of temperature and shock. The solution will be introduced to Unilode’s entire ULD fleet, starting Q2 2019, and is also available for non-Unilode customers. All existing PalNet pallets, including heavy duty pallets, can be retrofitted with the integrated digital solution. Pallets can also be acquired ex-work with a pre-installed tag. [Image courtesy of Unilode]