MAY-JUN 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 • MAY/JUNE 2018 3 Volume 100, Number 2 • May/June 2018 On The Cover: Pg. 20 Register now for RTA's Annual Symposium and Technical Conference, scheduled for Oct. 22-25 in beautiful, tropical Bonita Springs, Florida. The event promises to provide a lively environ- ment for discussion, networking and learning. 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 ASLRRA Conference Recap The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association brought members together April 7-10 in Nashville, Tenn., where they participated in 36 breakout sessions, awarded outstanding professionals and enjoyed a variety of networking events. Why Secular Stagnation Does Not Describe The U.S. Hear from ITR Economics CEO Brian Beaulieu on why he believes the words "secular stagnation" is not an accurate description of the current state of the U.S. economy. Mid-Year Market Update In RTA's Mid-Year Market Update, find out how total tie purchases ended up for 2017 and gain insight on what economic factors could contribute to future purchasing trends. Wood Preservation Takes Center Stage At EPA Review Meeting RTA and allied organizations played a significant role in a briefing to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs designed to help EPA gain a greater understanding of the industry. Women Make Strides In Ever-Changing Rail Industry Women are demonstrating their expertise, adaptability and mettle in the railroad industry. Sawmill Focus: Carbon Neutrality Moves Forward Consistent progress is finally being made toward codified federal government support for the hardwood industry's sustainability message. RTA Conference Registration Information Review the agenda and registration form on pages 22 and 23 of this issue and make plans today to attend RTA's Annual Conference Oct. 23-25 in Bonita Springs, Fla. 8 10 6 14 C O N T E N T S News Scope ..................................... 4 Hardwood Procurement Trends ...... 19 Tie Trends ....................................... 24 Regular Departments 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 18 22 16

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