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).

BioPreferredLabel 768x382After 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.

jimmywilson “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.

President Jimmy Wilson Visits a Vegetable Farm in Salinas, CA

Jimmy Wilson, BWP President and Founder recently joined a group of more than 200 others on a (NWPCA) tour on the west coast to learn about how our industry peers best meet the shipping and packaging needs of customers. View footage from an unforgettable visit to a vegetable farm in Salinas, California, where we watched in awe as heads of lettuce were sliced from the soil then quickly packaged by skilled workers just steps away from where the plants bloomed. This important produce was then packaged and delivered straight to the customer's destination with none other than wooden pallets from our colleagues, Valley Pallets. Seeing men and women expertly harvest lettuce, and later stalks of celery on the faraway farm, reminded me of how important our own organization’s team members are to the success of our businesses back home. Valley Pallets Inc. served as host for the agricultural day trip that demonstrated its commitment and focus to ensure that each customer's valued products are transported safely and efficiently to destinations down the road and across the globe.