Southern California-based Century Products has granted a commercial license to Ameren Energy Fuels and Services (AFS) of St. Louis, Mo., to develop, manufacture, market and sell polyurethane composite railroad ties made of Century Products’ LifeTime Lumber technology.
John Taylor, president of Century Products LLC, commented, “We are excited to work with AFS to develop an eco-friendly composite railroad tie. We are confident that the new composite railroad tie we develop will meet or exceed industry performance specifications for the creosote-treated wooden ties currently in service.”
Mike Mueller, president of AFS, commented, “We are pleased to take the lead with Century Products in developing this new product for the railroad industry. We believe that in addition to the new LifeTime Lumber composite ties being better for the environment than the old creosote-treated wooden ties, we think they also can help improve the efficiency and economics of railway operations through their longer service life.”
Century Products’ LifeTime Lumber technology combines custom polyurethane chemistry with recycled fly ash, an inert waste product from electric utility plants. This combination provides a mix of strength, weight and flexibility, as well as resistance to water absorption, mould, mildew and rot
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