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More than a Manufacturer

November 30th, 2018 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

Superior drums start with superior people. Skolnik is more than a steel drum manufacturer, we’re an expert resource and industry guide. The Skolnik team is always available to answer questions and guide our partners to the best container and solution for their needs.

We’re industrial packaging manufacturers who hold our products and service to a higher standard. Our steel drums are built thicker, heavier and stronger than the industry standards, and our service extends far beyond the manufacturing process, because the industrial packaging industry extends far beyond the manufacturing process.

Our team of experts is constantly plugged-in to the transportation, storage and regulative landscape. We’re a resource for transportation information and insights and strategic storage solutions. We know the past and present of our industry and keep an eye on the future. We encourage questions and curiosity, and we’re always happy to help.

At Skolnik, we are committed to delivering steel drums that are not only strong, reliable and compliant, but that are the perfect container for our partners unique needs, materials, goals and challenges. So yes, we’re a storied steel drum manufacturer. But more than that, we’re a partner.

A Friend of Small Spaces – The 30 Gallon Drum

November 16th, 2018 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

The 55 gallon drum might be the workhorse of containers, but the 30 gallon is gaining popularity, particularly in cities and growing businesses where space is at a premium. Why? Because a 30 gallon steel drum is more stackable.

Could you stack 55 gallon drums? Skolnik stainless steel drums are built heavier, thicker and stronger than the industry standards demand, so yeah, probably. But how are you going to access them? Do you really want to lift a 55 gallon drum up off of another 55 gallon drum? I thought not.

Smaller drums are easier to stack and easier to move. In general, businesses are expect to do a lot with a little. Whether that’s budget or space or both. In addition to being more small-space-friendly, our 30 gallon steel drums meet the same stringent guidelines regulated by the UN and Department of Transportation.

Whether you need to store them or ship them, a 30 gallon container is the definition of small but mighty, and with an added dose of convenient. Plus, two 30 gallon drums gives you 5 more gallons of storage than the beloved 55 gallon container anyway.

Steel Drums are affected by the Global Tariffs

October 16th, 2018 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Industry News, Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

In the past year, the price of steel in the US has risen due to the tariffs that have been placed on products being imported in to the US. In most cases, steel drum manufacturers and reconditioners have passed on the increase to the end user. There is always the belief that when steel prices increase, reconditioned drums deserve consideration. However, in this unique steel crisis, the available recycled raw materials that are used to recondition or remanufacture drums are drying up as crushed scrap drums are being illegally sent to scrap yards and eventually end up at steel mills. RIPA has created a 1 minute video explaining this unlawful act that could affect companies. Given the reduction of steel drums available for reconditioning, the reconditioned drum prices reflect the shortage of raw drums and therefore, the prices between new and reconditioned are not far apart.

Furthermore, some manufacturers are using the price of steel in the US to drive down the necessary wall thickness of steel drums. Drum user’s often do not realize that reducing wall thickness increases the risk on drum performance — and a small cost savings on the drum exposes the much more expensive inner contents to greater transport risk.

On the other hand, users contemplating reconditioned versus new drums will find that a reconditioned drum is going to be thicker and heavier than many of the thin-walled new drums that are not intended to withstand reconditioning and are being scrapped after a single use. When choosing the best drum for your product, we recommend that thicker steel is the best choice for risk-reduced transport and storage. Never use a drum that is less than 0.9mm minimum or 20 gauge wall thickness.

Check the “Hazmatt” Box!

September 25th, 2018 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

Many of the products that we use on a daily basis, including batteries, aerosol sprays, and adhesives, contain hazardous materials (hazmats). The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) hazmat regulations require that these products be properly classified, packaged, labeled, handled, and stowed for transportation over public right-of-way. This protects workers, emergency responders, and the general public from the risks associated with hazmat transportation. The US Dept of Transportation has introduced a new character, ‘HazMatt’, designed to help ‘reach the unreached’ who are unaware that they are shipping hazardous materials. Speaking at the recent Labelmaster DG Symposium, PHMSA’s Shane Kelley explained that all the modal agencies under DOT are working together to get the message out as widely as possible, particularly to those that do not normally receive the hazmat message. The project is ongoing — and is worth following at checkthebox.dot.gov.

Remember: If you ship products, it is your responsibility to know whether those products are hazmat, and to communicate their hazards appropriately, according to DOT’s hazmat regulations. Shipping a non-compliant hazmat can result in hefty fines from the DOT!