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Lorie King Rogers: If you're buying used pallet rack, do your homework

from Modern Materials Handling

When the economy took a nose dive, rack manufacturers were hit pretty hard. In fact, shipments were down 40 percent in 2009. Unfortunately, as a result, we've seen a few suppliers close up shop. For example, when times were good, Excel Storage Products bought Lodi Metal Tech, Prest Rack and WC Cardinal. But that strategic maneuver was ambushed and all of those companies are now casualties of the economy. The fallout of tough times was made clear as I researched my pallet rack equipment report for Modern's February issue. Here's something else that came to light: The worst appears to be behind us, and we're a changed industry. We're working smarter and leaner, and we're looking for cost savings in every corner of our warehouses and distribution centers. more


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