MAR-APR 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 • MARCH/APRIL 2018 9 Hundreds of railroaders, suppliers and rail labor officials gathered this year to advocate for railroad legislative efforts on The Hill. As always, the RTA contingent is up front and center ready to go to work on RR Day on the Hill. RTA VP Bill Behan of Gross and Janes (r) and others visit with 45G sponsor Bruce Westerman (R-AR4) to thank him for supporting the short line tax credit. RTA's Jim Gauntt had a one-on-one meet and greet with Barry Loudermilk (R-GA11) to ask for his sup- port for rail issues. I encourage everyone to participate in this exciting day." Timothy R. Ries, RTA president and Koppers Inc.'s North American Operations Manager of Railroad Products and Services, also attended. "This was my first opportu- nity to participate in Railroad Day on the Hill. The support from the various business groups and organizations was fantastic. Being able to spend time and send a com- mon message with members of both the House and the Senate was not only produc- tive but was also a rewarding experience. There is no doubt in my mind, Railroad Day on the Hill was a complete success." Stella-Jones Vice President of Marketing George Caric said, "I always enjoy my time spent on the Hill sharing how important the railroad industry is to the success of our country. The 45G tax credit is so helpful in allowing our short line customers to spend capital to improve their infrastructure with new ties. It's also important to our sawmills and all the local businesses that support our industry. The enjoyment for me is calling on our leaders with our customers for such a great cause." "We are on the brink of something spe- cial. With RTA's economic work proving the over 1 million tie demand increase when 45G is in effect, and the most bipartisan co-sponsors of any bill in front of Congress, there is a real chance that we can make it a permanent part of the tax code," said RTA Executive Director Jim Gauntt. "The 13 years of hard work that we all have put in to support ASLRRA's efforts have paid off along the way; now the time is at hand to make that final push for permanence." RAILROAD DAY ON THE HILL

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