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Why These San Diego Wood Crates Are the New Black

Wood crates have been en vogue for hundreds of years. Sometimes they're used to transport goods only once then disposed of. Other times they're used over and over until the wood crate is falling apart!

So how can a packaging product that's been around for centuries reinvent itself? That's a question San Diego's packaging manufacturer Valley Box is answering.

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Being hailed as “the new black” the hottest thing to hit the industrial packaging market is multi-use reusable wooden crates.

Making a wood crate last 5, 10 or even 15 years is no problem for Valley Box who offers painted exteriors, steel reinforcements and refurbishing programs.

Since 1965, Valley Box has been packaging San Diego's Manufacturers using high-quality eco-friendly custom wood crates.

Manufacturer's product stay in style with colorful Valley Box crates, shock-resistant decks and moisture barrier resistant packing.

Painted Exterior


Besides the obvious fact that a painted wood crate just looks cooler, there are more benefits that put function over fashion.

Paint adds ultra violet protection to any wood box which, if you haven't heard, blocking damaging UV light increases a surfaces lifespan... significantly!

Not to mention Valley Box customers have found that painting their wood crates can aid in container identification whether it be in their own yard, a trade show convention loading dock or on the back of a delivery truck.

But back to fashion part! A sleek coat of color makes labels and stencils *pop* . Marketing departments salivate at the potential of making their product stand-out from the competition in a way that the retail packaging world has been battling it out for years!


black-box-with-hinged-lid.jpgRefurbishing, whats that? Some of the world’s most profitable companies offer repurposing programs for things like rebuilt iPads, cell phones and computers. Essentially they're fixing-up older models to like-new conditions and keeping them in play in the marketplace.

Well believe it or not Valley Box also offers this service because every piece of hardware steel and wood can be replaced so it performs just like it did when it was first built.

Refurbishing makes good business sense because it helps your bottom line by extending the life of the box and maximizing investment by using it over and over again.

The company’s innovative refurbishing program ensures Manufacturer's get the most out of their wood crates. When the repair cost is no more than half the cost of a brand new wood crate, Valley Box recommends refurbishing!

Even better? The end result is an attractive crate that will shine a positive light on your company culture and business.

Upgraded Construction

black_wood_box_with_casters.jpgHow can we end this article without mentioning the accessories!?!

Not only can the life of the wood crate be extended with paint and some TLC...but with upgraded materials and accessories like heavy duty hardware, thicker plywood and custom steel reinforcements!

Not unlike the fashion world the "fabric" or material used is critical to the outcome of the product.

Construction changes like different grade and thickness of plywood can add significant shear strength to doors, lids and panels.

Lumber grades also play a role when increasing the strength and therefore longevity of your investment.

Check out our FREE GUIDE: Wood Grades Explained Wood Grades

Accessories range in lifespan as well, which is Valley Box offers a wide variety of casters, link locks, hinges, locks, etc.

We could go on all day about hardware. How about we show you!

Flip through the Valley Box Hardware Flickr album below.


Topics: Reusable

Alicia Guillette

Written by Alicia Guillette

Alicia Guillette, is now the third generation of family involved at Valley Box Company. Starting in 2006, she has taken Valley Box into the digital age by developing a new web presence, implementing enterprise resource management tools and expanding the product line to include material handling equipment.