Lehigh Valley

Local pallet company helps the national economy move

NORTHAMPTON, Pa. - You might not realize it, but the Lehigh Valley is home to one of the premier pallet recycling companies in the Mid-Atlantic region.

It's called Nazareth Pallet Company.

When you think about it, pallets like the ones they sell are used for everything.

"Pallets are used for window manufacturing, to moving televisions, lightbulbs," said company President George Frack. "We do a lot with the food industry as well, you gotta eat."

Day and night, they have pallets coming in, and pallets going out, making the economy move.

"These pallets will end up all throughout the United States, you never know where they're going to be," said Frack.

Most of what they do is recycle. They repair pallets, and ship them out for further use.

However, they also make custom ones.

Production Manager Jason Hartranft said he enjoys the challenges of his job.

"I love working here, because it's different every day," he said. "There's an onion effect where there's layer by layer by layer of things that need to be addressed, and we address them on a daily basis."

The place is like a little city, with rows and rows filled with pallets.

"You can get lost here, it's like a maze," said Frack. "We actually have a map that we give our forklift operators."

About 15,000 pallets a day come through here, but there's another interesting part of their business that you might not expect: mulch.

"We get little waste, and that waste will go to our mulch operation," Frack said. "There's nothing that goes to a landfill."

When pallets are through their life cycle, they grind them down, and turn them into mulch to use in gardens.

"The pallets, we don't know where they originated from, some of them," said Frack.

In the end, the past may be murky of the pallets here, but the future is useful.

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