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U.S. Plastic Lumber Railroad Ties to Brazil

02 November 2002

U.S. Plastic Lumber Corp has received a purchase order to supply six hundred recycled Composite railroad ties, trademarked DuraTie, for Brazil.

Michael McCann, chief operating officer of USPL, said, ""Although this is not as large an order as we have received from municipal transit authorities in the United States over the last few months, we believe this is a very exciting opportunity for USPL. Our Composite railroad ties have great benefits, including a life expectancy of many times longer than wood, especially in areas of the world with as much precipitation as countries like Brazil."" National Sales Manager, Dan Brink, stated, ""The engineering group that we have worked with for the last three years has done a great deal of study which included visits to actual test locations, customer installations, and manufacturing facilities here in the United States while researching the benefits of this technology. After evaluating our crossties for the last several years, it is evident that they have made a commitment to the long term economic benefits that our composite rail ties can offer as well as the positive impact on the environment.""

The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association is developing specifications for plastic composite railroad ties.