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Pallet Covers

Posted by on Thu, Sep 14th, 2017 at 8:01 pm

Plastic pallet covers serve as a necessary protectant for various types of products. They ensure that said products and shipments are well protected from the exterior elements, while helping to reduce damage to shipments and prevent displaced loads.

Plastic pallet covers can have all or some of the following properties:

  • flexible
  • moisture and UVI resistant
  • anti-static
  • crack-resistant
  • shrink and non-shrink
  • variable slip levels
  • customizable print and a variety of colors
  • flame retardant
  • biodegradable

All of our products can be specifically tailored to your exact specifications regarding size, thickness, and any of the above properties.

Our versatile covers reduce packaging and shipping costs and also help your company to go green by reducing the carbon footprint.

These pallet covers are manufactured using a variety of customized resin formulas that will suit your application needs in mono-layer and co-extrusion of multiple layers. Co-extruded covers can be produced in two different colors, such as white on the outside and black inside. Co-ex covers offer a unique benefit of heat build-up reduction and UV light inhibition to reduce moisture in an outdoor storage environment.

Printed pallet covers offer your company immediate brand recognition. Essentially free advertising!

The possibilities of uses for pallet covers are endless, but here are a few industries we currently supply that utilize these covers to protect their products:

Food, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Agriculture, Resin, Powdered products, Masonry & building supply and Lawn and Garden.

Plastic pallet covers are designed in a manner to fit over a loaded pallet and wrap around the products. If you so choose, pallet covers may also be used for shrink applications where the polyethylene film is heated, which ‘shrinks’ around the products for a tighter fit.

Our friendly and very knowledgeable staff will work with to provide you with an end product of the highest quality, at a competitive rate. Contact us today for a quote! (We can also provide your business with samples)

Hurricane Harvey Impacts Resin

Posted by on Thu, Aug 31st, 2017 at 3:27 pm

Hurricane Harvey has had an unprecedented impact on the Texas Gulf Coast. This has caused an immediate supply disruption on materials coming from that region. Over 50% of North America’s ethylene capacity is down at this point in time, creating a supply chain disruption unlike any we have seen before. In addition, as you may be aware, our plastic resin moves primarily by rail cars; which have been halted in the area at this time. Our suppliers and the railroads will begin making assessments of their infrastructure as soon as they are able to do so. These suppliers are also trying to locate and assemble their work forces.

Tri-Cor is monitoring this situation as it continues to unfold, realizing that it could further deteriorate. We are working closely with our suppliers and carriers to continually assess the situation.  We will strive to maintain operational continuity as much as possible and minimize service disruptions to our customers.

We appreciate your support and patience as we continue to deal with this challenging situation.

Wholesale Sandbags

Posted by on Tue, Aug 29th, 2017 at 6:21 pm

Tri-Cor’s 1600-hour UV stabilized woven sandbags are an inexpensive and durable solution for erosion and flood control, as well as highway barrier and construction applications. Attached UV tie strings provide a secure closure on all of our stock sandbags which can protect from flooding. We stock millions of bulk sandbags nationwide, and can ship immediately. Whether your customer needs a bale or a truckload – we can help!

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Size             Model

14 x 26          White 800 Denier / NO UV
14 x 26          White 850 Denier 1600 HR UV
14 x 26          Green 850 Denier 1600 HR UV
14 x 26          Orange 850 Denier 1600 HR UV
15 x 27           White 850 Denier 1600 HR UV
15 x 27           Green 850 Denier 1600 HR UV
17 x 27           White 850 Denier 1600 HR UV Hem Top
18 x 30          White 850 Denier 1600 HR UV Hem Top
18 x 30          Orange 850 Denier 1600 HR UV Hem Top
11 x 39           Sand Tube w/ Cuffed Liners – 1600 HR UV – No Ties

Protecting Your Property From Harsh Weather

When harsh weather or flooding impacts a property, the damages can be catastrophic. Without erosion and flood protection, many property owners are in danger of taking a loss on their estate’s value.  With polypropylene sandbags, you never have to worry about water damage. We are a sandbag supply company that proudly offers services throughout the US.  Whether you need bulk polypropylene sandbags, or bulk bags, you can count on us to take care of your needs. We have a wide range of stock sandbags in many shapes and sizes. Our sand bags are manufactured from 100% natural Jute fiber.

Please call us today for your sandbag needs!


Posted by on Mon, Aug 21st, 2017 at 2:36 pm

Bulk Bags Baby!

A bag isn’t just a bag….

Most commonly known as “Bulk Bags” – We refer to our superior product as “UltraSack”

Maximize your business’ profitability, safety, and sustainability with our quality products!

FIBC’s (flexible intermediate bulk container) are highly cost effective and we have bulk bags for sale!

