Nazareth Pallet Company

Nazareth Pallet Company named Business of the Year

Nazareth Pallet Company named Business of the Year

Nazareth Pallet Company has been selected as the 2016 Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year for our outstanding spirit and commitment to the business community, the town of Northampton and the Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce.Read more

We launched a new, mobile-first website

We launched a new, mobile-first website

They say that great things come to those who wait, and that has definitely proven to be true with our website redesign project. We had a vision of building an innovative site – one that would serve as the foundation of our social media efforts – with mobile-first technology.Read more

We Keep the FUN in FUNdamentals

We Keep the FUN in FUNdamentals

By now you are probably pretty familiar with the fact that safety is critically important to us at Nazareth Pallet. The physical and mental health and wellness of our employees is a big focus for us daily because it is key to the continued success of our company.Read more

Mulch on wheels

Mulch on wheels

At Nazareth Pallet, we believe in fundamentals such as quality products, reliable service and giving back to the community. Just as importantly, we believe in fun. Because of these two tenets, our employees are motivated, energetic and passionate and our community is proud to have us in their backyard.Read more


Calling all Transportation Dispatchers

As we mentioned in a previous article, Nazareth Pallet Company is growing! Over the last few years we’ve expanded our property, our pallet recycling operations, our fleet and our staff.

It’s an exciting time at Nazareth Pallet and we have a bright future ahead of us.

This tremendous growth has opened up an opportunity for a Transportation Dispatcher to join our team and oversee the daily movement of all product deliveries and pick-ups to our entire customer base.

If you’re a self-starter with a high degree of energy and a positive, outgoing personality, we want to hear from you.

We’re looking for an ambitious, detail oriented and well organized Transportation Dispatcher to join our team to grow and prosper with industry-leading compensation plans, exceptional benefits, and great people.

The ideal candidate will:

  • have a High School diploma or general education degree (GED)
  • have two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • be a self-starter with a high degree of energy and positive, outgoing personality.
  • have a strong work ethic and always be willing to complete the task
  • be ambitious, detail oriented, well organized, and operate with a high degree of accuracy
  • possesses excellent communication skills (written, verbal and listening)
  • be able to prioritize work based on customer and operational needs
  • have critical thinking skills – always looks for ways to improve processes and performance
  • be able to work with minimal supervision
  • have the ability to lead drivers in a positive manner
  • have a working knowledge of MS Office suite of products (Outlook, Word, Excel)

Experience with transportation software is a plus!

Are you interested in the opportunity? Do you know someone who would make a great candidate? Apply via our Careers page or forward this article.

At Nazareth Pallet, you will find great people and an energetic work environment. Our employees help to build and shape this organization by maintaining a high level of both quality, efficiency and productivity. They continually perform at a level of excellence which is what enables this 30-year-old family-owned business to continue growing year after year.

In addition to our attractive compensation package, at Nazareth Pallet we like to recognize the hard work of our employees with additional job perks.

Read more on that, here.

If you’re interested in the Transportation Dispatcher opportunity at Nazareth Pallet, or know someone who is, don’t forget to visit our Careers page, here!


Can you help us find our next million mile driver?

You may have previously met our million mile driver, Rick Ackerknecht, who retired from Nazareth Pallet with an impeccable driving record after 20+ years and 3 million miles.

If you missed the story, you can read up on Rick, the guy behind the wheel and the man we all look up to at Nazareth Pallet Company, here.

If you love the road, or know someone who does, we’d love to hear from you.

We’re looking for our next million mile driver to join our team and grow and prosper with industry-leading compensation plans, exceptional benefits, and a well-maintained fleet.

The ideal candidate will:

  • be reliable and team-oriented
  • have a valid CDL Class A driver’s license
  • have a valid DOT medical card
  • have at least two years experience

Interested? Know someone who fits the bill? Submit your information here.

At Nazareth Pallet, our fleet is continuously growing and well maintained, with Mack and Freightliner trucks and over 300 trailers. Our fleet is kept to the utmost quality, inside and out, by our drivers, on-site fleet maintenance crew and on-site mechanics.

Plus, our drivers are home nights and weekends!

Additional benefits of driving for us:

  • No loading and unloading
  • Exceptional pay and benefits package
  • Well-maintained fleet of Mack and Freightliner trucks
  • Military friendly
  • Weekly pay, paid holidays, vacation and personal days

If you’re interested in the CDL Class A Driver opportunity at Nazareth Pallet, or know someone who is, don’t forget to submit your information here!


Grades of GMA pallets – A detailed overview

Over 80% of all materials and equipment is moved and transported using wood pallets. It can be easy to overlook the various types and qualities of these pallets when deciding the most economical one to use.

GMA pallets, the most popular and commonly used of all sized pallets, are constructed subject to standards issued by the Grocery Manufacturers Association of America. However, not all GMA pallets are made the same. When acquiring pallets for your warehouse or distribution facility you should become familiar with the different grades of GMA pallets.

GMA Pallets Generally

Pallets considered GMA pallets, regardless of grade, are always 48” x 40” with the stringer length always being the 48” length. They are built using three stringers to support between three to five base boards and five to seven top deck boards. The average top deck spacing is 2.5 to 3.5 inches. The three stringers are 3.5 inches by 1.5 inches. GMA pallets are always built with a four way entry and with flush mounted boards. The GMA grade depends largely on the condition of the stringers and the boards that compose the pallet.

