Railroad Day on Capitol Hill

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In a few short weeks, advocates and representatives of the Railroad Industry will make their annual journey to Washington DC to make their messages heard by lawmakers. This important annual event, Railroad Day on Capitol Hill, is taking place on March 2nd, 2017, at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown, 999 9th St, NW, Washington, DC.

With the ever-shifting political climate, it’s more important than ever to be heard.  As anyone who has taken part in the event before knows, it’s the most effective way for the railroad industry’s message to be reached by Congress and can only succeed if everyone turns out in order to present a unified industry.

New Dome Railroad Day Logo - 2017

The event takes place over the course of one day with appointments, meetings, and events all organized in order to communicate the important role that the railroad industry plays in America’s economy, improving our country’s role in global marketplace, and our ongoing success in helping the environment.

Attendees of Railroad Day will have the opportunity to speak directly with decision makers and help promote real change. “Railroad Day is our single most impactful day of the year with Congressional leaders,” said Linda Darr, president of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, of 2016’s Railroad Day. “We had the opportunity to address issues of importance to our industry and the shipper customers we serve.”

Attendance is open to all Class I, II, and III railroad personnel, shippers, state and local government representatives, as well as members from the supplier community with an interest in furthering the political goals of the railroad industry. To learn more, please visit www.aslrra.org.

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NRC-REMSA 2017 Wrap Up

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Last month, a team from Willamette Valley Company’s Railroad Division had the privilege of traveling to Boca Raton, Florida to meet with industry representatives and officials at the NRC-REMSA 2017 Conference and Exhibition. This year’s event proved once again to be an unparalleled opportunity for WVCO and other railway businesses to connect directly with professionals representing all segments of the industry. We appreciated the opportunity to listen to your questions and concerns about the growing number of challenges this industry faces and introduce you to our wood-tie remediation and other repair products.

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The annual NRC Conference and NRC-REMSA Exhibition encompassed more than 1,000 attendees, 150 exhibitors and over 25,000 square-feet of meeting space. It was a pleasure to join the many other members of the railroad industry; including service firms, manufacturers, suppliers and contractors to answer questions about our railroad products and POLYQuik Roadway Repair materials, Joint Fillers and Light-Rail Grout. Other participants of the conference/exhibition included: Union Pacific, SANDAG (San Diego), Genesee and Wyoming, Caltrans, CSX, California Rail, LA Metro, Alaska Railroad, Norfolk Southern, Canadian National, New York MTA, Watco, OmniTRAX and many others.

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Event-goers had the chance to take in seminars from key individuals in the railway and transportation industry. Rob Castiglione, the Staff Director of Human Performance Program for the Office of Railroad Safety FRA presented “Overview of FRA Part 243 Minimum Training Standards Final Rule,” where he expanded on training requirements for all railroad employees and contractors who perform safety related work, the history of the rule, and the role of associations like NRC.

John Zuspan of Track Guy Consultants presented “Means and Methods for Direct Fixation, Low Vibration Track & Embedded Track,” a seminar on the means and methods for embedded track construction.

Jerry Power’s seminar on “Overview of FRA Part 219 Drug & Alcohol Regulation for Maintenance-of-Way Workers Final Rule”  covered  the scope of FRA’s alcohol and drug regulations to cover employees who work in railroad maintenance.

Lastly, Lesa Forbes, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, spoke on new opportunities abroad and how US Commercial Services can help your firm expand your international business.

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The event also saw the induction of new members into the NRC Hall of Fame, Ron Brown, John Zuspan, and Rick Ebersold. The three were honored for their work in NRC, REMSA, and the railway industry as a whole.

Below are some photos of NRC-REMSA 2017, courtesy of REMSA’s Twitter page.

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WVCO was proud to take a part in NRC-REMSA 2017 and look forward to taking part once again next year!

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The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act or “FAST Act” is Signed Into Law

FASTAct2America has always been a nation on the move. But an aging and crumbling transportation system is not only slowing Americans down, it’s reducing productivity, undermining our ability to move products across the country and around the world, and increasing congestion and air pollution. It’s time to get America moving again! – U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Last month, the first law providing long-term funding certainty for surface transportation in over a decade was signed into law. The implementation of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or “FAST Act” States means that local governments should be able to move forward with critical transportation projects, like new highways and transit lines, more easily. “After hundreds of Congressional meetings, two bus tours, visits to 43 states, and so much uncertainty – and 36 short term extensions – it has been a long and bumpy ride to a long-term transportation bill,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx. “It’s not perfect, and there is still more left to do, but it reflects a bipartisan compromise I always knew was possible.”