-Lower handling costs means no dead weight with secondary packaging
-Lower storage costs
-Maximize space in your storage facility

bulk bags

Flexibility and versatility to accommodate your needs
-A variety of fill and empty options
-We hold stock that can be shipped in 2 days
-We can also customize!
-Printing and design capabilities – Promote and advertise your brand

-These products are recyclable and/or reusable
-Minimize landfill costs and waste
-Reduce footprint

UltraSacks lessen the opportunity for contamination

Extremely durable

Ideal for virtually any free-flowing granule, powder, pellet or flake.

Our UltraSacks are FIBCA approved


Contact Tri-Cor Today to find out how our UltraSack Bulk Bag with handles can be beneficial to your business!

How to Measure for a Gusseted Pallet Cover

Posted by on Thu, Jun 11th, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Looking to figure out what size pallet cover you need? – It’s easy!

There isn’t a standard pallet height, so you will definitely need to get out some measuring tape. Size and weight will also need to be determined when measuring. These pallet covers are perfect for shipping your commercial or industrial packages. They will keep them safe from elements that could potentially damage your product meaning a loss of money for your business. 

The first step is knowing the dimensions of your pallet (or load size)  or what the dimensions are of a commercial pallet you are using.  Then simply follow these steps:

  1. Pallet Width + 2” = Cover Width
  2. Pallet Depth + 2” = Cover Depth (or Gusset)
  3. Pallet Length (Height) + ½ of Pallet Depth + 4” = Cover Length

Note:  Depth is the shorter of the 2 sides

pallet height standard


Pallet/Load Size:   40”W  x  36”D  x  50”L

  1. Cover Width:  40” + 2” =  42”
  2. Cover Depth:  36” + 2” =  38”
  3. Cover Length:  50” + 18” (½ of Pallet Depth) + 4” = 72”

PALLET COVER SIZE:   42”W  x  38”D (Gusset)  x  72”L

pallet height standard

If you need any help, we are always here to assist you! Remember, there is no standard pallet height, weight, or size, so you will need to measure your pallets prior to ordering covers. Contact us here or call us toll-free at 866-940-2247.

Article by: Lindsay Mitchell

Pallet Covers

Posted by on Tue, Jun 2nd, 2015 at 7:36 pm


No matter what type of product you are trying to protect, pallet covers are used to cover pallet loads and help protect them from elements such as water, dust, dirt and UV rays.  Pallet covers also help protect  your product from any damage that can occur during shipping and storage.

Pallet covers are tailored to your exact load dimensions and are available as side gusseted, U-fold, or M-fold top gusseted.


The best part about pallet covers is that they can be custom printed with your company name, logo, product description, or any other message you desire.  You get to advertise your company name and logo at the same time you are protecting your product!  Printed pallet covers come in numerous different film colors with high-quality print up to four colors!



  • Keeps your product protected from harsh weather
  • Helps prevent vandalism and theft
  • Company advertising and brand exposure

Article by: Lindsay Mitchell

Top Sheeting

Posted by on Wed, May 20th, 2015 at 1:53 pm

What is a top sheet?

A top sheet is a plastic film “Polyethylene”, usually 1 to 4 mil thick, that is applied to the top of a pallet load.  It can be applied manually or with an automated top sheet dispensing machine.

A top sheet is generally used in conjunction with stretch film.  With the top sheet draped over all 4 sides of the load, it is wrapped in stretch film, locking the top sheet in place.  This provides added protection to stretch wrapped pallets by helping to keep the top of the pallet clean and dry during shipping and storage.

Benefits to using top sheeting include:

  • UV Resistance
  • Tamper Resistant
  • Dust Protection
  • Moisture Protection

Advertising is another major advantage to using top sheets.  Many companies have their top sheeting printed with their company name and logo for name recognition.  It is an inexpensive way to get your company’s name seen by end-users in stores such as Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Please click here to see how Wulftec’s fully automated top sheet machine works.

Article by: Lindsay Mitchell

Stand-Up Pouches at The Summer Fancy Food Show

Posted by on Mon, Apr 6th, 2015 at 6:27 pm

After attending The Summer Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center in New York City, I learned two things: the packaging needs for the retail food business are limitless and the amount of packaging that the food industry uses is endless. Trying to navigate the crowds was a difficult task, but nonetheless it was one well worth it. I was able to introduce myself to companies that have been around for decades as well as to those companies that are up and coming. Each of these companies had unique packaging needs that Tri-Cor Flexible Packaging has the ability to provide to them. Most of the companies that were there used some sort of stand-up pouch for at least some of their products. At Tri-Cor, we are able to supply stand-up pouches in a variety of sizes, colors, and with customized high quality printing up to 10 colors. Through these trade-shows, Tri-Cor gets to meet new potential clients, and do what we do best, provide for their flexible packaging needs and solve their flexible packaging wants, while providing great customer service.

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Article by: Anthony Giardullo

Coffee Packaging Valve

Posted by on Mon, Apr 6th, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Tri-Cor introduces the Phantom Valve

There’s a trick somewhere but you can’t see it

Phantom is for a controlled release of gasses. Particularly recommended for coffee beans and powder. Phantom is available both in rolls or bags.


