Bay Wood Products Wooden Pallets Now Designated as Biopreferred by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
ROBERTSDALE, ALA. (Jan. 11, 2017) -- The Pallet Design System used for years by Bay Wood Products to create wooden pallets for customers was recently designated as biopreferred by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
After an extensive review process that included third-party testing, the USDA BioPreferred Program and the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) announced in November all coated and uncoated wooden pallets manufactured with NWPCA’s Pallet Design System (PDS) would be recognized by USDA’s BioPreferred Program. All Federal agencies and their contractors have a sustainable product acquisition mandate to purchase bio-based products identified by USDA’s BioPreferred program.
Bay Wood Products, Inc., in business in Baldwin County for more than 22 years, uses the PDS engineering program to ensure its wooden pallets safely and effectively carry product loads for global distribution.
“We are delighted the USDA has recognized our engineering design program and wood pallets with the biopreferred designation,” said Jimmy Wilson, founder and president of Bay Wood Products. “This offers our clients the added benefit of knowing the software we use to create custom wood pallets is already approved by all U.S. federal agencies and their contractors.” (Photo: Jimmy Wilson)
The BioPreferred Program was created by the 2002 Farm Bill and reauthorized and expanded as part of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill). A product's bio-based content is the portion of a product that comes from a renewable carbon source, such as plant, animal, marine, or forestry feedstocks. Using bio-based materials displaces the need for non-renewable petroleum-based materials and plays a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Wooden pallets are an $11.5 billion dollar annual industry, with nearly 3,000 mostly family-run businesses operating in all 50 states. On average, the staff at Bay Wood Products produces 2.5 million board feet of lumber a month resulting in an average of 95,000 wood pallets per month shipped to clients for global distribution.
About Bay Wood Products, Inc.
In business for 22 years, Bay Wood Products Inc. is a full service manufacturer of wooden pallets, rough cut lumber, dunnage, custom crates, biofuel and mulch. The company crafts pallets of all sizes and specifications for big industry, large chemical companies, manufacturers, farmers and shipping agencies. Using the Pallet Design System (PDS) computerized technology, each pallet is created to meet the customers' specific needs. The company has a long client list that includes customers in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. Large petroleum-chemical companies, as well as steel manufacturers, make up the largest portion of Bay Wood Products' client base. For more information, call 251.960.1107 or visit bay-wood-products.com.