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Cascade Engineering and Decade Products to Host National Onion Association Summer Conference Participants
July 27 Event for Leading U.S. Agricultural Group to Include Media Op, Facility Tour

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 19, 2012 – Cascade Engineering’s Decade Products business unit will be hosting attendees of the National Onion Association’s (NOA) July 25-28 Summer Conference in Grand Rapids.  Members of the press are invited to attend the Friday, July 27, event, which will include a facility tour and industry exchange involving Cascade Engineering & Decade’s representatives and the NOA’s leadership and members, as well as media interview and photo opportunities.

 

Founded in 1913 and based in Greeley, Colo., the NOA (www.onions-usa.org) is one of the nation’s oldest agricultural trade groups and comprises a diverse membership of more than 500 growers, shippers, brokers and other commercial representatives.  The organization’s 2012 Summer Conference will focus on a variety of industry and educational topics, including the latest industry best practices, and current legislative issues and consumer trends, such as the popular “buy local” movement.  The conference also will   look at product innovations, including those developed by Decade Products, that enable growers to produce and ship more than six billion pounds of onions annually in the United States alone.

 

Decade Products (www.decadeproducts.com) offers an extensive line of plastic containers and pallets for a variety of agricultural, food processing and other industrial applications.  Engineered from a high-density structural foam, the company’s products are distinguished by their strong and lightweight construction, reusability and maintenance-free reliability  Decade’s USDA-approved agricultural solutions enable more effective harvesting, handling, transportation and storage; help protect growers’ products by eliminating splinters, pests, pathogens and water absorption; enable easy sterilization; and can incorporate RFID technology to enable better traceability and tracking.

 

“Decade Products is delighted to welcome the National Onion Association, the voice for an important and unique industry that makes the food we eat so much more flavorful, healthful and interesting,” said Ralph Harris, President of Decade Products.  “We’re looking forward to learning about the industry’s evolving opportunities and needs, sharing the customized solutions Decade Products can provide and sharing another facet of the West Michigan experience to the NOA’s visiting members.”

 

Event Details

 

Date:                Friday, July 27

 

Time:               8-9:00 a.m

 

Where:             Cascade Engineering Container plant, 4950 37th Street SE, Grand Rapids 49512

 

Media Ops:      

·         Introduction & remarks by Ralph Harris

·         Welcoming remarks by Wesley MacAllister, Cascade Engineering VP of Operations

·         Manufacturing facility tour, including Decade’s agricultural products

·    Interview/photo access to Cascade Engineering/Decade Products representatives and NOA’s leadership and visiting members

·         Light refreshments

 

 

About Cascade Engineering – Decade Products

Cascade Engineering (www.cascadeng.com) is a global manufacturer and marketer of multiple products and services supporting a variety of markets including renewable energy, automotive, commercial truck and bus, solid waste and recycling, material compounding furniture, RFID, material handling and consumer goods.  The company’s Decade Products business unit offers a complete line of reusable plastic containers and pallets for industrial, agricultural and food processing applications worldwide. Cascade Engineering has been certified by B Lab as a B Corporation, a designation that recognizes companies for their core focus on changing the world for the better through business.

 

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Contact:

Amanda Passage

Lambert, Edwards & Associates

616-233-0500

apassage@lambert-edwards.com


Decade Products Introduces MACX®48 Bulk Harvest Bin
Larger Size Bin Fits Directly On Harvesting Equipment

Decade Products has introduced a new larger size of its popular MACX® Bulk Harvest Bin that directly fits on harvesting equipment to minimize produce handling.

The MACX®48 is a 48" x 48" vented bin with a maximum load capacity of 1,500 lbs. Like the 48" x 40" MACX® bin, the MACX®48 is constructed of high-density polyethylene structural foam for high strength and superior impact resistance for a longer-lasting, tough but lightweight stacking bin. The longer length better fits field harvesting equipment and increases volume to 217 U.S. gallons.

"We've heard from our customers that a larger bin would allow them to avoid the unnecessary produce transfers that add costly, time-consuming steps and risk damaging product," said Ralph Harris, President and CEO of Decade Products. "With the MACX®48, producers can all but eliminate handling between the field and market. This bin can travel from the field to the processing facility and even straight onto the truck to market without disturbing its contents."

The MACX®48 features an industry-high concentration of vent slots for faster cooling, drying and processing times. Its smooth interior surfaces allow for better packout and can be high-pressure washed and sterilized. The HDPE construction prevents the splinters, pests, pathogens and mold common to wood bins, while meeting USDA/HAACP standards for direct food contact. It is engineered for safe stacking to 10 high for increased warehouse capacity.

The MACX®48 is available for immediate delivery with no minimum order quantity. Standard colors are available in stock. Custom colors and molded company logos are available for easy identification and tracking.


Decade Products Receives Eco-Intelligent Design Certification for RACX™ Product Line

Decade Products, a joint venture between Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Cascade Engineering and Israel-based Dolay Plastics Products, today announced that it has been awarded Silver Certification by McDonough Braungary Design Chemistry (MBDC) for its Cradle-to-Cradle design of the RACX™ pallet product line.

