REMSA Spotlights WVCO Business Manager, Rob Loomis!

Rob Loomis, currently serves on REMSA’s Board of Directors

The Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) has had a long, productive relationship with the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association(REMSA) that has benefited both our company and the rail products industry as a whole. REMSA recently featured WVCO Business Manager and REMSA Board member, Rob Loomis, as their “Board Member of the Month”. Here is what he had to say.

REMSA: What do you enjoy most about being on the REMSA Board?
Rob Loomis: The best part of being part of the board is being able to help our membership. Whether it is advocating for our industry for tax savings, funding, or promoting our value to Class 1 railroads, I enjoy delivering value to our membership.

REMSA: What has your experience on REMSA Board taught you and what is your vision for the future of REMSA?
The greatest lesson I have learn, or rather reinforced what I know, is that we as a whole can accomplish more than we can as individuals. Our success is a team effort and even if we compete in the industry, we all win if we work together.

REMSA: Do you participate in any committees as a REMSA Director?
Rob Loomis: Currently, I am the Chairman with the Government Affairs committee and support the efforts of the Exhibit and Long Range Planning committees.

REMSA: How did you get started in the rail industry?
Rob Loomis: My first exposure to the rail industry was in developing hopper car lining and tie-plugging and concrete tie repair products to extend the life of these assets.

REMSA: What do you love most about your job/the rail industry?
Rob Loomis: Mostly the people. Their focus on safety and delivering value in everything they do. This focus allows companies like Willamette Valley Company to invest in developing innovative solutions for customers who care about reducing overall costs and improving safety.

REMSA: What do you find yourself doing most in your downtime? Hobbies outside of work?
Rob Loomis: Family time, backpacking, dirt/mountain biking, or simply throwing a tennis ball for my Chesapeake Bay retriever.

REMSA: How do you define the “future” of rail? Where do you think the industry is headed?
Rob Loomis: The future of rail is like the future of the internet. It is our future and always will be. The more people recognize the value of rail transportation, the cleaner the environment will be, the lower the cost will be to tax payers, and the healthier our economy will be.

The rail industry is headed in the right direction and they will add more technology to help reduce costs and improve our overall supply chain for the country. It is our responsibility as members, to educate the leaders in this industry how we deliver value and lower their costs by reducing repeat maintenance, or extending the life cycle of their assets, with our products and solutions.

You can read more about WVCO’s partnership with REMSA by clicking here or visit www.remsa.org to learn more about the organization and its members.

How WVCO’s Partnership with REMSA Benefits the Rail Products Industry

WVCO’s Partnership with REMSA is Benefits the Rail Products Industry

Our official credo at Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) is “Partnering Through Service,Innovation, And Integrity”. We believe our longstanding partnerships with leading trade associations are integral to our customer’s success and has helped WVCO ascend as one of the leading North American companies in the rail products industry

The unique relationships we have with elite professional organizations like American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) enable us to better serve our customers by giving us access to the latest technologies, methodologies, and resources.

In this post, we are spotlighting our partnership with REMSA, a non-profit trade group representing over 330 railway engineers, contractors, and consultants and maintenance-of-way suppliers across the country. WVCO Business Manager, Rob Loomis, is on REMSA’s Board of Directors where he serves as Government Affairs Chairman. Rob is uniquely qualified for this position as he has been at the forefront of developing innovating solutions for tie remediation with polymer materials and state-of-the-art equipment to increase efficiency for over a decade. 

Rob Loomis, currently serves on REMSA’s Board of Directors The rail supply industry contributes a hefty amount to our global economy and  gross domestic product (GDP) and employs more than 125,000 people in our country. In a 2018 economic impact study, Tracking the Power of Rail Supply: The Economic Impact of Rail Suppliers in the U.S., REMSA partnered with other organizations to quantify the economic and workforce impact of the products and services produced by the railway supply industry. According to the report, the economic contribution of the railway supply industry amounted to more than $74.2 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017 and they paid $16.9 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments.  

REMSA’s mission is to facilitate global business development opportunities to 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. 

One of the things we value the most about our partnership with REMSA is their efforts to advance initiatives and unite railroad maintenance-of-way suppliers in support of the rail industry through grassroots advocacy.  To date, REMSA’s Grassroots Program has hosted 33 Members of Congress at member company facilities, including a 2018 event for Congressman Peter DeFazio hosted here in our Eugene, Oregon facility. The program has also generated over 200 rail industry and local media articles, highlighting the products and services of our membership.