  • Phantom is an invisible unidirectional valve which can be made on laminates for food and chemicals packaging.
  • Thanks to a controlled release of oxygen, carbon dioxide or steam. This system prevents explosion or swelling of packs for those products that generate gas after packaging.
  • These elements make the application of Phantom particularly recommended for coffee, pet food, cheese and fresh products.
  • Phantom can be made on any kind of laminated film and can be supplied both in rolls or bags.

Marketing Benefits:

  • Phantom is made straight in rolls therefore there is no need for adjusting packaging machinery
  • Barrier effect to external gasses and moisture thanks to its one way permeability
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Will the Stand-Up Pouch Save Packaged Soup – by David Grimsey

Posted by on Mon, Apr 6th, 2015 at 5:02 pm

I read a great article today by Research Analyst, Daniel Grimsey “Will the Stand-Up Pouch Save Packaged Soup?” and wanted to share.

Soup consumption is flat around the world, with the category recording volume growth of less than 1% globally in 2013. While there are some growth opportunities across the developing world, soup volume sales have been on a downward trajectory across most of the Western world for half a decade. This is particularly the case for the largest category, canned/preserved soup, which is in decline across much of Europe and in Australia. The forecast performance for canned/preserved soup is even less promising, with a value CAGR decline of 2% expected in Spain, France and Italy, 5% in Australia and close to 6% in the Netherlands.

Canned/Preserved Soup Growth Prospect by Region – 2013-2018


Source: Euromonitor International

Why are Consumers Rejecting the Can?

The problem is not necessarily soup’s fault, but its packaging, the metal food can. Consumers are rejecting this packaging format.

Metal food cans are notoriously difficult to open. The can is also one of the heaviest packaging formats and is consequently responsible for a large carbon footprint. In addition, metal food cans tend to look virtually identical on supermarket shelves.

Metal food cans have consequently been rejected by younger generations as a dated packaging format filled with old-fashioned-type foods. Soup in metal food cans is still largely assumed to be limited to tomato, chicken noodle, minestrone and pumpkin.

That Campbell Soup felt inclined to use a half-a-century-old Andy Warhol painting to help promote itself – albeit as a limited collector’s edition – is indicative of the problem. Metal food cans are considered a pack type from a bygone era. This is a problem facing metal food cans all the way down the canned food aisle, but it is particularly pertinent in relation to soup.

Such preconceptions are so prevalent in the consumer’s mind that even if new, exciting and exotic flavours were launched in a metal can format, consumers would barely notice.

The can is clearly the problem.

Could Stand-Up Pouches be the Answer?

Stand-up pouches are an attention-grabbing futuristic pack type with none of the negative connotations that tend to haunt metal food cans. The lightweight nature of stand-up pouches significantly reduces their carbon footprint. They are also far easier to open than the metal food cans they are replacing. Furthermore, the larger flat front of a stand-up pouch can be virtually used as a billboard, making it highly suitable for the promotion of new flavours. This is a benefit that brand owners have embraced. Campbell’s Go is available in flavours such as Spicy Chorizo and Pulled Chicken with Black Beans, Coconut Curry with Chicken and Shiitake Mushrooms and Smoked Gouda with Red Pepper.

The sum of all these benefits provides an additional advantage – retailers are able to charge higher unit prices for gourmet soups in stand-up pouches. They are therefore being heavily promoted by grocery retailers.

Who Will Deliver the Knock-Out Pouch?

Stand-up pouches for soup are already showing promise in a couple of markets, namely the US and Australia, championed in both cases by the two biggest soup manufacturers in the world, Campbell Soup Co and HJ Heinz Co. Campbell’s Go has been a success in the US, but this does not necessarily mean that it will be Campbell which dominates the trend globally.

In Australia, for example, it has been HJ Heinz Co, with its Heinz Soup of the Day, which has had the biggest impact. Heinz Soup of the Day has not been quite as adventurous. Instead of the mushroom soup flavour popular in metal food cans, the stand-up pouch version is marketed as “mushroom with a hint of thyme”. Pea soup, meanwhile, has been transformed into the more appealing “minted garden pea”. And so on.

A battle is likely to rage between the two soup giants over the next few years as to who will win the spoils of this new opportunity.

The Stand-Up Pouch May Even Save the Entire Canned Food Aisle

The progress of pouches has not been limited to soup. A similar trend is occurring in canned beans, where HJ Heinz Co has launched Heinz Beanz of the Day. HJ Heinz Co has also launched ketchup in a stand-up pouch, although it has not been embraced by consumers.

The prospect of stand-up pouches emerging as a key packaging format in other categories, where their combination of light weight, easy opening and eye-catching futurism is appealing, is strong. Such opportunities particularly exist in stagnant or declining canned/preserved food categories, where the unenticing reputation of the metal food can as an old-fashioned pack type indicates the need for a major transformation in order to regain consumer interest.

It is uncertain at this early stage to what extent stand-up pouches will take over categories previously dominated by metal food cans, but it is possible that one day consumers will no longer walk down the canned food aisle in supermarkets, instead walking down the “pouched food aisle”.

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