COVID-19 UPDATE 3-24-2020

Timber Creek Resource has been designated via the Department of Homeland Security as a “critical infrastructure” manufacturer. Our packaging solutions are serving manufacturers to the electrical grid that brings power to hospitals, clinics, laboratories, test kit manufacturers along with homes and other businesses. Our customers are depending on us to do everything possible to maintain normal operations. Across our nine production facilities and Wisconsin corporate office, our team members are working to follow the behavioral guidelines recommended by the CDC and WHO, while still completing their work for our customers. We continue to monitor the constantly changing environment and will adjust to keep our employees safe and our customers serviced.

How Custom Pallets, Skids, & Bases Streamline Manufacturing

In heavy equipment manufacturing, agriculture, and the steel industry, industrial packaging is needed long before it’s time to ship out a finished product. The custom pallets, skids, and bases we design not only help store heavy duty products, they assist in the manufacturing process and simplify packaging by eliminating double handling.

How Custom Pallets, Skids, and Bases are Designed & Built

After conducting a walk-through or obtaining a product drawing, our packaging engineers design custom pallets, skids, or bases from a combination of hardwood, softwood, panel products, and foam. Each order is developed according to the customer’s unique needs and can be adapted for both storage and transport in any warehouse, shipping container, or workcell.

Some design elements are used to streamline the manufacturing process. For example, packaging engineers may include casters for manual movement from workcell to workcell, or raise the height of a pallet, base or skid so that a forklift can pass under it. By improving transport during manufacturing, custom industrial pallets, bases, and skids help to maximize productivity and eliminate waste.

Around 65% of the total industrial packaging produced by Timber Creek Resource is ISPM 15 certified for international shipping. Hardwood pallets, skids, and bases are sometimes subject to heat treating for this purpose. All softwood materials arrive to our facility kiln-dried and marked with the heat treat stamp. The ability to source these materials from our own mills bolsters sourcing integrity and lowers the final cost of pallets, skids, and bases for the customer.

How Custom Industrial Packaging Prevents Double-Handling

The better suited a custom pallet, skid, or base is to the overall operation, the faster and more cost efficient that process will be. With a little creative engineering, it’s possible to use the same custom bases for both internal and external logistics. This eliminates the problem of double-handling and streamlines both packaging and manufacturing.

By securing a corrugated enclosure on top of an existing custom base, we can form a shipping box around the product. Like custom industrial pallets, skids, and bases, these enclosures are unlimited in size and volume. To keep the packaging process fluid, enclosures can be quickly and easily nailed to the base or banded at the end of the manufacturing process.

Other customizations secure products without the need for additional packaging, no matter where or how they’re likely to be transported. For example, it’s possible to run the top boards of base on a CNC machine to create mounting hole patterns. This allows heavy machinery to be anchored down for both secure shipping and internal transport. A design can also utilize V-notched saddles to cradle heavy components and keep them from rolling off while in motion. Radius blocks are also sometimes bolted to the decks of a pallet for the same reason.

For more information on custom pallets, skids, and bases at Timber Creek Resource, contact Tom Nelson by phone at 414-755-4922 or by email at tomn@tcrllc.com.

Enviro-Board: Reusable Packaging That Lasts for Decades

Enviro-Board is an extremely durable, and reusable industrial packaging material that has been helping our customers reduce costs for three decades. Made from high-density polyethylene, with up to 94% total recycled content, this packaging material is as environmentally friendly as it is reliable.

Enviro-Board is a Cost Effective & Reusable Packaging Solution

Years ago, we realized that some of our customers needed an indefinitely reusable packaging material in order to make their shipping and packaging operations more cost effective. Though much of our highly durable, all-weather wooden packaging is designed to last, some applications seemed to need something even tougher.

Consisting of recycled plastic and high-density polyethylene, Enviro-Board does not break down the way that all wooden packaging eventually will. As a result, very demanding shipping and manufacturing environments can indefinitely reuse Enviro-Board packaging in their operations. Unlike other types of industrial packaging, Timber Creek Resource is even able to repair boxes, pallets, and crates made from Enviro-Board. As a result, repeat purchases of Enviro-Board reusable packaging is rarely needed.

