Pallet Observations

Creating Custom Crates 'Til The Cows Come Home!

Sr Admin - Tuesday, January 29, 2013

We create custom wood crates and boxes for all different types of shipping needs, in any shape, size, or specification.  We’re able to meet the needs of any industry, even when it’s an unusual request. For example, we recently received a request to create wood crates capable of shipping 191 cows from Florida to the Prince of Oman in the middle east. We were happy to build custom crates meeting all of the unique specifications required. The cows were loaded 6-7 per crate to keep them from tipping and they were safely shipped half way across the world.

Do you have an unusual shipping need? Contact us today and let us design a custom packaging solution for you!

Standard Pallets and Custom Pallets

Sr Admin - Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Custom Wood Pallet

When you need a wooden pallet for shipping to domestic or international locations, a custom pallet designed to your product specifications and shipping needs, will support your merchandise with less chance of breakage than a pallet that is made for any product.

Standard Pallet

The term, “standard pallet” is more relevant to industry. For example, the old standard size grocery pallet was 48x40 and the beverage industry standard pallet was 36x36. However, manufacturers have recognized the benefit of a pallet that is made to each load’s specifications including the size and weight of each load the pallet will hold.

Our pallet design team will work with you to design the pallet or shipping container that meets the needs of your product, shipping method and other special requirements to keep products safe and minimize the chance for damage.

 Contact Dominion Pallet for a pallet quote on your next international or domestic shipment.

Shipping Pallet Options

Sr Admin - Monday, September 17, 2012
Supply chain optimization is involves getting products to your customers at the lowest overall cost however, problems such as product damage raise the cost. It may seem like a good idea to go with lower cost shipping methods until a pallet failure causes damage that negates the savings.

Pallet Options

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Custom Designed Wood Pallets
There are many pallet options that distribution managers consider, including pooled pallets, half pallets that stores use for display, and plastic pallets. Each of these options has appealing characteristics for supply chain managers looking to manage expenses.  Before deciding on a pallet, managers must determine if the pallet options are ideal for the product.

Wooden Pallets for Sale

Dominion Pallet sells custom designed wood pallets for the product you are shipping. The load, product and destination are factored into the pallet design and construction. Do you know where that pooled pallet has been or what it has been through? If it is a custom pallet designed for your product, reclaimed and reused you can be confident in its capabilities.

Contact Dominion Pallet for a pallet quote and talk to our team who can design and build pallets that are optimal for your supply chain.

Manufacturers Save Money with New Shipping Pallets

Sr Admin - Monday, July 30, 2012

Manufacturers of new goods such as soft drinks, food, and other consumer and industrial goods are looking for ways to increase their profit margin,which leads them to look to cheaper shipping methods. Low cost pallets and logistics are investigated as cost cutting strategies, but it doesn't take long for manufacturers to learn that they have a lot riding on those pallets. How much is one pallet load worth? If a cheaper pallet is used and it breaks during transit, will the load be lost? Certainly it will negate any benefit that a lower cost pallet can provide.

New Wooden Pallets

We recommend wooden pallets that are custom designed for the product you are shipping. Re-used pallets are fine, if they were designed for the same product and load specs each time. Pallets made to your shipping specifications will exceed the strength demanded by the size and weight of the load and conditions.

At Dominion Pallet, we have been manufacturing high quality new wooden pallets for over 80 years. We use software supported by NWPCA and our sales team is highly trained in pallet and crate packaging design.

Get a Pallet Quote

Contact Dominion Pallet online or call 540-894-5401 for a free pallet quote. Keep your products moving and avoid losses due to shipping breakage when you have properly designed pallets the load.

Pallet Delivery

We deliver truckloads of pallets to locations in Virginia (Richmond, Manassas, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Newport News, Norfolk, Hampton, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Winchester, Chantilly, Centreville, Springfield, Woodbridge, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Charolottesville, Staunton, Abingdon) and Maryland (Rockville, Clarksville, White Marsh, Bethesda, Baltimore). We also backhaul to mutually beneficial locations.

Half Pallets - Are They Trending?