DeFazio Rail Award

Rep. DeFazio accepts award at Wilamette Valley Company in 2018- Courtesy of REMSA

REMSA is also a sponsor of Railway Interchange, the largest combined railway exhibition and technical conference in North America. WVCO has had the honor of participating in this world-class rail industry event many times by showcasing our WVCO Railroad and POLYQuik products, and we look forward to participating once again in 2023.

To learn more, watch this video below to learn more about REMSA’s key membership value initiatives and its role in supporting the maintenance of way industry and be sure to visit www.remsa.org. 

WVCO Solutions for DOT Infrastructure Repair Projects

Infrastructure Repair Products

U.S. highways, railways, roads, and bridges are in decline and in desperate need of repair and have been so for years. According to Reuters, studies indicated “close to half of U.S. roads are in poor or mediocre condition and more than a third of U.S. bridges need repair, replacement or significant rehabilitation”. It is one of the reasons why many influential business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, unions, and elected U.S. officials are asking Congress to take action and dramatically boost spending on the crumbling U.S. infrastructure.

The good news is major DOT Infrastructure repair projects are happening all over the country, and they are likely to ramp up even more in the next few years. Multiple signs indicate the United States could soon be in the midst of a massive improvement initiative to critical transportation and infrastructure projects. There is talk of passing a bold infrastructure spending bill, and earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced it is seeking applicants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. INFRA grants will fund transportation projects of national and regional significance. 

WVCO has created various custom products and services for the transportation industry for several decades. State DOTs are already embracing our innovative solutions to repair important infrastructure like roadways, airports, and facilities. WVCO products like FastPatch® have been approved by state DOTs (e.g., California, Texas, Georgia, Washington, etc.) for service on major highways. The product is also being used around the world (e.g., Australia, China, South America, Canada, Mexico, UK) to repair airports, highways, bridges, railroads, and other various applications. 

Here are some of our infrastructure repair solutions praised by state DOTs all over the country for use on highways, bridges, railroads, airports, and more. 

FastPatch® 
FastPatch® will outlast and outperform traditional repair materials due to its unique polymer properties. The cure time of FastPatch® is only a few minutes, allowing for quick return-to-service times. It is also cold-applied, which makes it safe to use and means it will not push/shove after it is installed.

SPIKEFAST®
SPIKEFAST® is a tie-plugging compound for wood & composite railroad ties. This non-foaming, 100% solids compound is designed to anchor cut-spikes or screw-spikes.

POLYQuik® 
POLYQuik systems are thoroughly evaluated for performance with the latest in application equipment, physical properties testing, weather exposure, adhesion testing, chemical resistance testing, and much more.  Click here to view POLYQuik’s product line of Concrete Repair Products, Fillers & Sealants, and Spray Coatings

Keeping reading to see some examples of these products! To learn more about all WVCO concrete and railroad repair solutions, click here to contact us or email info@wilvaco.com

WVCO Railroad Repair Solutions

-FastPatch® Railroad Industry Application, Sealant and Repair Products 

-Concrete Ties 
-Dispensers: Handheld Systems, SpikeFast® Intermediate Production, High Production
-Railcars: POLYQuik® Hopper Car Lining
-Structures: FastPatch® Facility Maintenance, FastPatch® Bearing Pad Repair, POLYQuik® Bridge Deck Waterproofing

-FastPatch HPRE-MD: specifically designed for embedded rail applications and provides excellent electrical isolation, resilience, and vibration and sound damping.

FastPatch HPRE-MD from FastPatch Systems on Vimeo.

-POLYQuik spray elastomers- continue to provide superior coatings for railroad cars and other transportation applications.

WVCO Road Pavement Repair Solutions 

-Pavement Industry Application, Sealant and Repair Products: Applications include potholes, spall repair, pavement repair, crack sealing, crack filling, reflector & button replacement

-FastPatch Microtrench Systems: Restores micro trenches, curb cuts, or short runs. 

FastPatch Microtrench Systems from FastPatch Systems on Vimeo.

-FastPatch 8400: allows for continuous reinstatement of micro-trenches at a rate of 10-23 ft/min. FastPatch Systems are used for fiber optic projects (FTTH) and reinstatement of micro trenches in both roadways and sidewalks.

FastPatch 8400 Continuous Reinstatement of Micro-trenches from FastPatch Systems on Vimeo.

WVCO Airport Repair Solutions 

-Airport Industry Application, Sealant and Repair Products
-FastPatch DPR Airport Repair

FastPatch DPR Airport Repair from FastPatch Systems on Vimeo.

-POLYQuik spray elastomers continue to provide superior coatings for airport runways and other transportation applications.

