JAN-FEB 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 • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 3 Volume 98, Number 6 • Jan/Feb 2018 On The Cover: Pg.10 2018 Market Outlook For Ties Learn what an improving economy and higher manufacturing activity, among other factors, could mean for tie demand in the future. 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 45G Railroad Track Maintenance Credit Extended The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association applauded recent Congressional action to extend the Railroad Track Maintenance 45G Tax Credit. OMB Clears Way For More Ties To Be Included In NHSM Rule Good news for the treated wood tie industry was reported recently when the OMB concluded its review of the EPA's proposed rule to list more treated railway ties as a non-waste fuel under the NHSM rule. RTA Provides Update On Tie Market To IHLA Attendees RTA Executive Director Jim Gauntt presented a market update for wood ties and moderated a panel on industrial markets. Read highlights from the conference. NRC Draws Rail Industry To Annual Conference More than 1,100 rail contractors and suppliers, including RTA staff and members, attended the recent NRC Conference. For a report, turn to page 8. ASLRRA Exec Showcases Major Initiatives For 2018 In a question-and-answer report, ASLRRA President Linda Darr reports on the association's primary focuses for 2018 and offers insight on how RTA members can play a role in its efforts. Tax Reform Highlights For Hardwood Producers Dana Lee Cole of the Hardwood Federation breaks down some of the must-know tax reform highlights that are part of the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. RTA Collaborates On Chinese Log Market Review RTA and the Hardwood Federation, along with other industry stakeholders, are collaborating to quantify the impacts log exports to China are having on members. News Briefs Learn more about the USDA's plan to invest in wildfire mitigation and water quality projects and get an update on the recently approved Reslient Federal Forests Act. 6 7 8 13 4 16 17 18 C O N T E N T S News Scope ..................................... 4 Hardwood Procurement Trend ....... 18 Tie Trends ....................................... 28 Regular Departments 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 • 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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