Lightning Technologies, Oxford, Mich., entered into a long-term, exclusive partnership with Microban International, a Huntersville, N.C.-based provider of antimicrobial and odor control technologies, to incorporate Microban’s antimicrobial technology inhibit the growth of bacteria on pallet surfaces.

"We have had such strong interest and demand from produce and protein growers, pharmaceutical manufacturers and retailers that we wanted to further enhance the differentiation and cleanliness proposition of our pallets by adding superior antimicrobial product protection," says Jeffrey Owen, chief executive officer of CEO Lightning Technologies. "The growth of bacteria on coated and untreated wood pallets has been a significant vulnerability for all food-related industries. Lightning Technologies is proud to be the only pallet manufacturer with this superior antimicrobial protection in each of Lightning's pallets."

"This is one of the most exciting and innovative products to hit the food and pharmaceutical transportation sectors in years, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Jeffrey Owen and the team at Lightning Technologies. We entered into this exclusive partnership because we see a clear vision for Lightning adopting an innovations approach and staying ahead of the pack in a space that will continue to become more regulated in the future. We are proud to be on the cutting edge with them and to help in delivering differentiable value to the food industry supply chain," says Michael Ruby, vice president of global built-in business at Microban.