Timber Creek Resource has seen some of our Enviro-Board industrial packaging last for over 20 years. By now, those Enviro-Board containers and pallets have paid for themselves multiple times over, saving our customers a significant amount in packaging costs. By comparison, other types of competing polyethylene reusable packaging do not last as long, because they are typically manufactured with sawdust as a filler that weakens the overall integrity of the material.

Who Benefits from Enviro-Board Reusable Packaging

We most often see Enviro-Board used in closed-loop shipping operations that want to use the same shipping materials over and over. Businesses in the automotive industry, light industrial manufacturing, construction, paper, and steel manufacturing are just a few examples of the types of customers who use Enviro-Board.

These customers like Enviro-Board for its durability, its ability to be used in overseas shipping, and for its level of customization. Timber Creek Resource can craft Enviro-Board pallets, crates, and boxes in unlimited sizes and quantities, giving customers the flexibility they need. So far, we’ve built Enviro-Board boxes as large as 8 feet long and 4 feet wide, and as small as a shoe box. Even larger or smaller options are still possible.

Another benefit of Enviro-Board as a reusable packaging material is the ability to keep track of Enviro-Board industrial packaging using ID tagging. This is especially convenient in automated shipping and inventory operations. Enviro-Board reusable packaging can also be stenciled with branding and labeling to further aid in parcel identification and tracking.

If you think your business could also benefit from a reusable packaging solution, get in touch with Randy Haupt by phone at 715-679-3079 or by email at randyh@mbxpkg.com.

Panel vs. Softwood: Which Industrial Wooden Box is Right for You?

How we make an industrial wooden box depends entirely on the product, its application, and destination. Timber Creek Resource begins with your specs in order to design a box that will get your products where they need to go safely and damage-free, while still being cost effective. There are many factors to determine what works best for you, but most boxes are either softwood or panel.

How We Use Industrial Panel Boxes

Panel boxes are constructed of OSB or plywood, depending on the customer specifications. These types of industrial boxes are ideal for when product needs to be fully enclosed for protection, especially for international shipments. Boxes can be built to fit any size and produced in any quantity, however, panel boxes tend to be the most cost effective in large sizes. Whether they are built from OSB or plywood, the sides of panel boxes are held together using softwood cleats so they can be securely nailed. Boxes can be designed to handle light or heavy-duty applications.

Where OSB is made from thin wood strands that are mixed with wax and adhesives and hot pressed into flat panels, plywood is constructed from thin sheets of veneer, cross laminated and glued together. While both have the same degree of strength, OSB is more cost effective while plywood is more water resistant and provides a smoother surface for painting or stenciling. A packaging engineer will take into consideration the environment the box will be exposed to and other usage information to determine whether OSB or plywood is the best fit.

How We Use Industrial Softwood Boxes

When the job requires additional strength and rigidity, a softwood box may be the better option. Softwood is exceptionally strong and adds superior protection. Softwood boxes may also be more suitable depending on the size of box needed. If one material lends itself better to the specs required, it can reduce the machining necessary, and those savings are passed on to the customer.

Softwood boxes are made of durable, kiln dried spruce, pine, or fir, and debarked to meet ISPM 15 standards required for overseas shipping. Depending on the application, a packaging engineer will suggest using either 1x or 2x softwood to properly support and protect heavier products. Like a panel box, packaging engineers can build a softwood box to any size and quantity, and we tend to recommend them for heavier materials or when certain board sizes fit with a product specification.

Logistics and Other Options for Industrial Boxes

There is flexibility in how boxes are shipped to customers. Boxes can be shipped knockdown (unassembled) or fully assembled, depending on the size of the product and the customer’s available storage space and assembly manpower. Logistics plays a major role on how to best utilize a truck to maximize the amount of boxes that will fit, which will minimize freight costs. Assembled boxes require additional space, resulting in a smaller shipment load.

No matter the material, all boxes at Timber Creek Resource can be ASTM/ISTA certified as necessary. At the end of the day, the customer’s specs and shipping needs dictate whether a packaging engineer will suggest either a panel box or a softwood box. If interested in exploring either of these industrial wooden boxes as a potential packaging solution, contact our industrial box expert, Paul Bova, at 414-755-4909 or paulb@tcrllc.com.

