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 6 ore than 1,800 railroad industry pro- fessionals attended the ASLRRA 2018 CONNECTIONS Convention April 7-10 in Nashville, Tenn. With 10 education tracks, including super sessions and panel discussions, the 105th convention offered sessions that addressed all aspects of railroading. 2018 CONNECTIONS Chairman Gary Griswell welcomed attendees to the Music City by highlighting the many offerings of the convention: 36 breakout sessions and 240 exhibitors; award ceremonies honoring the best, brightest and safest indi- viduals in railroading; keynote speakers to enlighten attendees on the latest industry trends; and networking events such as the ASLRRA PAC night at the Grand Ole Opry, Pinewood Derby, silent auction, golf outing and General Jackson Showboat din- ner cruise. While the work of the association on the legislative, regulatory and safety fronts was highlighted, CONNECTIONS was also a time to recognize the peo- ple and businesses making a difference in the industry. ASLRRA presented the Distinguished Service Award to Mortimer (Mort) Fuller III. Marketing awards were given to Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad, Lake State Railway, and Louisville & Indiana Railroad. In recogni- tion of its commitment to hiring veterans, Louisville & Indiana Railroad received the Veterans Recruitment Award. ASLRRA also honored Rio Grande Pacific Corporation Director of Safety, Training and Regulatory Compliance Mitch Harris as the Safety Professional of the Year and Louisville & Indiana Railroad Director of Transportation Jeremy Kramer as the Safety Person of the Year for their career commitment to safety compliance and culture. Other awards included the Susan C. Murray Scholarship Award, which was given to Emma Lezberg, daughter of Robert Lezberg, project manager at Simmons Machine Tool Corporation. The first-ever League of Railway Women (LRW) Hall of Fame Award was presented to ASLRRA Vice President of Member Engagement and Sales Kathy Keeney for her dedication to the LRW and the rail industry. Railway Age presented its Short Line Railroad of the Year Award to Lake State Railway Company and Regional Railroad of the Year award to Indiana Rail Road Company. ASLRRA Board Chair Judy Petry, president of Farmrail System, Inc., also acknowledged the association's early victo- ries this year, with the extension of the 45G tax credit through December 2017, and the enormous success of Railroad Day. "We had 700 participants at Railroad Day and saw tangible results with nine new co-spon- sors signing on to the BRACE Act. Today, we have 259 sponsors in the House and 56 sponsors in the Senate," Petry said. Railroaders Gather For ASLRRA CONNECTIONS Conference M INDUSTRY NEWS BNSF Railway Executive Chairman Matt Rose answered questions from ASLRRA President Linda Bauer Darr and attendees regarding the Staggers Rail Act, Class 1's, safety, truck size and weight, and more.

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