Get a Load of New Pallet Systems and Technology

Although a smaller item in the supply chain, pallets play a major role in moving the world’s products. And savvy buyers know there is more to these platforms than wood and nails. That’s why many gather at EXPO Richmond to learn about the latest innovations in pallet systems and technology.

Later this month, sawmill workers and other professionals in the wood packaging industry will convene at the Richmond Raceway Complex in Richmond, Virginia, for the 38th East Coast Sawmill and Logging Equipment Exposition (EXPO Richmond) on May 20-21. EXPO Richmond, as it is commonly known, is America’s leading trade show for the forest products industry.

During this two-day event, participants can learn from a variety of educational sessions covering topics such as wood processing, business management, and marketing. Attendees can also peruse the newest and most advanced machinery, equipment, and technology in the indoor and outdoor exhibit areas. The indoor exhibit is spread out over one-half million square feet. Hundreds of displays will be present including the largest collection of sawmilling, kiln drying, harvesting, biomass, trucking, pallet manufacturing/recycling, material handling, and other supplies and services. The outdoor expo boasts acres of active, hands-on machinery, and equipment demonstrations.

This event provides the perfect opportunity to connect with colleagues in the forest products industry as well as compare current equipment to the latest advancements, especially as it pertains to pallet systems. In past years, we were impressed by innovations including high-speed nailing machines that can produce pallets every 8 seconds and super saw systems that can scan, optimize, cut, and sort multiple sizes of boards accurately at roughly 3,000 boards per hour.

EXPO Richmond is co-sponsored by the Virginia Forest Products Association and the Cooperative Extension Service at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. For more info on the expo including a complete list of exhibitors, hotel accommodations, and registration details, visit

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