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NWPCA and CWPCA Announce Exclusive PDS Agreement for Canada

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The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (“NWPCA”) is proud to announce a new PDS marketing partnership with the Canadian Wood Pallet & Container Association (“CWPCA”). CWPCA has signed the exclusive agreement with NWPCA for its Pallet Design System™ (“PDS”).

NWPCA President/CEO Brent McClendon noted, “We are very excited about this phenomenal opportunity to partner with CWPCA and further the rapid expansion of PDS across Canada. With PDS, pallet manufacturers and recyclers in Canada have access to the most advanced pallet design software in the world.” McClendon continued, “These businesses will be better equipped to provide their customers with pallets that use timber efficiently while ensuring the safe and effective transportation of their goods.”

The agreement allows CWPCA to market PDS to pallet manufacturers in Canada with the added benefit of preferred pricing. CWPCA General Manager Scott Geffros said, “PDS is the leader in pallet design software and unit load rating. Reaching this deal with the NWPCA is a big step for the CWPCA.” Geffros continued, “PDS is also available in both English and French, ensuring that our members across the country have access to a product that serves both official languages. We are very excited to work with the NWPCA to expand the reach of PDS.”

With this agreement, NWPCA now has exclusive country marketing agreements with Canada, the UK, Sweden, and The Netherlands. There are PDS users in more than 30 countries.

NWPCA is currently working on the next version of PDS through an expanded research partnership with Virginia Tech’s Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design (“CPULD”) and VT’s Department of Sustainable Biomaterials. NWPCA has committed more than US$200,000 annually over the past few years towards research and development. It has plans for an additional $1 million investment in advancing the unit load capabilities over the coming years.


The Canadian Wood Pallet and Container Association (CWPCA) is dedicated to promoting the welfare of the wood packaging material industry across Canada. Incorporated in 1968, the CWPCA has been the voice of the WPM industry in Canada and strives to improve the domestic industry in its competitive position, both in Canada and around the world. Learn more from

About NWPCA and PDS

The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) is the largest organization of wood packaging professionals in the world, with more than 670 company members in 30 countries.

The Pallet Design System™ (PDS) is the proprietary software of the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association. More details about NWPCA or the software is available at or respectively.


Annette Ferri – NWPCA Vice President, Communications – – (703) 519-6104

Source: National Wooden Pallet & Container Association