JUL-AUG 2018

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RTA EVENT CALENDAR CONTACT US RTA EVENT CALENDAR CONTACT US ADVERTISE Stella-Jones Corp. Railway Tie Association Wheeler Lumber Nisus Corporation MiTek Industries CROSSTIES • JULY/AUGUST 2018 3 Volume 99, Number 3 • July/August 2018 On The Cover: Pg. 13 RTA members attended the annual summer field trip in Colorado, touring facilities stretching from Denver to Pueblo. See the various plants the group visited and watch for updates on next year's field trip in Texarkana. S P E C I A L R E P O R T S ASLRRA Report Shows How Short Lines Impact Economy A new report issued by the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association demonstrates the significant contribution the industry makes to the U.S. economy, especially since the enactment of the 45G tax credit. RTA played a key role in pro- viding data for the report. 'Bridge To The Future' Dedicated In New York The beautiful new Genesee Arch Bridge expands freight rail capacity and economic opportunities for businesses and communities in the region. See Operations In Action During the annual summer field trip, RTA members got an up-close look at the operations taking place at facilities such as Lewis Bolt & Nut, Evraz Steel, L.B. Foster, TTCI, OmniTRAX, BioChar NOW! and Koppers Inc. Sawmill Focus The Hardwood Federation's Dana Lee Cole discusses the progress being made on the Farm Bill and identifies the major differences between the House Bill and the Senate Bill. Hardwood Procurement Trends See a snapshot of opinions expressed by in-the-field wood tie buyers who procure untreated crossties from sawmills in their regions. 2018 RTA Conference & Technical Symposium If you have not yet done so, now is the time to register to attend RTA's Annual Conference & Technical Symposium. This event is designed to share the latest developments in research, legislative issues, engineering projects, tie disposition and much more. An agenda is on page 21 and a registration form follows on page 22. News Scope .......................................... 4 Hardwood Procurement Trends ......... 20 Tie Trends...................... ...... 24 Regular Departments 11 13 18 6 20 21 SAWMILL FOCUS C O N T E N T S CROSSTIES (ISSN S0097-4536) (USPS# 949600) is published bi-monthly (six times per year) by Covey Com mu ni ca tions Corp. in association with the Railway Tie Association (RTA). All rights reserved. Neither RTA nor Covey Communications Corp. assume any re spon si bil i ty for state- ments made or opinions expressed by members or others in articles appearing in this publication. CROSSTIES readers include all active members of RTA plus other individuals and institutions interested in the treated wood crosstie and related industries. Individual subscriptions are available for $35 per year. Subscriptions, advertising rates and other data can be obtained by writing or calling Covey Com mu ni ca tions Corp., P. O. Box 2267, Gulf Shores, AL 36547, (251) 968-5300. Information on membership in RTA is available by contacting the Railway Tie Association, 115 Commerce Dr., Ste. C, Fayetteville, GA 30214, (770) 460-5553. Periodical Postage paid at Gulf Shores, AL and other entry locations. Copyright 2018. POSTMASTER: Please send change of address form #3579 to the Railway Tie Association, 115 Commerce Dr., Ste. C, Fayetteville, GA 30214. Published jointly by: Covey Communications Corp. P. O. Box 2267 Gulf Shores, AL 36547 (251) 968-5300 • FAX (251) 968-4532 & The Railway Tie Association 115 Commerce Dr., Ste. C Fayetteville, GA 30214 (770) 460-5553 • FAX (770) 460-5573 • J. Talty O'Connor Publisher • Kristen S. McIntosh Editor • Kelly S. Williams Graphic Designer • Stephanie Eckman Advertising Traffic Coordinator Railway Tie Association Executive Committee PRESIDENT Timothy R. Ries Koppers Inc. • VICE PRESIDENT William L. Behan Gross & Janes Co. • David A. Koch II Wheeler Lumber • Kenneth E. Dailey Stella-Jones Corp. • Richard A. Gibson Appalachian Timber Services • Frank (Skipper) S. Beal. Beal Lumber Co., Inc. • Kristine N. Storm Genesee & Wyoming • Jon M. Zillioux Norfolk Southern Corp. • Kevin D. Hicks Union Pacific Railroad • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR James C. Gauntt • ADMINISTRATOR Deborah L. Corallo • Website and Committee Coordinator Barbara L. Stacey

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