Crossties

SEP-OCT 2018

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CONTACT RTA WEBSITE BECOME A MEMBER BECOME A MEMBER RTA WEBSITE CONTACT Cahaba Pressure Treated Forest Products Eagle Metal Products East Coast Railroad Gross & Janes Co. Hurdle Machine Works Koppers Inc. CROSSTIES • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 4 XXX INDUSTRY NEWS NAM Acquires Manufacturing Leadership Council The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced the successful acqui- sition of the Manufacturing Leadership Council (MLC), which provides industry- leading best practices, data and insights on Manufacturing 4.0 (M4.0). Across the country, manufacturing profes- sionals from operations, plant management, supply chain and information technology fields turn to the MLC for real-world knowl- edge via their peers, in-depth factory tours, an annual three-day conference, webinars, a bimonthly journal, case studies and exclu- sive survey research on subject matters such as advanced analytics and artificial intel- ligence, predictive maintenance, augmented/ virtual reality, collaborative robotics, addi- tive manufacturing, current workforce digi- tal readiness, cybersecurity, M4.0 cultures and organizational models. "This acquisition adds another strong portfolio of services to the association," said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. "It complements our existing Leading Edge thought leadership programming that you have come to know—and it will create more value not only for our members but also partner organizations and for their members as well." Koppers' Steve Lish Takes On New Role PITTSUBURGH—Koppers Inc. has appointed Steve Lish as vice president, Recovery Services for M.A. Energy Resources (MAER) business group of Koppers Railroad Products and Services. Lish joined Koppers in 1989 and has held various leadership roles in operations within both the Railroad Products and Services and Carbon Materials and Chemicals (CMC) business units. In his new role, Lish will develop and employ capital projects and initiatives while delivering operational excellence in a socially responsible and ethical manner. NC Awards Short Line RR Grants RALEIGH , N.C.—Fourteen short line rail- roads will soon be making improvements to their infrastructure thanks to approximately $7 million in matching grant funds being awarded as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation's Short Line Improvement Program. "We look forward to seeing the positive impact these grant funds have on North Carolina's short line rail infrastructure, which plays a key role in our economy," said Julie White, NCDOT Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation. "These improvements not only spur economic development, but also enhance the safety and reliability of rail operations across the state." The Short Line Improvement Program supports short line rail infrastructure health and performance throughout the state, enabling NCDOT to partner with short line rail companies on rail improvement projects. This partnership helps the short lines meet customer needs in an efficient and cost- effective manner while also preparing them for growing service demands and partner- ships with potential customers. Since 2014, over $28 million in match- ing Short Line Improvement Program funds have been provided toward 66 rail improve- ment projects. Industry in the Spotlight NEWS Scope RTA shirts are showing up on the "Left Coast." Two fellow RTA guys, Butch Bernhardt, left, and Dallin Brooks of Western Wood Preservers Institute, found themselves coming to work wearing the same RTA gear in early September. Rock on, WWPI peeps! See you soon! Preserved Wood Brotherhood

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