Matt Yancey - Monday, May 21, 2012

Savings Found in Half Pallets

At the NWPCA meeting and Machine Expo in Richmond, VA this weekend, one topic I heard discussions about was the half pallet. It is half the size of a regular GMA pallet and can either be 48 X 20 or 24 X 40.  Shippers use them for smaller sized loads rather than using the full sized GMA. It saves shippers money, space and shipping weight. I have noticed them in grocery stores and big box stores where on display. If you are shipping smaller load sizes a half pallet may be a good solution for you.

Interested in half pallets for your shipping needs? Contact us online or call 540-894-5401.

East Coast Sawmill and Logging Expo

Sr Admin - Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Pallet Expo in Richmond VA

Owners and management of Dominion Pallet will attend the East Coast Sawmill and Logging Richmond Expo on May 18 and 19, 2012.  The Expo features machines from the wood and pallet industry and gives us a chance to see the new machines in action.  Manufacturers from all over the world come to Richmond for the bi-annual event to meet potential customers and showcase their equipment.  In conjunction with the event the NWPCA has meetings and events in Richmond which we will also attend.  We look forward to seeing the newest machines in the pallet industry and meeting with our pallet manufacturing colleagues!

Maybe we'll buy a new stacker at the Expo.  We got this one there, many years ago.

Heat Treating Pallets

Sr Admin - Friday, April 27, 2012

How Long Does it Take to Heat Treat Pallets?

We heat treat two to three loads of pallets a day in our kiln.  Loads take about two and a half hours to cook during the warmer months and up to four hours during the winter months.  Heat treating is done to kill any bugs that are in the pallets before they are shipped internationally.  Because of the extra step in the production process we ask for  a little more lead time when ordering heat treated pallets.

Wood Pallets Loaded into the Kiln

Information Needed to Order Pallets

Matt Yancey - Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Our regular customers know the information we'll ask of them to design pallets that meet their shipping needs. However if you are new to ordering a shipment of wooden pallets, here are some of the questions we'll be asking when you call.

What Size Pallet?

For example 48 X 40. 48 represents the length, or runner length. The 40 represents the width, or the decking length. Remember that is just and example. We manufacturer wood pallets of all sizes.

Two way or four way pallet? 

Two way means the pallet's stringers will be solid, and four way means the stringers will have notches for forklift access from all four sides of the pallet.

How much weight will you put on this pallet?

This will determine the design of the pallet and the thickness of the boards.

Will the pallet be used for international shipping?

We recommend heat treating all pallets that are shipped overseas to prevent any hold ups in port.

There are other things that go into designing the perfect pallet for your load, but if you know those three things on your first call I am sure we can figure out the rest together.

A Pallet's Second Life

Sr Admin - Friday, February 17, 2012
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DIYers are repurposing wooden pallets to serve all sorts of creative functions.
Of course we love pallets, our name gives us away. Thanks to the social media site, “Pinterest”  we know how much other people like to use pallets in their everyday life. Apparently repurposed wooden pallets are used for shelves, art mediums, kitchen tables, coffee tables, bed frames, shoe racks, planters, and many other creative purposes. Some people leave them natural for a rustic look and some paint the pallets for a modern look.

At Dominion Pallet we sell mostly to product manufacturers. If you are a DIYer looking for a pallet for your next project, there may be some used pallets a warehouse or store will give or sell you on the cheap, but make sure you ask permission first. If the pallet is still in good condition, the store/manufacturer is likely going to use it for the product again, so don’t take it before they say it is OK.

We’re looking forward to seeing more creations inspired by wooden pallets!

Behind the Scenes at Dominion Pallet

Matt Yancey - Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This video is of our M2L lumber stacker we purchased from the Pallet Machinery Group behind our Newman band saw.  We stack everything from half inch boards  to one 1.5 inch runners on the stacker which can stack up to 12 layers per minute. We have had this stacker for about 5 years and before that we had a similar M2L in the same spot. A different stacker from PMG is behind our notcher.

Lumber Stackers Keep Production of Wooden Pallets Moving Fast

These stackers help keep us rolling here at Dominion Pallet, bringing you high quality, wooden pallets for international or domestic shipping.