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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 5 CSX. We thank the CSX team for their professionalism during the process and look forward to working with them to support current and future customers on the two railroads," Shuba added. The operations of the ATN and FCR, which have been managed by OmniTRAX for several years, are expected to continue unchanged following the acquisition. The ATN, based in Gadsden, Ala., operates 120 miles of track used to transport cement, pulp board, food products, canned goods, steel and other commodities. The FCR, based in Atlanta, operates 25 miles of track in the Fulton County Industrial Park providing service to warehouses and light manufacturing companies transporting food products, metals, building materials, paper and packaging products. NS, CSX To Serve New Savannah Logistics Center ATLANTA— Atlanta-based Capital Development Partners, a developer of industrial and infrastructure projects in U.S. gateway and constrained markets, has broken ground on the $125 million Savannah Port Logistics Center. The 2.3 million-square-foot logistics campus is being developed to meet the needs of import, export and e-commerce customers of the Port of Savannah, the fastest growing and largest single-container port in the United States. The Savannah Port Logistics Center will feature multiple routes to the port and access to major Interstates (I-16 to Atlanta and the Midwest and I-95 up the eastern seaboard). The 190-acre industrial campus will offer dual rail service, trans load capability and more than 2,000 container storage positions. The dual rail capability will allow customers to ship via Norfolk Southern and CSX Tier 1 railroads. Building I is a 1.1 million-square-foot industrial facility featuring a 40-foot ceiling, cross-dock capability and dual rail service ready for occupancy in April 2019. Building II is a 1.3 million-square-foot industrial facility featuring a 40-foot clear ceiling, cross-dock capability and dual rail service. Construction is expected to begin on Building II in late 2018. Rail Traffic Up WASHINGTON—The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 21, 2018. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 553,024 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.9 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending July 21 were 265,338 carloads, up 3.8 percent compared with the same week in 2017, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 287,686 containers and trailers, up 5.9 percent compared to 2017. Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2017. They included grain, up 3,359 carloads, to 23,767; petroleum and petroleum products, up 2,009 carloads, to 11,102; and chemicals, up 1,785 carloads, to 32,043. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2017 were coal, down 2,469 carloads, to 85,865; and forest products, down 82 carloads, to 10,313. For the first 29 weeks of 2018, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 7,524,473 carloads, up 1.6 percent from the same point last year; and 7,973,779 intermodal units, up 6.2 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 29 weeks of 2018 was 15,498,252 carloads and intermodal units, an increase of 3.9 percent compared to last year. North American rail volume for the week ending July 21, 2018, on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 367,733 carloads, up 4.3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 374,898 intermodal units, up 4.7 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 742,631 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.5 percent. North American rail volume for the first 29 weeks of 2018 was 20,890,754 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.6 percent compared with 2017. WASHINGTON—On the one-year anniver- sary of the first climate lawsuit filed against manufacturers in California, and as part of the ongoing effort to combat baseless litiga- tion against manufacturers, the National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM) Manufacturers' Accountability Project (MAP) released principles for reform that would protect the strength of the manu- facturing industry and the integrity of the nation's legal system against the growing trend of public nuisance lawsuits against manufacturers. Such lawsuits have been filed in California, New York, Colorado, Washington state and Rhode Island. "Manufacturing workers, taxpayers and our legal system are all harmed by the ongoing baseless litigation against manu- facturers," said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. "Manufacturers want to be part of the solution in ending these frivo- lous lawsuits and political stunts. These common-sense reform principles—trans- parency in contingency-fee agreements, pre-emptive legislation and immediate with- drawal of the lawsuits offer a path forward. We cannot continue to allow trial attorneys and headline-seeking politicians to abuse the nation's legal system for their own per- sonal gain. "The courts have already ruled against this strain of frivolous litigation, most recently when a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by San Francisco and Oakland. Judge William Alsup's decision in that case should be required reading for other jurisdictions contemplating simi- lar lawsuits. This form of jackpot justice isn't the answer, and it diverts time and resources that could be better spent work- ing towards real solutions, as manufactur- ers do every day." The MAP's reform principles call for: • Public officials to be fully transparent regarding the terms of their arrange- ments with contingency-fee plaintiffs' lawyers to whom they have outsourced government legal authority and police power; • Pre-emption legislation that would protect manufacturers and consumers from frivolous lawsuits, which unfairly seek to charge them with liability for global climate change; and • An immediate withdrawal of all climate change-related lawsuits against manu- facturers in America. NAM Releases Reform Principles To Protect U.S. Manufacturing

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