Railroad Tie Association questions
earlier story on tie and lumber
A number of factors, primarily economic, will drive
demand for railroad ties, according to James C. Gauntt,
executive director of the Railway Tie Association.
In a message to Woodworking Network, Gauntt wrote:
“‘Railroad ties will put wood on fast track to higher
prices,’ (Woodworking Network) fails to provide your read-
ership with important information that may lead to errone-
ous speculation on pricing for hardwood products.
“The Railway Tie Association has not changed its forecast for tie demand going forward based upon the litigation
cited. RTA’s econometric forecast is data driven with inputs
from a variety of sources, most important of which is the
forecasted growth in U.S. GDP.
“What is troubling is Gene Wengert’s speculation on a
massive increase in a relatively immediate demand for more
hardwood ties. This speculation fails to account for the
ongoing practices and planning processes all railroads use
to safely operate and maintain its system.”
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acetylation plant breaks ground
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the first phase of construction at the site of the
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