Crossties

NOV-DEC 2017

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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 • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 4 BNSF Names Farmrail Shortline of the Year FORT WORTH, Texas—BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) announced Farmrail System as its 2017 Shortline of the Year at its annual Shortline Conference. Farmrail, a holding company for Class III carriers Grainbelt Corporation (GNBC) and Farmrail Corporation (FMRC), was recog- nized by BNSF for its entrepreneurial spirit and diligence in attracting new customers. "In less than one month, Farmrail was able to replace 8,400 crossties and more than 10,000 tons of ballast to revitalize a siding and capture new business," said Merril Lieb, assistant vice president, BNSF Shortline Development. "It is Farmrail's commitment to growth and teamwork with BNSF that led us to select them as our Shortline of the Year." Located near the 50,000-square-mile Anadarko Basin hydrocarbon reserve situ- ated in western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle, the Farmrail System primarily moves agricultural products and supplies for hydraulic fracturing, such as frac sand. In 2016, Farmrail hauled 24.8 percent more than in the previous year—the third record-setting year in the company's history. "We are always looking for innovative ways to attract new business and keep freight moving for our customers," said Judy A. Petry, president and general man- ager of Farmrail System. "This year, we've brought on three new customers, and see continued growth across the industries we serve." NOTE: See Petry's excerpted comments from the recent RTA Annual Conference on page 23. Railroad Day On Capitol Hill Set For March 7 WASHINGTON—Railroad Day on Capitol Hill will be held March 7, 2018. This important event is designed to attract the various components of the railroad industry, including members of the Railway Tie Association, to participate in a series of meetings with Congressional representatives. Attendance is open to all Class I, II, and III railroad personnel, shippers, state and local government representatives, as well as members from the supplier community with an interest in furthering the political goals of the railroad industry. The meetings provide the opportunity to create an impression and help build momen- tum needed to secure Congressional action on the issues that are most important to the health and prosperity of businesses that sup- port the rail industry. A successful Railroad Day on Capitol Hill will build the foundation needed to extend the 45G railroad tax credit, preserve balanced regulation and bring about a more balanced transportation infrastructure spending policy. In the past, nearly 500 rail industry repre- sentatives have participated in this event. INDUSTRY NEWS Industry in the Spotlight NEWS Scope Statement of Ownership, Management & Circulation (as required by 39 U.S.C. 3685) Title of Publication: Crossties Frequency: Bi-Monthly Publication Number: 949600 Complete Mailing Address: 2001 West First Street, P.O. Box 2267, Gulf Shores, AL 36547 Full Name and Address of Publisher, Editor and Executive J. Talty O'Connor, Publisher; Kristen McIntosh, Editor, P.O. Box 2267, Gulf Shores, AL 36547 Owner: Covey Communications Corp., P.O. Box 2267, Gulf Shores, AL 36547 Known Bondholders, Mortgagees and Other Security Holders: None I certify the statements made by me above are correct and complete. J. Talty O'Connor Publisher PS Form 3526 It was my good fortune to meet Gerald Reynolds 40 years ago when I went to interview for a job with Koppers. How a Corporate Vice President got stuck talking to a green kid still escapes me, but I'm glad he did. The interview went well and he hired me on the spot. Through the years, I always felt like he kept at least one eye on me and, I feel sure, was instrumen- tal in putting me into increasingly more demanding positions within the company. His tenaciousness was well known within the industry and his drive and passion for the crosstie business was apparent and infectious. He oversaw the build up of Koppers-owned timberlands and sawmill operations and created a Procurement network second to none. It follows that, as President of the Railway Tie Association, he brought the same drive and deter- mination to industry mat- ters as he always had to Koppers', and was the main architect of the "Penny Per Tie" pro- gram which to this day generates funds to support industry education and legislative efforts. Quite a legacy in itself. Gerald Reynolds was instrumental in the success of Koppers and the RTA and his shadow still falls heavily on portions of both. A long casting shadow that I had the good fortune to work in for 37 years. Gary Williams Koppers, Retired EXTENT & NATURE OF CIRCULATION Avg. Copies Actual Copies Last 12 Mos. Last Issue Total No. Copies (Net Press Run) 3,887 3,943 Paid Circulation/Requested Circulation Sales Through Dealers, Street Vendor, etc. 0 0 Mail Subscription 3,645 3,668 Total Paid and/or Requested Circ. 3,645 3,668 Free Distribution by Mail, Carrier, Other Means 125 63 Total Distribution 3,708 3,793 Copies Not Distributed Office Use, Left Over, Other 179 150 Returns From News Agents 0 0 Total (should equal net press run) 3,887 3,943 Special Tribute: Gerry Reynolds Editor's Note: Former RTA President Gerald "Gerry" Reynolds passed away Nov. 12 at the age of 90 and surrounded by his family. Reynolds worked for Koppers Inc. for 39 years in roles ranging from regional forester and procurement to raw materials manager and vice president. Below is a tribute from Gerry's longtime colleague and friend Gary Williams, retired, Koppers Inc.

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