Live Plant Shipping Containers: The Wirebound Nursery Crate

The wirebound nursery crate is a cost-effective shipping container for a variety of live plants including annuals, perennials, and small shrubs. On the outside, they seem fairly uniform. Each wirebound nursery crate fits around a standard GMA pallet and measure 74 inches tall. On the inside, however, these live plant shipping containers can have custom cleats to fit anywhere from 3 to 5 slide-in shelves.

How the Wirebound Nursery Crate Works for Shipping Live Plants

The easy, slide-in shelving makes this nursery crate especially convenient. They’re designed to allow water to drain from shelf to shelf for efficient watering and drainage. After each shelf is in place, the crate’s sides are stapled to a pallet, and the front of the wirebound can be swung shut and fastened securely for transportation.

Wirebound nursery crates can be made from hardwood or softwood, and are built to support up to 1,000 pounds. Our packaging engineers at Timber Creek Resource help each customer decide on the best materials and shelf design for their specific needs. Slight customizations like these help us ensure that every live plant shipping container is both cost effective and functional.

Unique Benefits of These Live Plant Shipping Containers

Compared to metal racking, wirebound crates are so cost-effective they are considered disposable. They’re also easier to assemble, and don’t have to be picked up from each destination after delivery. While wirebound nursery crates are designed for safe disposal, they’re still strong enough for reuse when needed. These nursery crates are also cost-effective in terms of logistics. For nurseries moving large amounts of product, 275 wirebound nursery crates can be shipped per truckload, reducing overall costs. This can be an important factor for smaller businesses that don’t have a large-scale logistics operation.  

These live plant shipping containers also serve more than one purpose. Beyond moving product from nurseries to retailers, wirebound nursery crates are also great for point of purchase display. This nursery crate’s exceptional durability makes it a reliable option for outdoor storage. Its hardy material can easily withstand the elements, making these nursery crates perfect for outdoor displays.

Whatever your packaging needs, Timber Creek Resource is here to engineer a solution. For more information on the live plant shipping containers available at Timber Creek Resource, get in touch with our wirebound nursery crate specialist, Mike Moffett, at, email wirebound crate expert John Tomaino, or call 716-695-5360.

Collapsible Hinged-Corner Crates are Efficient Solutions for High Volume Packaging

Collapsible industrial crates are an efficient solution for high volume jobs where heavy products must be completely crated. This lightweight and cost effective crate unfolds like a carton, and can be easily slipped over the top of the product. The crating process is much faster than building individual pieces of industrial packaging around heavy machinery, parts, or materials.

Shorter packaging processes save manufacturers time and money, while also protecting their investment. The larger the product, the more labor intensive it can be to fully package it, making a hinged-corner crate a time and energy-saving option. At Timber Creek Resource, our packaging engineers have built custom hinged-corner crates as large as 8 ft x 6 ft.

Collapsible Industrial Crates Make Effective and Accessible Storage Solutions

A packaging solution must withstand thousands of pounds of weight and harsh conditions in order to be a viable option for heavy industry. For this reason, collapsible crate designs are not only efficient, they’re also highly durable. These crates can protect materials indoors or outdoors, and aren’t subject to moisture damage like OSB crating.

Collapsible crates are also extremely strong, and hold up far better than corrugated packaging. At Timber Creek Resource, each of our hinged corner crates can be shake-tested in an ISTA-certified lab to assure customers that their products will be safe from shipping damage. These lighter-than-plywood crates are also shipped flat and take up less storage space in warehouses.

Collapsible Industrial Crate Designs

Metal Tab Corner Crate

Our industrial hinged-corner crates can be built with either nylon straps or metal tabs to secure it. While nylon straps are stronger and more durable, metal tabs are more cost effective. Packaging engineers will suggest a specificcollapsible crate design hinge according the customer’s size, weight and use requirements.


Timber Creek Resource also builds hinged-corner crates in either “full-tube” or “half-tube” designs. Full-tube designs are best for smaller products and are made with all 4 sides of the crate connected. Half-tube designs are specifically intended for crating exceptionally large pieces, and are made with 2 of the 4 sides connected for easier assembly. For each of our industrial crating customers, Timber Creek engineers collaborate to understand the application and help determine which product works best.

For more information on hinged-corner crating at Timber Creek Resource, email Dave Thurs at, or reach out by phone at 715-679-3080.

Go Lean: Vendor Managed Inventory Benefits

Perfecting inventory management of industrial packaging products is a key component of lean manufacturing. Unfortunately, it’s often easier said than done. The process of inventory management is not only time-consuming and tedious, it’s crucial for maximizing ROI and maintaining workflow. Many companies are shifting the burden of tracking packaging inventory to a third party through vendor managed inventory (VMI).

What Are the Basic Benefits of Vendor Managed Inventory?

