PalletOne is dedicated to incorporating sustainable practices into every aspect of our operations. Our plant in Livermore Falls, Maine is an excellent example. We optimize the use of raw materials to minimize the environmental impact. This proves how one company can make a significant difference.
New Pallets – Mulch – Lumber Mill – Recycling – Hardwood Paper Chips
Responsible Lumber Harvesting
The logs we use come from over 7.5 million acres of forest land that surround the Livermore Falls location. We are proud to practice responsible purchasing. More than 90 percent of the timber we buy comes from land certified as sustainably managed by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® or the American Tree Farm System® .
Our Livermore Falls plant is the first pallet manufacturing company in the New England area to offer FSC Chain of Custody (COC) Certified Products. Third-party auditors have verified that our COC-certified products are sourced from forests that meet the FSC’s high standards.
Benefits of Adhering to Certification Standards
PalletOne adheres to the certification standards for FSC COC products. We are committed to purchasing from landowners and logging contractors that:
One Hundred Percent Utilization
With sustainable practices in mind, our Livermore Falls plants use 100 percent of every log.
PalletOne uses a state-of-the-art scaling system that can sort logs into over 20 categories based on size and quality. This makes it possible to determine the best application for every log. We can select the most appropriate size for the manufacture of every pallet. At this stage, we identify visible defects and cut the logs to eliminate them.
No part of the log goes to waste. Any wood that is not used for pallets is earmarked for other industries. For example, bark for landscaping, wood chips for paper, firewood for home heating, and sawdust for animal bedding. Sawdust, bark and other biomass, is provided to co-generation plants to produce green electricity.
We take sustainable practices and going green to the next level. PalletOne uses the sawdust as fuel for our own boilers. Our facility is heated with green energy.
Efficiency is a top priority at our plant. We are capable of producing more than 10,000 pallets per day. PalletOne only makes the specific pallets our customers need. This eliminates the wasteful use of resources.
The savvy use of computer-controlled sawmill operations maximizes efficiency and minimizes energy use. Our sawmill operates as a continuous breakdown system. Each bolt passes through a series of sawing stations until it reaches the desired lumber size. Statistical process control systems ensure production of quality products with minimal waste.
We inspect for quality throughout the entire process. Wood with defects that do not meet our exact specifications is salvaged and re-manufactured through a computer optimization process. This further reduces waste and increases the yield from each log.
The Right Pallet Design
Operating in a sustainable manner means producing the right product for a particular need. Over-designed pallets might use a type of wood that is better suited to a more demanding application. Under-designed pallets may not stand up to the required loads. This can result in breakage and waste of lumber and product.
PalletOne avoids both extremes by using proprietary CAD programs and unit load design software. We evaluate pallet designs and loading to ensure the ideal fit for every customer’s unique requirements. Our goal is to use resources in the most effective way possible.
Extending the Life Cycle
Our pallets are designed for easy repair. This means they can be used multiple times instead of ending up in a landfill. We will also repurchase pallets that have reached the end of their useful life. They are “upcycled” to use for recycled pallets, biofuels, and other earth friendly products.
PalletOne in Livermore Falls, Maine offers new pallets, mulch, a lumber mill, hardwood paper chips, and recycling. We are pleased to serve the industrial and pharmaceutical markets.