Columbia River Grain Terminal To Use Concrete Ties from L.B. Foster

CXT, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of L.B. Foster Co., has been awarded a contract by West Rail Construction to supply 23,000 concrete rail ties for the unloading system at EGT Development's Columbia River Grain Terminal. CXT plans to start shipment of ties from its Spokane manufacturing plant to the new Longview, Wash., riverside facility in February 2010.

CXT concrete ties will support a high-capacity rail unloading system capable of accommodating up to four 110-car trains simultaneously. The terminal, located at the Port of Longview, will include an additional industrial rail system for unloading barges at the docks of the Columbia River facility.

"We are proud to be an important part of the first export terminal built in the U.S. in more than 20 years," said Mark Hammons, National Sales Manager, L.B. Foster.

EGT Development, LLC, is a joint venture of Bunge North America, ITOCHU and STX Pan Ocean. The terminal will be capable of handling grain, oilseeds and protein meals. When it is fully operational, the facility will be able to handle more than eight million metric tons annually. It is expected to be ready to handle shipments from the 2011 harvest.