Description of a GMA 48″ x 40″ Pallet

Premium Grade A


These are most commonly used at retail where they will sit out on the selling floor becoming an integral part of a display.

  • 7 boards on top
  • 5 boards on bottom
  • 6″ lead boards top and bottom
  • Average top deck spacing 2-1/2″ to 3-1/2″
  • 3 stringers (1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ each)
  • 4-way entry
  • Flush
  • No block or metal repairs to stringers
  • No colored or painted stringers
  • Mostly clean of paint or markings on sides or end of stringers. Occasional small black out markings on sides

Grade A


Pallets are mostly used by food, pharmaceutical or others.

  • 7 boards on top
  • 5 boards on bottom
  • Average top deck spacing 2-1/2″ to 3-1/2″
  • 3 stringers (1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ each)
  • 4-way entry
  • Flush
  • Each stringer can have one metal repair plate to strengthen any split
  • May have some paint or blank out markings on sides of stringers or have one or more stinger end color coded
  • May have minor cracks or chips in wood
  • Wood blemishes are acceptable

Premium Grade B


The perfect fit between a Grade A and Grade B. This cost saving pallet will have had fewer transfer cycles than a Grade B and as a result will likely have fewer markings, chips, cracks or other wear and tear damage.

  • Same as a standard Grade B pallet but with only one of the three stringers having added a plug or other type of repair
  • Will likely have some paint, blank out or other markings on sides of stringers and may have two or more stringers with painted ends

Grade B


Considerably less expensive than Grade A and are used primarily for warehousing or shipping where it is likely the pallet will not be coming back.

  • 6 to 7 boards on top, depending on board width which can be
3-1/2″ to 5-1/2″ wide
  • No less than 4 boards on bottom
  • Average top deck spacing 2-1/2″ to 3-1/2″ but can be up to 4″
  • 3 stringers (1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ each)
  • 4-way entry
  • Flush
  • Has plugs (repairs) on stringers
  • Plugs can be various length and location
  • No more than two boards (stringers) thick at any one point
  • Chips or partial split boards are acceptable and may have multiple blemishes and color degradation

Most other sizes of pallets do not refer to the GMA grading process but they do come in different conditions. Tell your salesman what your use is and he can offer you the best choice for the size you need.


Nazareth Pallet believes in supporting our community

Nazareth Pallet Company has long had a strong commitment to supporting the local community of Northampton, PA, since 1984. It’s one way we do right by ourselves, our employees and our neighbors. As a family owned and operated business, it makes sense to give back to the place where we and our employees live and play.

Organizations We Support

The local (Northampton-area organizations) we support are:

  • Konkrete Kids Foundation: This educational foundation provides and finances programs to expand student learning opportunities.
  • Northampton Recreation Center: This fantastic department provides recreational opportunities galore for kids and adults alike.
  • Northampton Football Booster Club: Football helps many communities bond, and we’re proud to support the booster club.
  • Northampton Fire Department: Firefighting is a noble cause and one well worth our support.
  • Northampton Exchange Club: This nonprofit organization promotes community service in many shapes and sizes.
  • Quota Club of Northampton: This service organization for women aims to help folks with hearing and speech problems all over the world.
  • Northampton Halloween Parade: Boo! We’re not scared to admit we love Halloween, and what better way to show our love than by making our community smile and laugh?

Other organizations we support include:

  • Le-Hampton
  • F.O.P. Lodge 35 Police
  • United Way Fundraisers
  • Boys & Girls Club of Easton
  • Hecktown Volunteer Fire Department
  • East Allen Volunteer Fire Department
  • Catholic Charities
  • The Sechler Family Cancer Care Center

In addition, we are also proud sponsors of:

  • MusikFest
  • Lehigh Valley Phantoms
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Commitment to Being Green and Supporting the Planet

Here’s an important fact: Nazareth Pallet saves about 19,000 tons of wood yearly from being burned and adding to air pollution. We reuse our pallets and refurbish or break down pallets that do not meet our recyclable standards.

Even the nails in the pallets get sent to metal recyclers. What if a pallet is no longer serviceable in any way? No problem; we turn it into decorative, colored landscape mulch.

As you can see, Nazareth Pallet recognizes that there are multiple ways we can support our community. We do it by being an aware, fair, generous, responsible employer. That includes treating our employees right, respecting the needs of our community and being environmentally conscious.

It also means that getting out and remaining visible to our community by supporting organizations. It’s all about family and we like to think of all the neighbors in the Northampton area as part of that family.

Safety first and foremost is the name of the game at Nazareth Pallet

At Nazareth Pallet, we take the safety of every single employee very seriously. Just ask our Safety Manager, Wendy Keim, who is constantly walking the entire plant looking for ways to improve worker safety. She even works the night shift on a regular schedule to ensure ALL the employees are being monitored and assisted as needed. But Wendy’s efforts don’t stop at workplace safety improvements. Since joining the company a few months ago she has helped to implement a number of new programs to improve employee health, mental well-being and attitude.Read more

How pallet wood mulch is made

What exactly is mulch and why do people use it? Simply put, mulch is a protective covering made of organic material (such as compost, peat, straw, sawdust or small pieces of wood).Read more