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I N S I D E V O L . 1 5 | N O . 2 BUSINESS 36 A "Little" Bit About Business Growth Steven S. Little presented during NWPCA's Annual Leadership Conference on the "7 Irrefutable Rules of Business Growth." A summary of his presentation highlights the 7 rules while sharing his famous "milkshake" example of how technology can control employees instead of serving them. PALLET DESIGN SYSTEM™ 38 Pallet Design for Five Gallon Plastic Pails When it comes to designing pallets for typical unit loads, PDS includes several different functionalities to help users produce a more efficient, better designed pallet. We'll walk through some design configurations and demonstrate ways to increase the footprint efficiency using PDS. By Dr. Brad Gething DEPARTMENTS Chairman's Message ........................................6 Inside NWPCA ..................................................8 Capitol Hill Corner ..........................................12 The Pallet Foundation ....................................42 Advertisers ....................................................44 14 Pharmaceutical Pallets The fourth and final article of a series meant to discuss cooperative efforts and further the conversation between the pharmaceutical industry and wood packaging suppliers. It allows both of these groups the opportunity to review the controls put in place over the past few years. By David Ulrich, Jorgelina Gonzalez and Dr. Brad Gething MARKETS 24 A Much Different Picture Industrial hardwood markets take an unexpected turn. In a relatively short time, several key markets for the center of the log have gone from boom to bust, and even markets that remain healthy are now seeing big supply bumps. Read the market slowdowns, twists and turns, and how pallet stock may be an exception. By Hardwood Publishing Company SAFETY 28 OSHA HazCom Enforcement, Let's Get it Right Given the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard has been around since 1986, some employers are still not "getting it right" when it comes to HazCom compliance. By Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP MANUFACTURING 32 Industry Thought Leaders: Building a Better Pallet, Getting the Edge on Saw Blades Pallets are surrounded by more than just wood, there are plenty of nails too. Industry thought leaders share their comments on what to look for in a blade, safety practices and what makes a better blade. There is much more to a blade than just iron and carbon. Compiled by Annette Ferri Published six times annually by the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association, 1421 Prince Street, Suite 340, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-6104; Fax: 703-519-4720; info@palletcentral.com. Subscriptions to PalletCentral are complimentary, however you need to subscribe at PalletCentral.com. Additional postage may apply to subscriptions located outside the United States and Canada. Connect with NWPCA FEATURES Pallet Central 4 PalletCentral • March-April 2015 palletcentral.com

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