MAR-APR 2018

Crossties is published for users and producers of treated wood crossties.

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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 • MARCH/APRIL 2018 18 RTA EVENTS T he Railway Tie Association will hold its 2018 Tie Grading Seminar July 30- Aug. 2 at the Koppers Plant in Galesburg, Ill. Hotel accommoda- tions will be in Peoria. This learning experience is designed to appeal to both veterans of the wood tie industry as well as newcomers, and will provide instruction on engineering prin- ciples, wood identification and anatomy, defects, insects, fungi, drying, procurement and more. Seminar instructors will also teach attend- ees to spot defects that may limit tie life and will address manufacturing plant hygiene. "Students will learn what to do and not to do to ensure effective and efficient process- ing of wood ties. They will learn wood treat- ment practices and how a wood preservation facility works and hear the latest on material handling, material processing and grading, air drying techniques, wood treatment tech- nology," said RTA Education Committee Chairman Marshall L. Allen. Allen added that students would be able to see first hand how their newly learned skills could be applied during a plant tour at the Koppers plant in Galesburg. "With the hands-on learning experience with industry's leading experts standing at your side, this is one educational experi- ence you cannot afford to miss if you work with wood crossties," said RTA Executive Director Jim Gauntt. "This is the seminar to attend to become an authority on tie grading." A quiz, a wood identification test and the final Grading Derby will test students' knowledge on site. INDUSTRY EXPERTS ARE YOUR INSTRUCTORS The teaching staff includes professors, railroaders, foresters and wood preservers: Allen, Terry Conners, Nate Irby, Robert Pearce, Jim Ringe and Kevin Hicks. After 20 years as a district manager, track and right of way maintenance for Metrolink Commuter Rail System in Southern California, Marshall Allen retired in 2010 and is now pri- vately consulting on track maintenance, engi- neering, rehabilitation and inspection. Terry Conners, an associate extension professor at the University of Kentucky, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in forest products from Penn State University, a master's degree in wood sci- ence from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. in forestry from Virginia Polytechnic. Nate Irby is category manager – Engineering, Ties & Timber for Union Pacific Railroad. He manages UP's wood ties and timbers in procurement assis- tance, inventory management and quality control. Irby attended Mississippi State University as well as North Carolina State University and while a graduate student at both institutions taught classes, conducted research projects and provided cooperative extension work. With decades of field experience on numerous domestic projects as well as pro- jects in Brazil, Mexico and Canada, Robert Pearce is Norfolk Southern production manager for Stella-Jones at the company's Montevallo, Ala., plant near Birmingham. Jim Ringe is a professor of forestry at the University of Kentucky, where he has taught since 1983. He teaches a wide variety of courses, including wood science, wood identification and utilization, and forest operations. He holds a bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of Kentucky and a doctorate from Purdue University. Kevin Hicks, AVP-Engineering at Union Pacific Railroad, is responsible for the infra- structure design effort for all of UP's capac- ity expansion, commercial facility, bridge replacement and facility replacement pro- jects, as well as all signal design, industry and public projects, and MOW environmen- tal permitting. REGISTER ONLINE Registration will open soon at www.RTA. org. The fee to attend is $575 and covers all classroom and take-home materials, the welcome receptions Monday and Tuesday evenings, breakfast, lunches, and beverages and snacks during classroom instructions. In addition, all attendees will receive a compli- mentary one-year subscription to Crossties magazine, a $75 value. GETTING THERE Registrants who must travel by airline should plan to fly directly into Peoria International Airport (PIA), which is about a 30-minute drive to the hotel. RTA TIE GRADING SEMINAR TO BE HELD IN GALESBURG, ILL. RTA's Annual Crosstie Grading Seminar is a hands-on learning experience ideal for anyone involved in processing, inspecting, specifying and using treated wood crossties. Registration will open soon at

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