For operations in need of daily or weekly shipments of wood packaging, this service can have a significant positive impact on productivity and workflow. Instead of spending time and payroll having internal staff catalogue and order industrial packaging supplies, the vendor’s own team manages the process instead. With several hours more per week to spend running the floor and moving product, internal staff can increase output and work more efficiently.

When our customers’ employees’ top priority is production, packaging needs can be temporarily forgotten. By outsourcing that to someone whose only mission is ensuring your packaging needs are met, you never find yourself suddenly unable to make the next shipment. All our resources are laser-focused on getting your packaging needs met, so your employees don’t need to split their time.

In addition to more accurate inventory management, a VMI program can also help reduce the amount of packaging stock the customer needs to keep on-site. Timber Creek Resource actually keeps your most commonly used wood packaging in stock at our warehouses to ensure speedy delivery as needed. This particular vendor managed inventory benefit allows our customers to maximize their investment with us by allocating more of their facility’s space to profit-generating processes.

The Benefits of Vendor Managed Inventory at Timber Creek Resource

It goes without saying that a successful VMI program is built on trust, and Timber Creek Resource has spent years earning a reputation for reliability, accuracy, and consistency. Here is how our customers specifically benefit from the uniquely comprehensive vendor managed inventory services we offer:

Constant Open Communication. Our customers are never in the dark on the details of their vendor managed inventory program. Full reports are provided each time inventory is catalogued to ensure total transparency. This also ensures that Timber Creek Resource is able to accommodate any changes in packaging needs as quickly as possible, to keep product and business moving.

On-site Inventory Management. We see your operation in action every week, and are regularly available should you have questions or need guidance on any type of industrial packaging. There’s a lot to be said about the accountability and customer service that naturally results from regular face-to-face communication. At Timber Creek Resource, we believe that the more tuned in we are to your needs, the more value we are able to provide. On-site VMI programs are a great way to facilitate a high quality relationship.

Just-In-Time Delivery, Every Time. Truckloads of industrial packaging are sent out to replenish your inventory as soon as next-day. We understand that without wood packaging, your business shuts down. Our VMI programs help prevent those costly shut downs by having our wood packaging there just-in-time for you to use it.

VMI is win-win, because it allows your employees to focus on what they do best, and we can focus on what we do best. If you would like to learn more about the vendor managed inventory benefits provided by Timber Creek Resource, contact Doug Kruse at 414-466-1645 or

Cut Costs With This Wood Pallet Alternative

Getting creative in cutting overhead is how heavy industry stays competitive, and swapping out traditional pallets for more cost effective storage and packing solutions is just one way to do that. As a wood pallet alternative, band notched lumber is not only less expensive, it’s customizable and adaptable to modern automated packing systems. In the right applications, band notched lumber could be the wood pallet alternative you’re looking for.

How Does Band Notched Lumber Work?

For operations moving, stacking, and storing high volumes of large or lengthy self-supporting materials around a facility, traditional wood pallets may not always be adequate. This is why band notched lumber was developed as a heavy duty wood pallet alternative for applications in construction, automotive, and defense industries.

Band notched lumber acts as a pallet-crate hybrid for long pieces of material such as metal products, tubing, piping, or plywood. Each piece of lumber is cut to a specific length and strategically grooved. Between two and four pieces of band notched lumber is typically placed underneath or around a product, while steel or plastic banding is wrapped up and over the material to secure it in place along each groove. This notched design also allows a forklift to slide under the unit for efficient internal transport without the risk of damaging product. In some cases, band notched lumber can also work as runners on skids to allow for banding to slide freely under the skid and around the product being supported.

Band notched lumber is intended for shipping and for use in facilities where a durable, reusable storage solution is required.

What Makes Band Notched Lumber a Great Wood Pallet Alternative?

The number one reason to consider band notched lumber as a wood pallet alternative is the price point. Band notched lumber can be inexpensively shipped across hundreds of miles, requires less storage space than wood pallets, and being reusable, can help maximize your investment in essential industrial packing materials.

However, cost savings isn’t the only benefit of making the switch to band notched lumber should the job call for it. At Timber Creek Resource, we specialize in custom industrial packaging, and like most of our products, band notched lumber can be cut to a wide variety of sizes to accommodate unique specifications. Lengths typically range from 24 to 96 inches, while the number and type of bands used depends on the size and weight of the material.

Timber Creek Resource is ISPM 15 certified, accommodating companies that need to adhere to international policies.

Not only is band notched lumber cost effective and customizable, it can be used in both manual and automated processes. As a matter of fact, Timber Creek Resource offers facility visits where our packaging engineers can take a look at your total operation or automated packing system to make an assessment of what industrial packaging solutions might be best. Whether band notched lumber is the right wood pallet alternative for you, our team is committed to finding a true solution for your precise needs.

To request samples of band notched lumber or find out more about the custom industrial packaging and storage solutions provided at Timber Creek Resource, contact Tamra Kegler at 715-623-7907 or