MAY-JUN 2018

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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 • MAY/JUNE 2018 4 ASLRRA's Darr To Leave Association WASHINGTON—The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced recently Linda Bauer Darr would resign her position as president, effective July 27. Darr has accepted the role of CEO of the American Council of Engineering Companies. "It has been a great pleasure to work alongside a committed board and a talented staff focused on the advancement of our industry. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish together, and confident that with the strategic plan in place, the organization will continue to be strong and relevant amid unprecedented change," Darr said. Judy Petry, ASLRRA chairwoman said, "Linda has made significant contributions during her tenure with ASLRRA, including standing up the Short Line Safety Institute, successfully advocating for the 45G tax credit, and adding a new level of profession- alism to our publications and events." AAR CEO Announces Planned Retirement In 2019 WASHINGTON—Edward R. Hamberger, president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced plans to retire from the organization in early 2019, after more than 20 years of service to the association. Executive search firm Korn Ferry has been retained to lead the search for his successor. "It has been a privilege to help one of America's vital industries—freight rail— navigate through a period when the funda- mentals of Washington, the economy and the industry have evolved," he said. "From protecting the economic framework that revitalized America's railroads to clearing the path to developing and deploying new safety technologies, I am extremely proud of the work we have done together over the last two decades, none of which would have been possible without the leadership of our members and the hard work of AAR's dedi- cated staff." Hamberger was recently awarded the 2018 Railroad Innovator Award from Progressive Railroading and Rail Trends, recognizing his individual outstanding achievement in the rail industry. Manufacturing Sector Jobs On The Rise WASHINGTON—The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently reported that job openings in the manufacturing sec- tor have soared to the highest reading since January 2001. Manufacturers posted 451,000 job open- ings in April, up from 421,000 in March. Openings were high for durable goods firms, up from 253,0000 to 286,000, but were slightly lower for nondurable goods manufacturers, down from 168,000 to 165,000. Bipartisan Support To Expand Collaborative Forest Program WASHINGTON—A bipartisan group of senators announced the introduction of leg- islation recently that would reauthorize and expand the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. The program, according to Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), has a proven track record of improving forest health, reducing wildfire risk and supporting rural communities." Koppers' Tom Loadman To Retire PITTSBURGH—Koppers Holdings Inc. announced that Thomas D. Loadman, senior vice president, Railroad Products and Services (RPS), has elected to retire at the end of the year. James A. Sullivan, senior vice presi- dent of Global Carbon Materials and Chemicals, will lead the RPS segment. He joined Koppers in 2013 as vice president of Business Development. INDUSTRY NEWS Industry in the Spotlight NEWS Scope Premier Green Crosstie Provider to Class 1 Railroads TUFF-TIE IS MEETING ITS PROMISE OF STRENGTH AND LONGEVITY! ™ Tuff Tie™ was the early industry leader in Borate Pre-Treated Ties. Tests conducted by the Class 1 railroads now show that Borate treated ties are living up to their promise of greater strength and longevity. Don't wait any longer… contact us today and make the commitment to extend your crosstie performance! Find out more at

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