APC is not standing still

ARTICLE BY TIMES DAILY | JANUARY 24, 2017

Jeremy Bowley, Kim Brackin and Rocky Williams with some of the product at APC Forest Products in Muscle Shoals. JIM HANNON/TIMES DAILY

Building and shipping pallets require a great deal of movement.

Jeremy Bowley, president of APC Forest Products, said that is true not only in the literal sense but figuratively, as well.

“A business can’t be stagnant,” said Bowley, whose Muscle Shoals company has 55 employees. “You’ve always got to be thinking of other ideas.

 “You always have to be looking for the next customer. It can take a year to land a customer. You’ve really got to work hard to get the business.”
For example, in 2008, APC acquired a new nail machine and trim saw, according to the company’s website. A year later it expanded to include borate treatments for railroad industry products.

Bowley said it’s also essential to always be thinking of the customer.

“You can get the business and it might take a year, but you can ruin that customer in a day,” Bowley said.

Naturally, some customers bring in more money than others, but Bowley said all deserve full attention.

“When working with a customer, it doesn’t matter if they do $150 in business or $2 million worth of business,” he said. “Treat them the same. You never know when that buyer might become one for a larger business.”

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Program enables Muscle Shoals pallet company to hire more workers

ARTICLE BY THE NEWS COURIER | JANUARY 24, 2017

MUSCLE SHOALSAPC Forest Products was recently awarded $15,000 from the Shoals Economic Development Authority board to assist with hiring more full-time employees at its wooden pallet and crate manufacturing business.

The funds were made possible through the Employment Growth Program, according to a press release. The purpose of the program is to encourage full-time employment growth by providing assistance to eligible firms offering new employment opportunities for Muscle Shoals residents.

“The (EPG) funds helped us hire six new permanent staff members,” said Jeremy Bowley, president of APC Forest Products. “That’s more than a 10 percent increase in our labor force. We have added an extra hand-built crew to make custom pallets and containers. … We’re grateful to the Shoals Industrial Development Committee and its partners for offering innovative ways to help businesses here thrive.”
While wooden pallets literally move most products across the globe, the industry often remains a mystery to those not involved in it. The vast majority of consumer and manufacturing goods, domestically and internationally, move on pallets, with nearly 95 percent crafted from wood. Building and transporting wooden pallets is an $11.5 billion industry with nearly 3,000 mostly small family businesses operating in all 50 states.
As the demand for wooden pallets and crates continues to grow in north Alabama and beyond, Bowley said, APC Forest Products is considering expanding again.

“We believe there is enough business to sustain our work force and are considering adding a second shift,” he said.

SEDA Grant for APC

ARTICLE BY COURIER JOURNAL | JANUARY 17, 2017

APC Forest Products was recently awarded $15,000 from the Shoals Economic Development Authority (SEDA) board to assist with hiring more full-time employees at its wooden pallet and crate manufacturing business.

“The Employment Growth Program funds helped us hire six new permanent staff members,” said Jeremy Bowley, president of APC Forest Products. “That’s more than a 10% increase in our labor force. We have added an extra hand-built crew to make custom pallets and containers.

“We’re grateful to the Shoals Industrial Development Committee and its partners for offering innovative ways to help businesses here thrive.”

While wooden pallets move most products across the globe, the industry often remains a mystery to those not involved in it. The vast majority of consumer and manufacturing goods move domestically and internationally on pallets. Nearly 95% of those pallets are crafted from wood. Building and transporting wooden pallets is an $11.5 billion industry with nearly 3,000 mostly small family businesses operating in all 50 states.

Muscle Shoals firm gets ‘the world moving’ with pallets

Jeremy Bowley, president of APC

ARTICLE BY AL.COM | WRITTEN BY WILLIAM THORNTON

Wooden pallets move the world.

That’s what Jeremy Bowley, president of APC Forest Products of Muscle Shoals, says.

Numbers bear that out. Wooden pallets are an $11.5 billion dollar a year industry in the U.S. Almost 3,000 businesses operating in all 50 states make the pallets, which are an integral part of commerce.

Pallets help in stabilizing products in transit as well as protecting them and making them easier to move in bulk. They have to be cheap enough to use and reuse, and of late, recyclable.

“If you see something going down the road on a truck, it’s got a pallet,” Bowley said. “Nothing moves without them, whether its sold in Walmart, a grocery store, a clothing store. If it got shipped out, it’s on a pallet.”

