Still growing, still simplifying

Our History

48forty is the largest pallet management services company in North America, with a national network of over 231 facilities, including 54 company-owned and operated pallet recycling plants and more than 850 partners.

We also operate our own fleet of more than 5,880 trailers and tractors, servicing customers from coast to coast. We provide end-to-end pallet solutions, from supply to retrieval, onsite services, and reverse logistics. 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.

  • 48forty accelerates growth

    48forty partners with Audax Private Equity to further grow product and service offerings, and continue to expand the company's reach across North America.

Leadership

Mike Hachtman - Chief Executive Officer

Mike Hachtman

Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer Thomas - Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Thomas

Chief Financial Officer
Kyle Eberlin - Chief Commercial Officer

Kyle Eberlin

Chief Commercial Officer
Jon Heyler - Executive Vice President

Jon Heyler

Executive Vice President
Ibis Reynolds - Chief Human Resources Officer

Ibis Reynolds

Chief Human Resources Officer
Jon Cline - Chief Operating Officer, 48forty

Jon Cline

Chief Operating Officer, 48forty
LeRoi Cochran - Chief Operating Officer, Relogistics

LeRoi Cochran

Chief Operating Officer, Relogistics
Chuck Koch - VP IT

Chuck Koch

VP IT
Kristin Kopp - VP Communications and Marketing

Kristin Kopp

VP Communications and Marketing
JR Vernon - VP Strategy

JR Vernon

VP Strategy
Matt Hunt - General Counsel

Matt Hunt

General Counsel

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

General Inquiries

*Canadian locations are operated under the Paramount Pallet brand