Crossties

NOV-DEC 2017

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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 • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 3 Volume 98, Number 5 • Nov./Dec. 2017 On The Cover: Pg.14 RTA's 99th Annual Conference drew quite a crowd this year to San Diego to learn more about the trends—both global and domes- tic—affecting the wood tie and railroad industries. See photos from the conference and make plans to attend next year's event in Florida. 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 2015. 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 Special Tribute In a touching tribute, former RTA President Gary Williams, Koppers Inc., retired, shares what he learned from the many years he worked with Gerald Reynolds, also a former RTA President. Chinese Hardwood Plywood Imports Tariff Update The International Trade Commission has stated it would impose high tariffs on dumped Chinese Hardwood Plywood Imports because the domestic industry is injured by China's actions. Numbers Don't Lie A question posed by a member of RTA prompted an article prepared by RTA's Economic Team to address how RTA graphically presents long-term trends in purchases, production and inventory data. Hardwood Federation Looks Forward To New USFS Chief In her regular column, Hardwood Federation Executive Director Dana Cole says the new United States Forestry Service chief, Tony Tooke, has a solid under- standing and is supportive of the hardwood industry's concerns. Hardwood Procurement Trends RTA's dashboards provide an in-the-field look at demand and availability of untreated crossties from sawmills. RTA President Shares Insight On 2018 Initiatives RTA President Tim Ries of Koppers Inc. offers insight on RTA's most pressing issues and plans for 2018. Industry Addresses Railroad Sustainability Issues In an event held immediately following RTA's Annual Conference, railroaders, treaters and others allied to the industry met to discuss how the industry can sup- port railroad sustainability. Recap Of RTA Conference Presentations Excerpted comments from presenters provide a look at the important issues ad- dressed during RTA's 99th Annual Conference. News Scope......................4 Tie Trends......................28 Regular Departments 6 8 10 10 4 12 13 22 C O N T E N T S SAWMILL FOCUS 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 www.rta.org • ties@rta.org 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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