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  • Writer's pictureBryan Kesting

Wooden Pallets versus Plastic Pallets

Updated: Sep 28, 2021

When choosing between wooden and plastic, wooden pallets rank widely among various industries, including food, pharmaceutical, and pet businesses. Pallets are an essential element to any business supply chain, and companies who use them want to know they’re getting the best value and return on their investment. There are clear distinctions between types, however wooden pallets remain the top choice. Read on to learn why.


The Covid Pandemic spawned an unprecedented tightening of the pallet market, and supply chain managers are increasingly looking for the most long-term economical shipping solution. Wooden pallets are still a fraction of the price of plastic pallets, saving purchasers 20% over plastic.


Madison County Wood Products commits to a zero-waste approach converting the whole log into usable products. Not only do we continue to put the environment first, but we also have the ability to seamlessly repair and reuse because of the wooden pallet's natural components. The top advantage of the wooden pallet is that you do not have to melt it down to repair it - you can quickly fix it, making it ready for the next load!


Whether you are loading 100 pounds or 4600 pounds, the wooden pallet has the capability of enduring any size load, while the plastic pallet has a limited weight tolerance. Regardless of what product you are putting on the wooden pallet, it has the power to keep that product secure and stable. MCWP's commitment to using the Pallet Design System protects your investment by continually improving its design, safety, and reliability.

Additional Advantages of the Wooden Pallet

Although plastic pallets are lighter, their slippery surface allows for less stability for carrying, stacking, and heavier products. Additionally, wooden pallets sustain fewer trips back and forth when moving products. Each industry can rely on the fact that wooden pallets provide both short-term and long-term advantages.

Madison County Wood Products Offer:

  • Mold Inhibitor applications that promote a safe, sanitary wooden pallet option for food-grade, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries.

  • The ability of outdoor + indoor pallet coverage.

  • An automated nailing machine to ensure quality and accuracy.

Madison County Wood Products offers each industry the opportunity to use affordable, sustainable, and the best choice for their pallet needs.


About the Author:

Bryan Kesting is the VP of Sales for Madison County Wood Products – he’s also a 2nd generation Co-Owner of the family-run business. He helps set the company direction and is in continual pursuit of industry-changing opportunities. Bryan is proud to serve MCWP’s clients and the entire team, from the loggers to the drivers delivering the finished goods. Everything he does supports the company’s drive to be an incredibly vertically operated wood products company by managing acreage, harvesting, logging, milling, and manufacturing while focusing on zero waste through the use of the whole log.


Madison County Wood Products Inc. is a vertically integrated company specializing in land and timber management, logging, sawmilling, and pallet manufacturing. We take a zero-waste approach with a focus on environmental impact while providing customers with quality products, competitive prices, and on-time deliveries.


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