Live Plant Shipping Containers: The Wirebound Nursery Crate

The wirebound nursery crate is a cost-effective shipping container for a variety of live plants including annuals, perennials, and small shrubs. On the outside, they seem fairly uniform. Each wirebound nursery crate fits around a standard GMA pallet and measure 74 inches tall. On the inside, however, these live plant shipping containers can have custom cleats to fit anywhere from 3 to 5 slide-in shelves.

How the Wirebound Nursery Crate Works for Shipping Live Plants

The easy, slide-in shelving makes this nursery crate especially convenient. They’re designed to allow water to drain from shelf to shelf for efficient watering and drainage. After each shelf is in place, the crate’s sides are stapled to a pallet, and the front of the wirebound can be swung shut and fastened securely for transportation.

Wirebound nursery crates can be made from hardwood or softwood, and are built to support up to 1,000 pounds. Our packaging engineers at Timber Creek Resource help each customer decide on the best materials and shelf design for their specific needs. Slight customizations like these help us ensure that every live plant shipping container is both cost effective and functional.

Unique Benefits of These Live Plant Shipping Containers

Compared to metal racking, wirebound crates are so cost-effective they are considered disposable. They’re also easier to assemble, and don’t have to be picked up from each destination after delivery. While wirebound nursery crates are designed for safe disposal, they’re still strong enough for reuse when needed. These nursery crates are also cost-effective in terms of logistics. For nurseries moving large amounts of product, 275 wirebound nursery crates can be shipped per truckload, reducing overall costs. This can be an important factor for smaller businesses that don’t have a large-scale logistics operation.  

These live plant shipping containers also serve more than one purpose. Beyond moving product from nurseries to retailers, wirebound nursery crates are also great for point of purchase display. This nursery crate’s exceptional durability makes it a reliable option for outdoor storage. Its hardy material can easily withstand the elements, making these nursery crates perfect for outdoor displays.

Whatever your packaging needs, Timber Creek Resource is here to engineer a solution. For more information on the live plant shipping containers available at Timber Creek Resource, get in touch with our wirebound nursery crate specialist, Mike Moffett, at MikeM@wisconsinbox.com, email wirebound crate expert John Tomaino, or call 716-695-5360.

Collapsible Hinged-Corner Crates are Efficient Solutions for High Volume Packaging

Collapsible industrial crates are an efficient solution for high volume jobs where heavy products must be completely crated. This lightweight and cost effective crate unfolds like a carton, and can be easily slipped over the top of the product. The crating process is much faster than building individual pieces of industrial packaging around heavy machinery, parts, or materials.

Shorter packaging processes save manufacturers time and money, while also protecting their investment. The larger the product, the more labor intensive it can be to fully package it, making a hinged-corner crate a time and energy-saving option. At Timber Creek Resource, our packaging engineers have built custom hinged-corner crates as large as 8 ft x 6 ft.

Collapsible Industrial Crates Make Effective and Accessible Storage Solutions

A packaging solution must withstand thousands of pounds of weight and harsh conditions in order to be a viable option for heavy industry. For this reason, collapsible crate designs are not only efficient, they’re also highly durable. These crates can protect materials indoors or outdoors, and aren’t subject to moisture damage like OSB crating.

Collapsible crates are also extremely strong, and hold up far better than corrugated packaging. At Timber Creek Resource, each of our hinged corner crates can be shake-tested in an ISTA-certified lab to assure customers that their products will be safe from shipping damage. These lighter-than-plywood crates are also shipped flat and take up less storage space in warehouses.

Collapsible Industrial Crate Designs

Metal Tab Corner Crate

Our industrial hinged-corner crates can be built with either nylon straps or metal tabs to secure it. While nylon straps are stronger and more durable, metal tabs are more cost effective. Packaging engineers will suggest a specificcollapsible crate design hinge according the customer’s size, weight and use requirements.

 

Timber Creek Resource also builds hinged-corner crates in either “full-tube” or “half-tube” designs. Full-tube designs are best for smaller products and are made with all 4 sides of the crate connected. Half-tube designs are specifically intended for crating exceptionally large pieces, and are made with 2 of the 4 sides connected for easier assembly. For each of our industrial crating customers, Timber Creek engineers collaborate to understand the application and help determine which product works best.