The deteriorating condition of America’s roads, bridges and rail lines have been an area for concern for some time.  According to US Department of Transportation, sixty five percent of America’s major roads are rated “less than good” condition, while one in four bridges require significant repair or cannot handle today’s traffic and 45 percent of Americans do not have access to transit.

The FAST Act is considered by many to be a good start, as it increases funding by 11 percent over five years. “This is far short of the amount needed to reduce congestion on our roads and meet the increasing demands on our transportation systems,” states the U.S. Department of Transportation. “In comparison, the Administration’s proposal, the GROW AMERICA Act, increases funding by 45 percent”.

The law also makes changes and reforms to many Federal transportation programs, including streamlining the approval processes for new transportation projects, providing new safety tools, and establishing new programs to advance critical freight projects.

For a more detailed summary of some FAST Act provisions, visit www.transportation.gov/fastact.

 

WVCO to Present Railroad Repair Products and FastPatch at the Railway Interchange 2015

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Willamette Valley Company is looking forward to exhibiting our Railroad products and FastPatch products at Railway Interchange, the largest U.S.-based technical conference and trade show for the railroad industry! The combined railway industry event, sponsored by AREMA, RSI, REMSA and RSSI, takes place October 4th-7th in Minneapolis, MN at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

An estimated 7,000+ attendees and hundreds of exhibitors from all over the world are expected to attend this world-class rail industry event. The event combines the technical conferences of AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association) and CMA (Coordinated Mechanical Associations) and the exhibits of RSI (Railway Supply Institute), REMSA (Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association) and RSSI (Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc.)

Photo @ Railway Interchange 2013

Railway Interchange is an ideal venue for our Railroad Division to share it’s leading-edge systems and products for plugging spike holes in both concrete ties and wood ties as well as unique application systems to accurately apply them. Our team will meet with railroad professionals from around the world as they seize the opportunity to see and hear all that is new and innovative across the entire rail supply industry.

The demand for WVCO’s railroad maintenance and repair products continue to grow steadily, but it’s our proprietary product, SpikeFast, that is becoming known by most railroads as the industry standard.

SpikeFast, a non-foam polyurethane product, was created in 1999 as an alternative to wood plugs and other plugging materials. The result was a more reliable and efficient system of wood-tie remediation. Performance tests commissioned by national railroads indicate that SpikeFast outperforms wood plugs, polymeric foam and epoxy foam.

We hope you’ll stop by Booth 4509 to learn more about these and other repair and maintenance products.

All Aboard and Ready for the 2015 NRC Conference!

Rail Industry As the rail industry continues to grow and evolve, so does our selection of innovative rail maintenance and repair products. The WVCO team is always eager to connect directly with railway engineering professional representing all segments of the industry to introduce them to new products and ideas. We also appreciate the opportunity to listen to their questions and concerns about the growing number of challenges this industry faces.

This is one of the primary reasons we will be exhibiting products and services from our Railroad Division at the 2015 National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Conference in Hollywood, Florida January 7-10, 2015. The NRC is a trade association serving the needs of railroad contractors and suppliers. This annual event attracts some of the leading professionals in the industry who are there to network, attend technical presentations, seminars and more.

The WVCO Railroad Division team will join other members of the railroad industry including service firms, manufacturers, suppliers and contractors to exhibit our railroad products and POLYQuik Roadway Repair materials, Joint Fillers and Light-Rail Grout.

The annual NRC Conference and NRC-REMSA Exhibition will encompass more than 1,000 attendees, 150 exhibitors and over 25,000 square-feet of meeting space. We have a unique program agenda lined up with chief engineers from the major freight railroads, and other key speakers covering topics on:

2015 Class 1 and Regional Railroad Capital Spending Plans
Florida Rail Projects
Commuter Rail and Transit Contracting
Financial View of the Rail Industry
High Speed Rail Updates
Rail Infrastructure Legislation
Rail Projects of National Significance
Railroad Construction Safety

Please be sure to stop by the WVCO booth!

