Gross and Janes Co.
Spring 2016
Message From the President

Tie purchases are finally beginning to get back in line with customer demands, which is great news after more than 18 months of procurement shortfalls. At the same time, the lumber market has dropped, which is making ties more competitive with lumber. This is creating a positive momentum for ties that is heading in the right direction.

Last month the weather tried to adversely impact these recent gains. Torrential rains in the ArkLaTex area and record flooding in some areas around Shreveport — after 20+ inches of rain in 48 hours — kept loggers out of the woods for several weeks. Fortunately, most but not all of the mills had a reasonably healthy log deck on hand before the rains came, which is helping the mills weather the storm.

Let’s hope these recent trends continue and that we are headed back to normal.


Mike Pourney


Tuff-Tie™ Is Living Up to Its Promise!
Our Tuff-Tie™ was an early leader in borate pre-treated ties, and recent results from the railroads show that these ties are living up to their promise of greater strength and longevity. Today our Tuff-Tie™ business with the Class 1 railroads is steadily growing. Find out more here.

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Marketplace Report — Spring 2016
A random survey of selected sawmills was taken the week of March 21, 2016, to develop this non-scientific snapshot of the crosstie purchasing market. This report is broken down into four primary log-harvesting regions covering portions of Missouri, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana (see map). It covers both oak and mixed-wood logs.

Highlights: Log availability continues to improve, with mills getting in a steady supply of logs. Although the wet weather created some problems for mills moving logs, most mills have enough logs to get through mid-May or later. Log prices are up and fuel prices are down compared to the previous quarter.