APC Forest Products has been in business in north Alabama for more than 46 years, first in Town Creek as the Alabama Pallet Co. before moving to a five-acre site in Muscle Shoals in 2003.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Designated Wooden Pallets Built by AL-based APC Forest Products as Biopreferred

MUSCLE SHOALS, ALA. — The Pallet Design System used for years by APC Forest Products to create wooden pallets was recently designated as biopreferred by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Bio Preferred LabelAfter an extensive review process that included third-party testing, the USDA BioPreferred Program and the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) announced in November all coated and uncoated wood pallets manufactured with NWPCA’s Pallet Design System (PDS) would be recognized by USDA’s BioPreferred Program. That’s important because all federal agencies and their contractors have a sustainable product acquisition mandate to purchase bio-based products identified by USDA’s BioPreferred program.

Wooden pallets are an $11.5 billion dollar annual industry, with nearly 3,000 mostly family-run businesses operating in all 50 states.

APC Forest Products, Inc., in business in north Alabama for more than 46 years, uses the PDS engineering program to ensure its wooden pallets safely and successfully carry product loads for global distribution.

Muscle Shoals, AL Wooden Pallet Manufacturer Wins Grant to Add Jobs

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (January 5, 2017) – APC Forest Products was recently awarded $15,000 from the Shoals Economic Development Authority (SEDA) board to assist with hiring more full-time employees at its wooden pallet and crate manufacturing business.

“The Employment Growth Program funds helped us hire six new permanent staff members,” said Jeremy Bowley, president of APC Forest Products. “That’s more than a 10 percent increase in our labor force. We have added an extra hand-built crew to make custom pallets and containers.

“We’re grateful to the Shoals Industrial Development Committee and its partners for offering innovative ways to help businesses here thrive.” (Photo: Jeremy Bowley)

While wooden pallets literally move most products across the globe, the industry often remains a mystery to those not involved in it. The vast majority of consumer and manufacturing goods, domestically and internationally, move on pallets, with nearly 95 percent crafted from wood. Building and transporting wooden pallets is an $11.5 billion industry with nearly 3,000 mostly small family businesses operating in all 50 states.

As the demand for wooden pallets and crates continues to grow in north Alabama and beyond, Bowley said, APC Forest Products is considering expanding again: “We believe there is enough business to sustain our work force and are considering adding a second shift.”

ABOUT THE EMPLOYMENT GROWTH PROGRAM

The purpose of the Employment Growth Program (EGP) is to encourage full-time employment growth by providing assistance to eligible firms offering new employment opportunities for Muscle Shoals residents. The idea is that sustainable manufacturing jobs and investment directly translate into the growth of retail and service opportunities throughout the area. The EGP awards up to $150,000 annually with funds provided by the Shoals Economic Development Fund (SEDF). For a new or existing for-profit firm to qualify for the Shoals Employment Growth Program, the company must be defined as any trade or business described in the 2012 North American Industrial Classification System and legally operate within Lauderdale and/or Colbert Counties, among other considerations.

ABOUT APC FOREST PRODUCTS

APC Forest Products is a full-service manufacturer of wooden pallets, rough-cut lumber, dunnage and crates, specializing in custom-designed solutions to wood packing material needs for clients in north Alabama, southern Tennessee and northeastern Mississippi. Since 1970, the company has crafted pallets of all sizes and specifications for big industry, farmers, manufacturers, and more. Using Pallet Design System (PDS) computerized technology, the company designs each pallet to meet customers’ specific needs. APC Forest Products began 46 years ago, as Alabama Pallet Company. In 2003, the company changed names and moved from Town Creek, Alabama, to its current five-acre site in Muscle Shoals. To learn more, visit apcforestproducts.com or call 256.248.3321.

Alabama Pallet Makers Booming – APC featured in Businessalabama.com

Two Alabama wood products companies announced moves in September, with Bay Wood Products adding capacity to its Robertsdale plant and APC Forest Products in Muscle Shoals upgrading its digital presence to reach customers globally.

Both companies offer a variety of forest products but specialize particularly in pallets, of which there are 2 billion in circulation at any given time in the United States. Wooden pallets are an $11.5 billion industry.

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APC Forest Products
338 E. Washington Drive
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

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