Kamps, a pallet company, acquires Minnesota pallet manufacturer
September 13, 2022 | 12:21 pm CDT

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Kamps Inc., a leading pallet company, has acquired Northland Pallet Inc. in Hugo, Minn. Northland Pallet specializes in pallet recycling and pallet manufacturing solutions, serving customers across the state of Minnesota and north-western Wisconsin.

Northland Pallet also has a wooden pellet operation, nationally distributing the product created from compressed wood waste. The acquisition expands Kamps’ local presence in a key new market and builds upon the company’s core mission of delivering customer-centric pallet services on a national scale.

Northland Pallet was founded in 1998 in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Mitch Martin. The organization’s humble beginnings started in a 12,000 sq. ft. warehouse, with seven employees. Through superior customer service and unmatched quality, Northland has grown to become a premier pallet solutions provider in its local market. Northland currently has 60 employees, and 200 trailers, and operates out of a state-of-the-art 100,000 sq. ft. facility that is strategically located just outside of Minneapolis. All local staff and leadership will stay on board to ensure continuity and a pleasant customer experience.

“We are excited to move into the Minnesota market with the acquisition of Northland Pallet. Mitch Martin and his team have built a great business. Northland has a facility layout that can handle significant growth as we look to make continued investments in this market.” said Kamps, Inc. President, Mitchell Kamps.

“Northland’s pallet recycling, wood pellet operation, and automation investments parlay nicely into providing our customers with a comprehensive product line up and a relentless focus on continuous improvement – ultimately driving value to our customers," he said.

“We are excited to join Kamps as their culture and like-minded business practices are a perfect fit. Kamps is the perfect team to partner with as we begin our next phase of growth,” said Northland Pallet, Inc. owner Mitch Martin. “We will continue to provide the excellent service our customers expect while increasing our opportunities and capabilities via the Kamps national network.”

This is the third acquisition Kamps has completed in the last 30 days, reinforcing the company’s willingness to invest in strategic growth to meet evolving customer needs. Recent market conditions prove that Kamps’ combination of vast resources and local presence is key to successfully supporting supply chains and delivering superior customer experiences. The addition of Northland Pallet grows Kamps’ national presence to 52 asset-based locations, supported by over 6,100 trailers and 3,500 employees.

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