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Spotlight on SpikeFast®, the Signature Product of the WVCO Railroad Division!

For nearly two centuries, the railroad industry has played a vital role in our economy and continues to grow throughout the world.  Why?  Railroads are one of the most economical and efficient modes of transportation resulting in more jobs and billions of dollars saved annually. As the industry continues to grow, so do the challenges; prompting the Willamette Valley Company Railroad Division to create successful solutions for railroad maintenance.

Our Railroad Division is continuously developing leading-edge systems and products for plugging spike holes in both concrete ties and wood ties as well as unique application systems to accurately apply them. The demand for WVCO’s railroad maintenance and repair products continue to grow steadily, but it’s our proprietary product, SpikeFast®, that is becoming known by most railroads as the industry standard.

Performance tests results show that SpikeFast® is the leading spike-hole filler in the railroad industry.

SpikeFast®, a non-foam polyurethane product, was created in 1999 as an alternative to wood plugs and other plugging materials. The result was a more reliable and efficient system of wood-tie remediation. Performance tests commissioned by national railroads indicate that SpikeFast® outperforms wood plugs, polymeric foam and epoxy foam.

Here’s how it works:

Headed to to the 2014 American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association in Chicago? Be sure to visit us at booth #401 to learn more about how we can serve you!

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WVCO Attends Infrarail 2014

Members of the WVCO team join the DWG booth at Infrarail 2014.

Representatives from more than 170 companies gathered this week at Earls Court exhibition center in London for the 10th International Railway Infrastructure Exhibition a.k.a. Infrarail 2014. Among them were three WVCO reps from our Railroad Division who joined colleagues at the DWG Timber Components Ltd booth to demonstrate our railroad and infrastructure maintenance and repair products.

DWG, one of our distributors in the UK, offers a range of concrete and timber repair products for the rail and civil industries including Spikefast, Fastpatch, handheld applicators and metering equipment for urethane based timber, concrete and asphalt repair products.

It was an electrifying scene with companies from all over the world showcasing the very latest products, systems and services for constructing, operating and maintaining rail systems. The exhibition also featured an interactive discussion forum and keynote speeches from policy-makers and industry leaders.

WVCO rep meeting with members of the rail infrastructure market at Infrarail 2014.

This year was especially exciting for us as the Civil Infrastructure & Technology Exhibition (CITE) took place alongside Infrarail making the largest infrastructure exhibition held in the UK this year.

It was beneficial for us to see the latest technology in action, learn about new products/services, consolidate existing relationships and make new connections. We could tell you all about it….but we’d rather let Infarail show you the event in action (see if you can spot our team):

Service Project Beneftting Operation Gratitude to Take Place at the 2014 ASLRRA Annual Convention

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Members from our Railroad Division team are gearing up for the 2014 American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) Annual Convention in San Diego California later this month.

The event, April 22-25, is the railroad industry’s premier education and networking convention addressing railroading’s hottest issues.  Representatives from the WVCO Railroad Division will be demonstrating products we manufacture for the railroad industry including SpikeFast® at booth #607 in the exhibition hall.

This year’s (ASLRRA) Annual Convention is more than just a convention. This is also an opportunity for members of our industry to participate in a special service project benefiting Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends care packages (more than 150,000 annually) to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas.

The goal is to create 500 hygiene kits to go in the care packages and 250 paracord survival bracelets. The convention will also have letter writing stations set up around the room with drop boxes where participants can write a message of thanks for a military member serving overseas. ASLRRA’s goal is to have 1,000 notes written by the end of the convention.

ASLRRA is a non-profit trade association, proudly representing more than 510 short line, regional, Class I, switching, transload, transit and tourist lines and over 460 Associate Business Suppliers.

WVCO POLYQuik & Railroad Division Reps Are Back on the Road!

 

Lower image: Don Milner of Graham Contracting, Bassem Muallem Caltrans District 8 Director, Steve Takigawa Caltrans Deputy Director, Maintenance and Operations, and Tony Tavares Caltrans DIvision Chief or Maintenance at 2013 California Chip Seal Association Pavement Preservation Workshop.

WVCO has a busy few weeks ahead as we go back on the road to meet with our colleagues, customers and present our flagship products from our POLYQuik & WVCO Railroad Divisions. 