WVCO is more than just a provider of equipment and products—we’re innovators. Let us know the challenges you’re experiencing, and we’ll work with you to create a solution custom-tailored to meet your needs. Contact us at FastPatch@wilvaco.com or 800-333-9826 or https://wvcorailroad.com/contact

 

How the WVCO Railroad Solutions Are Revolutionizing the Rail Supply Industry

Division Spotlight: WVCO Railroad Division
WVCO Railroad
Did you know that the rail industry’s roots go all the way back to 1st millennia BC when the Ancient Greeks used a prepared earth road that forced land cars to follow a predetermined path? European countries began to use railroads back in the 1600s to help transport coal and eventually other materials. 

By the early 1800s, it began transporting passengers and for the last 2 centuries, railroads have been the backbone of the U.S. economy and have evolved to provide efficient and advanced transportation solutions to American businesses and consumers. 

Maintaining our modern rail system is no small feat and the rail supply industry has also seen advancements in repair products and methods through the years. Before 1999, the only spike-hole plugging products on the market for wood-tie remediation were wooden plugs and rigid foam products.

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. WVCO’s Railroad Solutions responded to this challenge and developed and engineered a new solution, SpikeFast®, a dual-component, non-foam polyurethane product that is currently regarded as the industry’s most reliable product for plugging spike holes. 

Today the railway supply industry plays an essential role in the U.S. economy in terms of jobs, tax revenue, and gross domestic product (GDP) on both the state and national level and we are proud to be a part of it. The importance of this industry and it’s many challenges is what drives us to provide some of the most innovative maintenance solutions on the market for modern railroads including wood and concrete tie repair materials, dispensing systems and FastPatch® and POLYQuik® products to improve the durability of structural applications. 

We have partnered with leading organizations like Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) and American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) to better serve our customers by having access to the latest technologies, methodologies, and resources. 

Visit wvcorailroad.com/products to learn more about WVCO’s Railroad Solutions.

FastPatch HPRE® System Case Study – Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

A Disruption in DART’s Downtown Business District

FastPatch HPRE® Downtown Dallas Business District, May 2019.

FastPatch HPRE® Downtown Dallas Business District, May 2019.

Willamette Valley Company, LLC specializes in collaborative approaches to solving tough industry problems.  Earlier this year, Willamette Valley Company had the opportunity to work with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) which serves the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex of Texas.

Story Source: wvcorailroad.com

Embedding rail in rail grout had traditionally been a messy, labor-intensive, wasteful and time-consuming process. When Mike Holbrook, VP of Rail Operations for DART, found out about a new mechanically delivered and fast curing Polyurethane system, he started working with Willamette Valley Company’s Bret Andreasen to create a system that would bring rail grout into the modern Transit and Light Rail World. (To read Mike Holbrook’s full article on the Dallas DART project see Passenger Transport June 24th 2019 edition, page 10 )

DART provided multiple test locations before committing to this new disruptive technology to bring rail grout into the 21st Century. “We chose HPRE®-MD from the Willamette Valley Company for Environmental, Labor Reduction, Speed of Cure and Noise & Vibration reduction reasons AND it’s made in America” cites Holbrook.

HPRE®-MD allows trains to be put back into service within 1 hour of placing the rail grout due to the quick cure of the 2 liquid components which are mixed at the nozzle. The high output of a minimum 30 cubic feet per hour allowed DELTA RR and GW Peoples to finish early with just a 3 man crew. DELTA & GWP were instrumental in creating innovative methods for preparing the rail replacement and for installing the rail grout.

For example, Larry Lorella of DELTA RR pushed for larger containers for the chemicals asking the manufacturer to design day tanks to avoid time-consuming change-outs of the chemical totes. Willamette Valley’s Bret Andreasen went to work and the result was further collaboration and success for the Design, Manufacturing and Contracting teams. The disruption to service in Dallas was minimized, the disruption to traditional technology by using HPRE®-MD is a big impact.

So what makes this technology work so well in the Light Rail/Transit World? Nathan Werst, the formulating chemist for HPRE®-MD explains: “Although fast curing Polyurethanes are nothing new in the Construction World, what is new is the level of performance that HPRE® provides. My team designed a system that meets the highest performance possible to support current and future ridership forecasts and environments.”

“For example, The HPRE®-MD system is VOC free and 100 times more electrically isolating than previous/existing generation materials on offer. HPRE®-MD was formulated to maximize the expectations of the specifiers and owners expectations as to how a rail grout should perform and not how it could perform based upon technology available at that time.”

