Nick Neal

About Nick Neal

Nick is an account manager for the industrial bag division at Rapid Packaging and National Bulk Bag. Nick received his Bachelor's degree at New Mexico State University and Metropolitan State University.

In the past, Nick spent time in construction sales and was a business development rep in packaging for about two years.

Nick is a big Minnesota sports fan and spends his free time fishing and waterfowl hunting.

Nick is National Bulk Bag's resident hemp expert. As the hemp industry explodes in the United States following recent changes to the laws regulating the plan, Nick has helped many hemp farmers find FIBCs that are perfect for their various applications and hemp products.

Recent Posts

What is a Standard FIBC Bulk Bag?

We get a ton of questions when speaking to current and potential customers at National Bulk Bag. One of the most common questions is about what a “standard FIBC” is. When it comes to the bulk bag industry, beyond FIBCA, there is no central bag authority that defines standards. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t commonly used construction types and use cases. What is a standard FIBC? Does the industry have defined standards?

June 23, 2020

Categories: Bulk Bags

Tips for Insect Control While Using Bulk Bags

As the market for FIBCs has grown and matured over the years, we at National Bulk Bag have learned that different industries use bulk bags for different purposes. However, no matter what your industry or application and/or product, controlling insects in and around your facility can often be a challenge. This is especially true for the food industry where insects and other pests can ruin product produce millions of dollars in damages.

June 10, 2020

Categories: Food Grade Bulk Bags

FIBCs and Supplements - A Great Combination

Bulk bags are a versatile, flexible, lightweight, and durable storage and/or transportation vessel. Because of this, there are thousands of various applications across a plethora of industries. However, there are certain industries where it almost seems like FIBCs were made to be used. One of those industries is the supplements industry.

What is FIBC Bridging? How Can You Minimize It?

Companies and users are constantly finding new ways to use bulk bags as the FIBC industry continues to develop and expand into new markets and industries. At National Bulk Bag, we are continually amazed at the conversations we have with current and prospective customers about their innovative product and/or application uses. It’s a testament to not only the ingenuity of end-users but also the flexible and versatile nature of woven polypropylene bags.

March 20, 2020

Categories: Bulk Bag Industries

How FIBC Bulk Bags Can Protect Your Hemp/Biomass From the Elements

At National Bulk Bag, we address a variety of industry applications and product needs. The organics industry which includes but isn’t limited to food, hemp, and other agricultural products category presents perhaps the greatest set of unique requirements and challenges. This is primarily driven by the fact that these materials are grown in the ground and when harvested have shelf lives. The longer these perishable items spend between harvest and processing, the greater the risks for contamination and spoiling.

February 24, 2020

Categories: Bulk Bag Industries

How FIBCs Can Help Small-Batch Hemp/Biomass Growers

As the hemp and biomass industry continues to grow in the US, a diverse field of growers and farmers is also emerging. With this diversity comes different needs, challenges, and day-to-day operations. One of the more defining characteristics of each individual operation is the size. The size of an operation impacts so much of the other parts of the business. Everything from growing, processing, storage and transportation – all of these things are impacted by the size of an operation in some way.

February 14, 2020

Categories: Bulk Bag Industries

How to Properly Pack Hemp (Biomass) into FIBCs and Extend Shelf Life

The hemp industry in the United States is growing fast and creating tons of new jobs and opportunities in the process. With that rapid growth has come with a rush of new entrepreneurs, growers, and processors. However, specific challenges related to the handling, packing, transportation, and storage of hemp as a product have also come with this rapid industry growth.

January 21, 2020

Categories: Bulk Bag Industries

New Draft of Federal Hemp Guidelines & How FIBCs Can Help

In 2018, the revamped Farm Bill directed the US Department of Agriculture to establish a national regulatory framework for hemp production in the United States – essentially clearing the path for the legalization of growing hemp across the country. The USDA took that direction and established an interim final rule that outlines provision for the USDA to approve plans submitted by the states for domestic production.

October 22, 2019

Categories: Bulk Bag Industries

What is ProvisionGard™ (PVGard)? What does it have to do with Bulk Bags?

Staying up with the latest and most innovative trends in the FIBC industry is extremely important as a distributor of bulk bags. However, it is equally important for buyers, suppliers, and/or anyone else involved in the industry. This is especially true when it comes to the trends regarding the food industry and food grade bags due to the delicate nature of the industry.

