Still growing, still simplifying

Our History

48forty is the largest pallet management services company in North America, with a national network of over 225 facilities, including 45 company-owned and operated plants and more than 180 affiliates*.

We also operate our own fleet of 4,500 trailers and nearly 300 power units, servicing customers from coast to coast. We provide end-to-end pallet solutions, from supply to retrieval, on-site services, reverse logistics, and packaging materials. 48forty Solutions is truly Pallet Management Made Simple™.

Company Timeline

  • PalEx

    Our story began in 1996, with the founding of PalEx, a pallet recycler with a national footprint of 62 plants in the US and Canada.

  • IFCO acquires PalEx

    In March 2000, PalEx merged with IFCO, the largest global reusable plastic container pooling company based in Germany, forming IFCO Systems. Over the next decade, IFCO Systems’ pallet management services division grew to become the largest pallet recycler in North America, handling more than 200 million pallets each year.

  • Brambles acquires IFCO

    IFCO Systems was acquired by Australian-based Brambles Ltd. As a result, the reusable plastic container business retained the IFCO brand, while the recycled pallet business was folded into CHEP USA and became known as CHEP Recycled Pallet Solutions.

  • 48forty launches

    CHEP Recycled Pallet Solutions was purchased from Brambles Ltd. by Grey Mountain Partners and rebranded as 48forty Solutions.

Leadership

Kyle Otting - Chief Executive Officer

Kyle Otting

Chief Executive Officer
Chuck Koch - Chief Information Officer

Chuck Koch

Chief Information Officer
Hillary Femal - VP National Sales, Marketing, & Customer Operations

Hillary Femal

VP National Sales, Marketing, & Customer Operations
Jon Cline - VP East Area

Jon Cline

VP East Area
Steve Gillenwater - VP of Human Resources

Steve Gillenwater

VP of Human Resources
LeRoi Cochran - VP Supply Chain

LeRoi Cochran

VP Supply Chain
Brad Cutcher - VP West Area

Brad Cutcher

VP West Area

Values

1.

We put the customer first, always.

Our customers are the heart of our business; everything we do is in service to them.

2.

We act with integrity.

We emphasize safety in all that we do, and we treat our people, our partners, and our planet with honesty and respect.

3.

We think creatively and act courageously.

We’re not afraid to take risks, and we dare to be better tomorrow than we are today.

4.

We have the will to win.

From the repair table to the conference table, our entrepreneurial spirit drives us to work harder.

Associations

National Wooden Pallet and Container Association
National Private Truck Council
American Trucking Association
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Contact Us

*Canadian locations are operated under the Paramount Pallet brand