For more information on hinged-corner crating at Timber Creek Resource, email Dave Thurs at davet@mbxpkg.com, or reach out by phone at 715-679-3080.

You Need High Quality Pallets Milwaukee!

It is that time of the year again. You are working to increase the amount of material and goods in your location to meet your customers’ needs. No matter which facet of the business you operate in, from the manufacturing to the distribution, it is essential to have the right type and style of pallet for the job. When it comes to pallets, Milwaukee companies will find numerous options to choose from. You can count on a reliable team like Timber Creek Resource to help you get the job done.

The Type of Pallets Milwaukee Needs

It does not have to be difficult to find exactly what you need. The key is knowing what your needs are. If you are unsure, it helps to speak to a packaging engineer who can give you guidance on the right type of pallet for your application. Options range from two and four-way pallets. You can choose options for equipment, stock, or those for grocery stores. Choose from a variety of designs, too, such as solid top pallets, painted pallets for easy identification, and flush pallets that make storing large numbers of items easy to do.

Take a moment to consider what you need in pallets in Milwaukee. From distribution and shipping pallets to those used for heavy or light duty use, there is much to consider when buying these products. By and far, though, the most important aspect is choosing a reliable company who can help ensure you always receive the highest quality of pallets possible. Quality never has to be questioned when you work with the right company.

When you need high quality, reliable pallets in Milwaukee, put your trust in the professionals at Timber Creek Resource. Call us today 414-466-1645 to get a quote on the products you need.

4 Reasons to Choose Wooden Shipping Boxes for Your Business

Are you tired of your shipping containers breaking? Maybe you are getting too many damage claims, or your freight costs keep going up each quarter? This could be a good time to explore the many benefits of wooden shipping boxes and crates from Timber Creek Resource. In fact, here are four great reasons to consider wood.

1. You Have Little Control Over Freight Handling

Your people may be very careful and experienced with moving and loading goods. However, once your products leave your facility, you have almost no control over what happens. Custom wood crates are more forgiving than cheaply made containers, and they can take some abuse.

2. Fragile Loads

You can carefully mark each container as “fragile,” but these words do very little to protect what’s inside. When you use custom-made wooden shipping boxes from Timber Creek Resource, your materials are fully protected. For example, do you need something designed to prevent crushing? Maybe you want containers that keep their contents from moving about. We can design and build the right wooden shipping boxes for your business.

3. Staging and Stacking

Many companies routinely stage their goods before loading. This makes it easier to count and check loads. Crates made from wood are easily stacked, so it takes less space to stage your materials. It’s also easier to place them into stock because we can give you skid bottoms you can load with lift trucks. There’s no need to invest in a lot of pallets.

4. Many Options

Timber Creek Resource can create just about any kind of wooden shipping boxes you need. We can give you fully assembled containers, or you to save space, you can put them together at your facility. To find out what we can do for your company, call us today at 414-466-1645. Wood may be more cost-effective than you think.

Go Lean: Vendor Managed Inventory Benefits

Perfecting inventory management of industrial packaging products is a key component of lean manufacturing. Unfortunately, it’s often easier said than done. The process of inventory management is not only time-consuming and tedious, it’s crucial for maximizing ROI and maintaining workflow. Many companies are shifting the burden of tracking packaging inventory to a third party through vendor managed inventory (VMI).

What Are the Basic Benefits of Vendor Managed Inventory?

For operations in need of daily or weekly shipments of wood packaging, this service can have a significant positive impact on productivity and workflow. Instead of spending time and payroll having internal staff catalogue and order industrial packaging supplies, the vendor’s own team manages the process instead. With several hours more per week to spend running the floor and moving product, internal staff can increase output and work more efficiently.

When our customers’ employees’ top priority is production, packaging needs can be temporarily forgotten. By outsourcing that to someone whose only mission is ensuring your packaging needs are met, you never find yourself suddenly unable to make the next shipment. All our resources are laser-focused on getting your packaging needs met, so your employees don’t need to split their time.

In addition to more accurate inventory management, a VMI program can also help reduce the amount of packaging stock the customer needs to keep on-site. Timber Creek Resource actually keeps your most commonly used wood packaging in stock at our warehouses to ensure speedy delivery as needed. This particular vendor managed inventory benefit allows our customers to maximize their investment with us by allocating more of their facility’s space to profit-generating processes.

