Pallet Consultants Nationwide announced that its facility in Dunn, N.C. has doubled its team and boosted pallet production by 40% in response to increased supply chain demands caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Serving the rapidly growing Raleigh metropolitan area, the newly-renovated pallet repair and production facility has expanded its capabilities to meet a surge in the need for pallets in manufacturing, distribution, food and pharmaceutical supply chains.
Many of these essential supply chains have been negatively impacted by shortages of reliable pallets, putting the transportation of critical goods at risk. To combat this and keep supplies flowing to where they are needed most, General Manager Justin Smith says the Dunn facility has been taking proactive measures and is focusing on assisting key local distributers in the North Carolina supply chain. “We’ve been working closely with clients that distribute food and medical supplies,” said Smith.
Although the Dunn facility has already expanded production by 40% since January, Smith says an additional 40% surge in production is planned as hiring continues. “We maxed capacity in our first shift, so had to add a second shift three weeks ago,” Smith said. “Efficiency will also increase as new automated systems for pallet production and quality assurance are scheduled for installation in early May.”
Like other Pallet Consultants locations, the warehouse in Dunn has donated medical supplies to local hospitals helping those suffering from COVID-19. “We donated what masks we had on hand and are always on the lookout for more,” Smith said, noting he’s “seen a lot of engagement and huge support from the local community.”