The MBDC Certification is a scientifically based process that reviews specific criteria to asses the environmental attributes of materials used in products. The third-party certification acknowledges the RACXs achievement in multiple areas, including closed-loop lifecycle, use of safe materials for humans and the environment, product and system design for material reutilization, use of renewable energy in the manufacturing process and efficient use of water.

“This certification is further validation of our commitment to creating eco-friendly products that help reduce our carbon footprint, while delivering an exceptional product to customers,” said Fred Keller, chairman and CEO of Cascade Engineering. “I am very proud of the long hours and hard work the Decade team has put into this process in order to achieve this first-in-the-industry recognition.”

The certification process, which began in July 2008, represents another milestone for both Decade Products and Cascade Engineering’s in developing high-quality sustainable products. Decade also noted that it will continue to refine the RACX product line and manufacturing process in order to achieve the next level of MDBC certification.

Ralph Harris, president and CEO of Decade Products added: “There were a number of people involved in helping us achieve this outstanding accreditation, each of whom deserve to be recognized for their work. With this accreditation, our customers can rest assured knowing that they are receiving the best-in-class, environmentally friendly products.”

About RACX™ Pallets: Decade’s new RACX™ pallet combines strength and economy in a lightweight one-piece design for superior performance at an affordable price. Fabricated of 100% recycled HDPE plastics, these rackable pallets feature a picture frame bottom with runners on all four sides for stability. They are ideal for use in warehouse racking systems, as well as stack loading, closed loop transport, floor storage and automated material handling applications.

In addition, RACX® pallets are engineered so that the bottom pallet can handle the full static load when loaded pallets are stacked 2 or more high; and offer unsupported rack capacities up to 2,200 lbs. Available in a standard size of 48x40-inches, RACX® pallets may be fitted with optional rubber grommets or a lip to keep contents from slipping.


Eco-Friendly RACX Picture Frame Pallet Provides Premium Performance at an Affordable Price

The new RACX pallet from Decade Products combines strength and economy in a lightweight one-piece design for superior performance at an affordable price. Unlike limited-use wood or corrugated pallets, RACX pallets are fabricated of recycled HDPE plastics that allow them to be used repeatedly rather than discarded. As an added benefit to the environment, RACX plastic pallets are fully recyclable to prevent further wastes from entering into the solid waste stream. And under a unique "buy-back" program, RACX pallets can be absorbed into a recycling system to defer the cost of purchasing new pallets, thereby lowering end-user costs as well as helping the environment.

With a picture frame bottom and runners on all four sides for added stability, RACX pallets are ideal for use in warehouse racking systems, as well as stack loading, closed loop transport, floor storage and automated material handling applications. RACX pallets are engineered so that the bottom pallet can handle the full static load when loaded pallets are stacked 2 or more high; and offer unsupported rack capacities up to 2,200 lbs. Available in a standard size of 48 x 40-inches, RACX pallets may be fitted with optional rubber grommets or lips to keep contents from slipping. Static load capacities are rated to 25,000 lbs., and dynamic loads to 5,000 lbs.


Ecologically Friendly AgriMACX® Field Bin Offers Quality Performance for a Reasonable Price

Decade Products is proud to introduce our new Eco-Friendly field bin made of recycled HDPE. The 48"x 40"x 31" AgriMACX® is the sustainable response to today's crucial issues. Rated to hold 1,000 lbs and stackable up to 8 high, this heavy-duty container will meet the needs of every grower/processor.

The standard AgriMACX® comes fully vented to provide maximum hydro cooling and drying of fruit and vegetables. Also included are 3 bottom runners on the short side (40" side) to allow for safe rotating of the bin. The patented interlocking corners allow safe stacking and hauling.

With the smooth surfaces of the AgriMACX®, you're sure to reduce damage to your product, and see higher profit and better pack out. Cleanliness is also a huge advantage when using the AgriMACX®. In most cases a high-pressure spray will clean the bin inside and out. With plastic there are no worries of the bin absorbing water and adding weight. With a tare weight of only 89 pounds, the AgriMACX® can be easily managed by hand when empty.


KitBin® ErgoNizer Improves Safety, Lowers Pick and Pull Operating Costs for Distribution Centers.

KitBin® ErgoNizer pallet/container system from Decade Products is specially engineered to improve distribution center safety and lower the cost of pick and pull operations. The unique ErgoNizer pallet base features reinforced center legs and integral rubber anti-slip inserts that increase the system's holding power. For maximum application flexibility, ErgoNizer systems allow operators to use the pallet by itself, or with detachable sidewalls that make up the standard KitBin system.

While filling orders, three walls of the container can be secured in place on the anti-slip pallet for easy access and improved ergonomics. This means that products remain secured in the palletized container system and workers avoid back strain and pulled muscles. When the order is completed, the fourth sidewall is attached and can be secured with a KitBin lid for direct shipping. Securing a second layer of sidewall panels with specially designed stabilizing clips, transforms the system into a KitBin XT extended height container on the ErgoNizer pallet. A new clip design permits the top half of the wall to be folded down for easier access.

