Crossties

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 3 Volume 100, Number 1 • Mar/Apr 2018 On The Cover: Pg. 8 Strength In Numbers At Railroad Day Members of the Railway Tie Association and hundreds of others allied to the rail industry participated in the annual Railroad Day on Capitol Hill event in Washington in March. Among the impor- tant issues discussed were making the 45G tax credit permanent and truck weights and sizes. 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 Short Line And Regional RR Exec Named Railroader Of The Year John C. "Jack" Hellman of Genesee & Wyoming was named Railway Age's Rail- roader of the Year. A portion of his acceptance speech is provided. The Impact Of The Short Line Tax Credit Studied RTA determined that more than 1 million ties are purchased and installed annu- ally by short lines and regional railroads, thanks to the 45G tax credit. Rail Trespass, Crossing Deaths Climbed In 2017 Operation Lifesaver expresses concern about the increase in crossing incidents. Hardwood Federation Identifies Top Industry Issues A recent policy survey of Hardwood Federation members identified top courses of action for 2018; chief among them are log exports to China. Wooden Pallets Recycled Preliminary results of a research project conducted by Virginia Tech on the disposal of wooden pallets at landfill sites reveal that most wooden pallets are being recycled. Member Profile: Wheeler Lumber Learn how Wheeler Lumber got its start more than 100 years ago. Why the HMA Conference Is A Must-Attend For RTA Members The Hardwood Manufacturers' Conference should be a priority for RTA members who want to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. Summer Field Trip In Colorado RTA's Summer Field Trip will take participants to the Denver/Colorado Springs/ Pueblo area to view a variety of manufacturing operations. Tie Grading Seminar Set For July 30-Aug. 2 Another hands-on, real-world learning experience is planned for those who want to learn the ins and outs of grading wood ties. Conference Celebrates 100 Years Of Wood Tie Advocacy RTA's 100th Annual Conference will be held in Bonita Springs, Fla. Make plans to attend and get the latest wood tie developments, railroad purchasing plans and more. 8 10 12 4 12 14 15 C O N T E N T S News Scope ..................................... 4 Hardwood Procurement Trends ...... 14 Tie Trends ....................................... 20 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 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 16 18 19

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