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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The Impact of ASTM International Standards

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All WVCO products like SpikeFast, FastPatch and POLYQuik are tested and developed to the most stringent standards by organizations like ASTM International. Watch this video to learn more about why standards are such a critical element in manufacturing and trade in the global economy:

When society began manufacturing goods with machine equipment in the late 1700s, it sparked the Industrial Revolution, a major turning point in American history. The Industrial Revolution opened the door to new innovations, better materials, and improved efficiency; but is also created a need for better industry standards to ensure quality and safety of manufactured goods. In the beginning, suppliers in many industries resisted the idea to standardize materials and testing procedures.

It wasn’t until a group of scientists and engineers, led by Charles Dudley, formed the American Society for Testing and Materials (renamed ASTM International) in 1898 to address the frequent rail breaks happening in the railroad industry. ASTM eventually expanded their scope beyond the steel industry and responded to the growing need for standards in many areas including metals, paints, plastics, textiles, petroleum, construction, aviation, energy, the environment, consumer products, electronics, medical services and devices, computerized systems, homeland security and much more.

Today, the organization is made up of more than 30,000 of the world’s top technical experts and business professionals representing 150 countries. Industries and consumers all over the world have benefited in some way from ASTM International standards that are used in research and development, product testing and quality systems. In fact, an estimated 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

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.

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Five out of Six Major Railroads Agree, SpikeFast® is the Leading Spike-Hole Filler in the Industry

For more than 180 years, the railroad industry has played a critical role in our economy and abroad.

“From the food on our tables to the cars we drive to the shoes on our children’s feet, freight railroads carry the things America depends on…. Every year, America’s freight railroads save consumers billions of dollars while reducing energy consumption and pollution, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, cutting highway gridlock, and reducing the high costs of highway construction and maintenance. In addition, America’s freight railroads sustain 1.2 million jobs, including more than 175,000 well-paying jobs in the freight rail industry itself”. From The Economic Impact of America’s Freight Railroads 

The importance of this industry and the many challenges it faces has inspired Willamette Valley Company’s Railroad Division to provide solutions for today’s modern railroads, particularly maintenance.

Wooden railroad ties are used on many traditional railways and before 1999, the only spike-hole plugging products on the market for wood-tie remediation were wooden plugs and a rigid foam product. While these products were effective, they presented numerous challenges to railroad maintenance crews. They needed spike-hole plugging products that could last longer and perform well in extreme weather conditions, including heavy rain, freezing temperatures and high humidity.

A new design concept was needed.

WVCO’s Railroad Division responded to this need and developed and engineered a new solution, SpikeFast, a dual-component, non-foam polyurethane product.

14 years later, SpikeFast® is being used by five of the six major railroads. Maintenance crews are more efficient because SpikeFast® gives them the ability to re-spike more rails in less time and the product that lasts longer than any alternative.

In fact, performance tests commissioned by national railroads indicate that SpikeFast® is the leading spike-hole filler in the railroad industry. Click here to see these performance tests and their results.

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