Letter from Founder and President, Jimmy Wilson
March 7, 2019
This spring, we are looking forward to the opportunity to learn from our peers during the upcoming National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) Annual Leadership Conference (ALC). This will be the first time in six years that I'm attending as a regular member. It was my honor to serve two three-year terms on the NWPCA Board of Directors. Now it's time to give another entrepreneur a seat at the table.
During this year's conference, one of the sessions on the Fire Code Compliance Manual for Outdoor Storage of Wood Pallets will be very personal to me. As you may remember, our business experienced a fire that destroyed the kilns used to heat treat wooden pallets in December 2017. Fortunately, no one was injured and we were able to continue building and distributing our products without missing a beat.
As the source of the fire was investigated, we learned about several processes to put in place to help ensure an accidental fire doesn't occur. Those best practices will be shared with a broad audience this month during the ALC conference.
As we implement suggestions from the fire code compliance manual, we have re-positioned a new kiln to an area of Bay Wood's 20-acre plant that allows us to isolate potential fire damage. We also added sensors to monitor the unit so it will automatically shut off in case of an emergency. Additional steps have been added to our housekeeping processes, too, to ensure debris does not accumulate between drying sessions.
It is my hope others can learn from our experience and that our peers in the wooden pallet and packaging industry will work to make the new fire code provisions from the NWPCA a priority this year.
It remains a pleasure to serve you.
Founder & President