Mr. Werst added: “We do not worry about comparing Shore hardness to outdated technology or our compressive strength to harder (brittle) materials, what really counts is toughness and resilience to stand the test of time and increased load.”

Agencies that have and are using the polymer system include: DART, Baltimore MTA, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Chicago RTD, SFMTA, RTD (Denver), VTA, BART as well as many DOTs and Airport facilities in the USA, Canada, Latin America and around the Globe. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact us at Sales@WVCORailroad.com or 800-333-9826. 

WVCO Railroad Division to Attend National Highway Rail Grade Crossing Safety Conference

WVCO RailroadThe WVCO Railroad Division is pleased to announce we will be exhibiting products and application systems related to rail and highway safety at the 2019 National Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Conference Aug. 19-22, 2019.

This year’s conference, held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel, will bring leaders in the rail and highway industries together while presenting contemporary topics and new technology to an international audience. We are looking forward to introducing our solutions designed to make today’s railroads and highways safer and more economical to event attendees that include representatives from FRA, State DOT’s, Class I, II, and III Railroads and representatives of railroads from Canada, Mexico, and overseas.

Our proprietary product, SpikeFast®, the industry’s most reliable product for plugging spike holes, frequently generates a great deal of interest during exhibitions and conferences. We are also there to provide information and answer questions about our railroad tie products for wood and concrete ties and unique application systems.

For more information about the 2019 National Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Conference, please visit nathwyrrsignalconf.com.

About the WVCO Railroad Division
We aim to create the most economical and safest solutions for the railroad industry, by building innovative, high performing products and equipment. As a transportation industry leader, the WVCO Railroad Division has tackled some of the most challenging issues in this industry while providing ground-breaking new products and application systems for light and heavy rail systems all over the world. To learn more, please visit www.wvcorailroad.com.

Introducing WVCO’s New Embedded Rail Solution

Minimize rail deflection and absorb vibration with a new High-Performance Polyurethane Rail Encapsulation (HPRE) system.We aim to create the most economical and safest solutions for the railroad industry, by building innovative, high performing products and equipment. As a transportation industry leader, WVCO’s Railroad Solutions has tackled some of the most challenging issues in this industry while providing ground-breaking new products and application systems for light and heavy rail systems all over the world.

Embedded Rail Systems in city streets and urban environments have faced a range of challenges that include excessive vibration, noise, rail deflection, and maintenance difficulties. To address these challenges, the WVCO team introduced one of our newest solutions: the FastPatch HPRE, High-Performance Rail Encapsulator. This new system is designed from WVCO’s innovative polymer and dispensing equipment and offers fast installation and a long-lasting solution for embedded rail systems with key performance properties.

Our FastPatch HPRE, High-Performance Rail Encapsulator absorbs and significantly reduces sound & vibration and is resistant to chemicals and salts. It is also
•Electrically isolating
•Flexible and Tough
•Meter Dispensed
•Fast Cure
•COLTE and Adhesion to Concrete

The cure time is just a few minutes, allowing for quick return-to-service times. We believe this product will outlast and outperform traditional repair materials due to its unique polymer properties. Download the FastPatch HPRE Performance Sheet for more information.
EMBEDDED RAIL High Performance Rail Encapsulator

What is challenging your business? How can we increase safety and save your business money? Learn more about WVCO’s Railroad Solutions.

About the Willamette Valley Company (WVCO) Railroad Division 
The WVCO Railroad Division is the industry leader in providing innovative new products and application systems to preserve and extend the life of important assets for today’s railroads. Our solutions include railroad tie products for wood and concrete ties and unique application system along with SpikeFast®, the industry’s most reliable product for plugging spike holes. We offer the best solutions for your applications and solve some of the most challenging issues in this industry.
WVCO Railroad Solutions

WVCO Railroad Division Gets Contemporary New Look!

WVCO Railroad Products

The WVCO Railroad Products website gets a new look!

When it comes to innovations in railroad maintenance products, the WVCO railroad division is among the best in the industry. Our railroad maintenance products like SpikeFast® for plugging spike holes, high-performance grout for light rails and wood and concrete tie repair materials and application systems have been a game-changer for companies across the world; we felt it was time our world-class railroad division to have a world-class website to showcase these achievements.

The WVCO team recently launched our newly designed Railroad Solutions website featuring an easy-to-navigate, contemporary new look. In addition to the new website, the WVCO Railroad Division has launched a fresh new logo to reflect the company’s commitment to finding modern solutions to address the challenges of modern-day railroads.