The Benefits of Vendor Managed Inventory at Timber Creek Resource

It goes without saying that a successful VMI program is built on trust, and Timber Creek Resource has spent years earning a reputation for reliability, accuracy, and consistency. Here is how our customers specifically benefit from the uniquely comprehensive vendor managed inventory services we offer:

Constant Open Communication. Our customers are never in the dark on the details of their vendor managed inventory program. Full reports are provided each time inventory is catalogued to ensure total transparency. This also ensures that Timber Creek Resource is able to accommodate any changes in packaging needs as quickly as possible, to keep product and business moving.

On-site Inventory Management. We see your operation in action every week, and are regularly available should you have questions or need guidance on any type of industrial packaging. There’s a lot to be said about the accountability and customer service that naturally results from regular face-to-face communication. At Timber Creek Resource, we believe that the more tuned in we are to your needs, the more value we are able to provide. On-site VMI programs are a great way to facilitate a high quality relationship.

Just-In-Time Delivery, Every Time. Truckloads of industrial packaging are sent out to replenish your inventory as soon as next-day. We understand that without wood packaging, your business shuts down. Our VMI programs help prevent those costly shut downs by having our wood packaging there just-in-time for you to use it.

VMI is win-win, because it allows your employees to focus on what they do best, and we can focus on what we do best. If you would like to learn more about the vendor managed inventory benefits provided by Timber Creek Resource, contact Doug Kruse at 414-466-1645 or dougk@tcrllc.com.

Cut Costs With This Wood Pallet Alternative

Getting creative in cutting overhead is how heavy industry stays competitive, and swapping out traditional pallets for more cost effective storage and packing solutions is just one way to do that. As a wood pallet alternative, band notched lumber is not only less expensive, it’s customizable and adaptable to modern automated packing systems. In the right applications, band notched lumber could be the wood pallet alternative you’re looking for.

How Does Band Notched Lumber Work?

For operations moving, stacking, and storing high volumes of large or lengthy self-supporting materials around a facility, traditional wood pallets may not always be adequate. This is why band notched lumber was developed as a heavy duty wood pallet alternative for applications in construction, automotive, and defense industries.

Band notched lumber acts as a pallet-crate hybrid for long pieces of material such as metal products, tubing, piping, or plywood. Each piece of lumber is cut to a specific length and strategically grooved. Between two and four pieces of band notched lumber is typically placed underneath or around a product, while steel or plastic banding is wrapped up and over the material to secure it in place along each groove. This notched design also allows a forklift to slide under the unit for efficient internal transport without the risk of damaging product. In some cases, band notched lumber can also work as runners on skids to allow for banding to slide freely under the skid and around the product being supported.

Band notched lumber is intended for shipping and for use in facilities where a durable, reusable storage solution is required.

What Makes Band Notched Lumber a Great Wood Pallet Alternative?

The number one reason to consider band notched lumber as a wood pallet alternative is the price point. Band notched lumber can be inexpensively shipped across hundreds of miles, requires less storage space than wood pallets, and being reusable, can help maximize your investment in essential industrial packing materials.

However, cost savings isn’t the only benefit of making the switch to band notched lumber should the job call for it. At Timber Creek Resource, we specialize in custom industrial packaging, and like most of our products, band notched lumber can be cut to a wide variety of sizes to accommodate unique specifications. Lengths typically range from 24 to 96 inches, while the number and type of bands used depends on the size and weight of the material.

Timber Creek Resource is ISPM 15 certified, accommodating companies that need to adhere to international policies.

Not only is band notched lumber cost effective and customizable, it can be used in both manual and automated processes. As a matter of fact, Timber Creek Resource offers facility visits where our packaging engineers can take a look at your total operation or automated packing system to make an assessment of what industrial packaging solutions might be best. Whether band notched lumber is the right wood pallet alternative for you, our team is committed to finding a true solution for your precise needs.

To request samples of band notched lumber or find out more about the custom industrial packaging and storage solutions provided at Timber Creek Resource, contact Tamra Kegler at 715-623-7907 or tamrak@tcrllc.com.