This project was initiated as follow-up work to previous research efforts started by the Appalachian Hardwood Center on the feasibility of using hot water and borate solutions to meet phytosanitation regulations. This previous research found that using hot water was an effective means of meeting IPPC standards for wood packaging treatment. Through this project, we developed a detailed cost analyses and plant layout approach for the development of a hot water and/or borate treatment system at an existing pallet manufacturing facility. It is our hope that anyone contemplating starting an operation to treat wood pallets for shipment overseas would find this document useful.
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