WVCO Railroad Solutions

“Our outstanding team has invested hundreds of hours developing our products and pushing them to the limits,” says WVCO Business Manager, Rob Loomis. “We wanted to make it as simple as possible for rail industry professionals to find the necessary information about the performance of our wood remediation products, coatings, dispensing systems, and a new High-Performance Polyurethane Rail Encapsulation (HPRE) system.’

The site was launched in time for the 2019  AREMA Annual Conference and Exposition-the largest U.S.-based technical conference and trade show for the railroad industry scheduled for later this summer in  Minneapolis, MN.  The combined railway industry event is sponsored by WVCO partners AREMA, RSI, REMSA, and RSSI.

Visit www.wvcorailroad.com to learn more about our innovative rail products and solutions and let us know what you think of our new look!

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

Photo Source: REMSA

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 non-profit trade group representing over 330 railway engineers, contractors, and consultants and maintenance-of-way suppliers across the country.

One of the things we value the most about our partnership with REMSA is their efforts to advance initiatives in support of the rail industry (a $5 billion industry supporting over 35,000 jobs nationwide) and the business development opportunities the organization extends to its members on a national and international scale. Since 1965, the organization has strived to provide its members with the very best equipment, machines, and services in the railroad industry.

REMSA’s Mission is to facilitate global business development opportunities to 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.

Watch the video below to learn more about REMSA’s key membership value initiatives and its role in supporting the maintenance of way industry.

REMSA is also a sponsor of Railway Interchange, the largest combined railway exhibition and technical conference in North America. WVCO has had the honor of participating in this world-class rail industry event a number of times by showcasing our WVCO Railroad and POLYQuik products. In addition, the organization supports the rail industry through actions such as:

*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.

*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.

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

What is in store for Rail in 2018?

Rail

Photo Source: American-Rails

“We feel very good about the future and look forward to next year. We are committed to provide superior service to our customers, and with the volume growth momentum still ahead of us, we see good growth opportunity. A major focus as we move into 2018 is putting more of our resources in place: the people, the equipment and the capital investments.” — Canadian National President and CEO Luc Jobin

What’s the state of the rail industry in 2018? Today’s modern railroads face diverse and unique challenges in daily maintenance projects. There is a lot to be optimistic about in the coming year for rail, though at the moment it is a cautious optimism. A strong U.S. economy and increased consumer confidence could potentially bring new investments and policies that would positively affect all levels of infrastructure throughout the country.

Overall, 2017 was a good year for the rail industry, with the ASCE’s report card giving it the only strong grade of its infrastructure report card. NASDAQ also reported strong growth for railroads in the third quarter due in part to improved focus on deliverables like coal.

Of course, there are challenges to overcome that could impact the industry. Some lawmakers have called for budget cuts, stating that trains are not profitable. National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) President and CEO Jim Mathews responded by saying “those in Congress who believe that passenger rail is not profitable are mistaken. What they don’t see is the big picture. A robust national–and international–intermodal transportation system is crucial to economic growth, especially in those rural and less wealthy areas where travel options are already limited.”

Uncertainty with the North American Free Trade Agreement could also be a factor that greatly impacts the rail industry. Railroads such as the Kansas City Southern that deal heavily with Mexico could potentially feel the repercussions of the deal falling through.

Union Pacific’s Lance Fritz highlights Mexico is a strong business opportunity. “Despite uncertainty around NAFTA, we consider our Mexico business an opportunity that could benefit some of our submarkets. Union Pacific moves 70 percent of U.S. freight-rail shipments to and from Mexico through gateways at Brownsville, Laredo, Eagle Pass and El Paso, Texas; Nogales, Arizona; and Calexico, California. We support trade that helps the U.S. and Mexico economies grow.”

As new infrastructure plans and investments are revealed, the railroad industry’s future will become clearer. We hope it’s a bright one.

About WVCO’s Railroad Division
The Willamette Valley Company’s Railroad Division is the industry leader in providing innovative new products and application systems for today’s railroads. The Railroad Division’s proprietary product, SpikeFast®, has quickly become the most sought-after and reliable product for plugging spike holes.The Railroad Division also offers other railroad tie products for wood and concrete ties, and unique application systems to accurately and consistently apply proven products.

Sources:

https://www.globalrailwayreview.com/article/63203/expanding-passenger-rail-u-s-economy/

https://www.globalrailwayreview.com/news/62949/report-amtrak-cuts-cost-billions/

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/railroad-industry-outlook-december-2018-cm886615

http://www.progressiverailroading.com/rail_industry_trends/article/Outlook-2018-For-Class-I-railroads-moderate-growth-is-the-best-guess–53413