Decade Products, LLC produces a wide range of bulk shipping and storage containers for industrial, agricultural and food processing applications worldwide. The company provides innovative, high quality container solutions of HDPE structural foam materials engineered to stand the test of time, increase productivity and reduce material handling costs. Located in modern manufacturing facilities in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, Decade Products is a joint venture between industry leaders Dolav Plastic Products of Israel and Grand Rapids-based Cascade Engineering, Inc.


KitBin® XT Bulk Containers Provide Greater Volume and Increased Versatility

The new KitBin XT bulk container from Decade Products combines all of the features of the standard KitBin knockdown container with the ability to handle approximately 70% more weight and volume, translating to increased versatility and more savings.

Specially modified panels and stabilizing clips let you join a second layer of walls together to make a "two-story" container, and newly designed clips allow the top half of a sidewall to be folded down for easier access. The container's improved access helps workers avoid strenuous reaching, back strain and pulled muscles. KitBin XT bulk containers can lower the cost of pick and pull operations because they permit 3 or 4 walls to be set in-place to secure products, minimize damage, and speed processing of "cubed" shipments.

Decade Products, LLC produces a wide range of bulk shipping and storage containers for industrial, agricultural and food processing applications worldwide. The company provides innovative, high quality container solutions of HDPE structural foam materials engineered to stand the test of time, increase productivity and reduce material handling costs. Located in modern manufacturing facilities in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, Decade Products is a joint venture between industry leaders Dolav Plastic Products of Israel and Grand Rapids-based Cascade Engineering, Inc.

KitBin XT panels are interchangeable for ease of handling, lower replacement cost and reduced inventory expense. The assembled containers are 44" high (twice the standard KitBin), and provide a weight limit for a single box of 2,200 lbs., compared to 1,320 lbs. for the standard KitBin. With the industry's highest return ratio at 300 empty containers per 53' trailer, Kit Bin XT bulk containers feature a patented locking wall design, maintenance-free, impact resistant HDPE structural foam construction, smooth surfaces for easy cleaning, and temperature resistance from + 140° F to -0° F (+ 60° C to -40° C). Specially engineered strapping slots in the container's sidewalls facilitate positive securement of contents. KitBin XT sidewall panels may be used with either the standard KitBin pallet, or with the new ErgoNizer pallet to provide greater application flexibility.

Decade Products, LLC produces a wide range of bulk shipping and storage containers for industrial, agricultural and food processing applications worldwide. The company provides innovative, high quality container solutions of HDPE structural foam materials engineered to stand the test of time, increase productivity and reduce material handling costs. Located in modern manufacturing facilities in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, Decade Products is a joint venture between industry leaders Dolav Plastic Products of Israel and Grand Rapids-based Cascade Engineering, Inc.


DECADE PRODUCTS LLC, Adds Hampel Thermoformed Pallets, Trays and Containers to Product Line

DECADE PRODUCTS is pleased to announce an exclusive agreement to market thermoformed plastic pallets, custom trays and Intrustor containers manufactured by Hampel Corporation. With expertise in single sheet, twin sheet, and deep draw thermoforming, Hampel specializes in providing material handling solutions for large components and parts. Among the company's many innovations is wireframe reinforcement during the single sheet and twin sheet forming process to increase weight bearing capacities.

Decade's lightweight, highly durable thermoformed pallets are constructed of maintenance-free, high density polyethylene (HDPE) that eliminates rust, splinters, and paint chips. Easy to clean and more cost-effective and user-friendly than cardboard and wood pallets, they are ideal for grocery, distribution, retail, food processing, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and export applications. Available in sizes 30" x 32" through 48" x 49", these pallets feature a nestable configuration that reduces storage and transportation costs. They are available with a unique stackable design option to permit 4-way side forklift entry and ease of access. Other options include a variety of material thicknesses to match weight requirements and a lip that prevents goods from shifting during transport.

Product-specific trays and pallets are custom designed to fit unique components that must be individually "cradled" for transport in-plant or between plants. These products provide the ideal material handling solution for large parts and sub-systems up to a maximum 78" x 126" x 70" deep. Available in various colors for product identification, these custom designed trays and pallets offer options including a color stripe (to identify product and facilitate correct pallet alignment), logo for customer or product identification, seat belts (to secure products), and steel encapsulated reinforcement.

Intrustor Containers are engineered to transport and store semi-finished and finished goods while generating substantial cost savings for users. The Intrustor "mirror image" design allows the pallet to serve as both pallet and lid, and with the addition of a sleeve to these components, they form a bulk shipping container. These containers feature a quick-fold design for great knock-down ratio, 4-way forklift entry and available encapsulated steel reinforcement.

Thermoformed plastic technology provides several key advantages in the design and manufacturing of pallets, trays and containers, including shorter leadtimes and lower costs to build new tools, plus shorter setup times for small production runs. Thermoformed plastic pallets and containers also offer increased strength, greater design possibilities, and improved heavy-duty performance using a twin sheet forming process.