June 06, 2019

Categories: Food Grade Bulk Bags

Revisiting FIBC Liners

FIBC liners is a core topic on the National Bulk Bag blog. In fact, if you click here you can check out all of the great content we’ve written on liners. However, because we’ve covered the various types, uses, constructions and material types over a long period, a lot of our content is scattered through many blogs.

April 10, 2019

Categories: Bulk Bag Liners

What Are Fully Automated FIBC Bagging Systems?

If you’re currently using flexible intermediate bulk containers in a production facility, then you know it’s quite a monumental task moving bags throughout your facility. Moving empty bags, filling them up with product, moving them across your facility to ship and/or discharge; it can be quite the manual process involving a lot of labor. However, there are solutions that can significantly reduce the amount of manual labor required to do all these tasks while simultaneously improving the overall safety of your facility. We are talking about automated bagging systems.

February 11, 2019

Categories: Bulk Bags

Are Bulk Bags Watertight or Waterproof?

Bulk Bags are one of the most versatile bulk containers on the market. For the most part, no matter what product you are storing and/or transporting, there is a bag that fits your unique application.

December 19, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bag Construction

What FIBCs/Bulk Bags are Best for Use in the Cannabis and Hemp Industry?

If you’ve been following our blog recently, you know we’ve been discussing the growing business of industrial hemp and cannabis and how bulk bags are a great fit for the various products and applications within. However, we haven’t really dived into what types of FIBCs buyers in those industries should be looking to purchase. There are so many types of bag construction and different ways to customize the bags it can be downright confusing when first researching. In our second installment in our industrial hemp and cannabis series, we discuss what bag features to look for.

September 10, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bag Industries

Why Use FIBCs/Bulk Bags for Industrial Hemp and Cannabis?

At National Bulk Bag, we pride ourselves in noticing trends in the industry. We also take pride in making sure we take notes on these trends and talk about them with our current and potential customers. That brings us to the latest trend we are seeing: the growing use of bulk bags in the hemp and cannabis industries. Let’s discuss.

August 10, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bag Industries

3 Advantages of Using FIBC Bulk Bags in Landscaping

Transporting topsoil or other landscaping products can be a cumbersome process for landscaping companies. Many landscaping businesses simply have a dump truck drop the soil/mulch/etc. on the property owner’s front yard or in the driveway. Although some weekend gardeners may need large quantities of fresh topsoil (5-10 cubic yards or a full truckload) or other landscaping products, not all gardeners have the ability to utilize that much product on a given week/weekend. Plans may change, weather may change and before you know it your clients have a wet pile of mud or mulch on their driveway[...]

November 20, 2017

Categories: Bulk Bag Industries

How to Select the Right FIBC Bulk Bag for your Agricultural Operation

When determining the optimal Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container (FIBC), it is extremely important to do your homework and ask the right questions. With varying safe working loads (SWL), sizes, and cubic foot capacities, there are a lot of options to sift through. Being prepared with the right questions and having basic research completed before you speak with a FIBC professional can expedite your buying process and ensure that you get the optimal bag for your application.

October 19, 2017

Categories: Bulk Bag Industries

Jumbo Bags: Perfect for The Malting Industry

Bulk bags (also known as Jumbo Bags) have proven to be effective for storing and transporting a variety of products and materials, but a new use for these versatile woven polypropylene bags has recently emerged. With the explosion of the craft brew industry in the last 10 years, a demand for specialty malted barley has increased exponentially causing malters to look for a better way to transport their product to their customers.

September 22, 2017

Categories: Bulk Bag Industries

5 Reasons Why You Should Use FIBC Bags for Transporting Your Product

Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs) are a fantastic option for transporting and storing dry flow-able products. If you are currently exploring new methods for transporting and storing your dry flow-able product, here are five reasons why you should consider using FIBC bags.

March 21, 2017

Categories: Bulk Bags

Static Electricity in FIBCs: How to Avoid the Dangers of Storing Combustible Products

When bulk bags are filled and discharged, the flowing of the finely powdered substances can at times cause a buildup of static electricity. Properly mitigating the dangers associated with the buildup of static electricity can at times be the difference between life and death, especially when storing and transporting flammable and combustible materials.

December 15, 2016

Categories: Bulk Bag Safety

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