Treated railroad ties:
In 2008, TankFab teamed up with Amerities Holdings to manufacture the equipment needed for preserving railroad ties with a creosote preservative at their new facility in Hope, Arkansas. The client faced a number issues that TankFab helped them resolve.
The railroad ties that line America today are composed primarily of wood.
They’re easy to produce and strong enough to stand the test of time.
Their strength and longevity is a result of the wood treatment process they go through.
Let’s take a look at Tank Fab’s history with the railroad tie treatment industry and how you can rest assured that working with them will boost the productivity and efficiency of your company.
Railroad tie case study
In 2008, Tank Fab teamed up with Amerities Holdings to manufacture the equipment needed for preserving railroad ties with a creosote preservative at their new facility in Hope, Arkansas.
This would be the first completely new railroad treating facility built within the United States in a number of years.
The client faced a number of issues that needed resolution prior to the start of construction.
We worked closely with the client in resolving these issues.
Our help included obtaining environmental approvals for the facility’s equipment and approval of financial funding partners that would be needed for a facility of this scale.
We also worked with the client to nail down specifications for obtaining estimates for the facility’s buildings, concrete foundations, electrical, and additional equipment needs.
Our tie with railroads
Being a part of professional organizations is important to us.
In addition to manufacturing the equipment to treat railroad ties, Tank Fab is also a member of the Railway Tie Association.
This organization started in 1919 to ensure the engineering of wood crosstie systems continues to improve and adapt to changes in technology.
Our customers can trust that we’re staying up-to-date with the latest advances in the industry.
With the current focus on the environment, we want to be sure you understand that our methods are as eco-friendly as possible.
Here’s what the Railway Tie Association (RTA) website has to say about treated railway ties:
"Preservative treated wooden railway ties are produced in North America by RTA members and used by North American Railroads, contractors, and the industry. After their intended useful purpose, these ties are recycled or disposed of in ways that are environmentally and economically sustainable. Sustainable means that recent and current production, use, and disposition of ties does not reduce or otherwise negatively impact the capacity to continue production, use, and disposition into the future."
At Tank Fab, we care about the effect the equipment we manufacture has on the environment.
While wood, as opposed to concrete or steel, is a more environmentally friendly product to use for railroad ties, the preservative used to sustain the tie is toxic.
Minimizing the amount of preservative leached into the environment is one of the reasons we designed our transfer deck system for the handling of preserved wood ties.
Tank Fab’s story
Thomas E. Lippincott knows his way around this business, founding WOODTEC in 1976.
The company prospered and Tom acted as the President, Engineering Manager, and Owner until 1990, when he sold the business.
He stayed on as Vice President and Engineering Manager until 1995.
Tom’s time with WOODTEC saw the company design, fabricate and install nearly 200 wood treating plants in the United States.
He was the driving force behind starting up each of these successful treatment plants.
We have experience you can depend on to create solutions for you, whether it’s streamlining your processes or addressing your equipment needs.
Tank Fab is dedicated to bringing its clients only the best wood treatment solutions.
To talk to us for a free consultation, please call us at (800)675-9007.
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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 1/6/17 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.