Our first stop will be in Sacramento, California February 5-6, 2014 where we will present our high-performance concrete repair products, color-stable coatings, fillers and sealants, floor coatings, primers, and spray coatings at California Chip Seal Association Pavement Preservation Workshop.

WVCO representatives are looking forward to showcasing our concrete repair products like FASTPATCH and POLYQuik for transportation and infrastructure markets.

Highlights of the Conference will be Keynote Speakers WIll Kempton, current Director of Transportation California and Steve Takigawa, the Deputy Director of Maintenance and Operations for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) along with educational workshops detailing binders, aggregates, mix designs, equipment calibrations and QC for slurry, microsurfacing, and chip seal applications.

Our next stop will be further south at ExpoRail 2014 in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico to represent our innovative new products and application systems for today’s railroads, including our proprietary product, SpikeFast®.

ExpoRail 2014, an international railroad industry exhibition/meeting, will be presented by Mexican Association of Railroads, AC  Sunday, February 9, 2014 – Tuesday, February 11, 2014. 

The event will gather Railroad Industry Product and Service Suppliers from Mexico, USA, Canada and Latin America for educational workshops and discussions on industry topics such as

• Engineering rail services and project management.
• Railway Construction and maintenance.
• Electricity conduction works.
• Locomotive and car load painting.
• Technical assistant for Railway equipment.
• Locomotive and car hire and sale.
• Locomotive and car repair, reconstruction and maintenance.
• Railway wheel and tooling manufactures
• Articulate crane sale, rent and manufacturing, hoist, remote controls and automated via changers.
• Wood and concrete railway sleepers.
• Impregnation of sleepers
• Power transmission systems and braking system development
• Repair, maintenance and breaking valve calibration for locomotives and cars.
• Hardware for via changers.
• Lubricants and railway industrial cleaning and maintenance.
• Intermodal and Logistic Railway Services.
• Safety services.
• Intermodal terminals
• Railway signaling and automatization of yards, etc.

Follow our Facebook Page and Twitter updates for more updates from the road!

 

WVCO Partner Spotlight: Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA)

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Willamette Valley Company is proud to partner with many outstanding organizations that have helped to lead the way in our industries. These unique partnerships have enabled us to better serve our customers by giving us access to the latest technologies, methodologies, and resources.

This month, we are spotlighting our partnership with REMSA (Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association), a sponsor of Railway Interchange 2013, one of the largest exhibits of maintenance-of-way equipment, products and services in the United States.

WVCO is at this world-class rail industry event held at the Indiana Convention Center this week showcasing our WVCO Railroad and POLYQuik products. Railway Interchange is also sponsored by AREMARSI, and RSSI

Willamette Valley Company is showcasing our POLYQuick and Railroad Division at the Railway Interchange 2013 in Indianapolis.

REMSA represents companies and individuals who manufacture or sell maintenance-of-way equipment, products, and services, or are engineers, contractors and consultants working in construction and/or maintenance of railroad transportation facilities. Since 1965, the organization has strived to provide it’s members with the very best equipment, machines and services in the railroad industry.

One of the things we value the most about our partnership with REMSA is the global business development opportunities the organization extends to it’s members.  The organization serves the railroad industry by:

• Maintaining long standing alliances with the Federal Railroad Administration, Association of American Railroads, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), the Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc., the Railway Supply Institute, the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, and the U.S. Congress, among others.

• Distributing the REMSA Buyer’s Guide, a compilation of REMSA member companies to more than 5,000 individuals engaged in railway and transit engineering and related disciplines each year.

• Publishing a quarterly newsletter that includes interviews with industry leaders, articles on foreign opportunities, legislation and lobbying efforts, company profiles, as well as exhibition and meeting news.

• Providing scholarships to REMSA member company employees and their families.
Supporting networking with an interactive job board, Career Network, that offers easy-to-use and highly targeted resources for online employment connections.

• Association representatives are politically active on behalf of its members and the railroad industry by meeting with lawmakers in Washington, DC, and at the state level.
Offers Inter-Association Collaboration with all major professional and trade associations in the railway supply and railroad industries.

To learn more about REMSA and the other contributions the organization has given to our industry, please visit www.remsa.org.