SEP-OCT 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 • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 3 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 • Tanya Hughes 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 • Kevin D. Hicks Union Pacific Railroad • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR James C. Gauntt • ADMINISTRATOR Deborah L. Corallo • WEBSITE & COMMITTEE COORDINATOR Barbara L. Stacey Volume 99, Number 4 • September/October 2018 On The Cover: Pg. 14 Participants in RTA's Annual Tie Grading Seminar took a "hands-on" approach during the intensive three-day event. Hosted by Koppers Inc., the seminar was held in Peoria, Ill., and at the Koppers plant in Galesburg, Ill. See a play-by-play photo description of the event starting on page 14. 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. S P E C I A L R E P O R T S Railway Supply Institute Study Showcases Power Of Rail Industry Products RTA was among several industry associations that partnered on a study quantifying the economic and workforce impact of the products and services produced by the railway supply industry. Safety Minute: iPhone Users, How To Say 'No' To Distracted Driving In a new Crossties column called "Safety Minute," we learn how to enable the Do Not Disturb function on iPhones. Market Outlook For Ties For 2018 & Beyond RTA's exclusive tie demand survey, coupled with data from AAR and ASLRRA, explains the demand expectations for wood ties this year and into the future. Sawmill Focus See hardwood procurement trends as reported by RTA members in the field. Also, learn more about the meetings held on Capitol Hill by representatives of the Hardwood Federation. Talks focused primarily on trade and the Farm Bill. Learn More About RTA Conference Presenters A field of outstanding industry experts has been lined up to make presentations during the Annual RTA Technical Conference & Symposium. Here's a sneak peek. RTA Award Winners To Be Honored At Convention Four wood tie industry veterans have been named RTA's annual award winners for 2018. Learn more about those who will be honored at the convention for their contri- butions to the industry. Deserving Students To Receive RTA Scholarships Three students have been selected as winners of RTA's John Mabry Forestry Scholarships. Get to know each of the students and their aspirations for working in the forest products industry. Conference Play-By-Play Refer to this agenda to see the details of the upcoming RTA Symposium & Technical Conference. You'll see who is scheduled to speak at what time and learn more about the networking opportunities and fun activities for guests. News Scope ............................ 4 Sawmill Focus ...................... 19 Tie Trends......................28 Regular Departments 8 10 19 20 22 24 26 6 CONFERENCE SHOWCASE C O N T E N T S

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