DENVER--Rocla Concrete Tie, Inc. (“Rocla”), the leading producer of pre-stressed concrete railroad ties in the United States, today announced the grand opening of its new manufacturing facility in Ft. Pierce, Florida.
Located along the Florida East Coast Railway rail network, the location will primarily serve Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) and the new Brightline passenger project, currently under construction, while providing capacity to serve other major rail networks in the Southeast.
Brett Urquhart, VP-Business Development, Rocla, stated, “This state of the art facility has the ability to manufacture 1,000 concrete railroad ties per day and is considered to be the most technologically advanced in the country.”
“The location was chosen in order to provide a centralized facility to support ongoing projects of FECR and Brightline’s rail network, but we are also excited to reach other key rail networks, including CSX and Norfolk Southern, through FECR’s Jacksonville interchange. This will allow us to utilize our new facility for projects beyond the Florida market,” Urquhart added.
The new facility, which broke ground in September, was fast-tracked in order to begin providing materials to Brightline’s ongoing construction.
Rusty Croley, VP-Engineering, stated, “Rocla’s newest technology at our new location in Ft. Pierce allowed a smaller building and site layout and enables us to start supplying product locally, which was important to our customers and employees.”
About Rocla Concrete Tie, Inc.
Rocla is the leading producer of pre-stressed concrete rail ties in the United States. Major customers for its products include Amtrak, Burlington Northern and Union Pacific, CSX, as well as other Class I railroads, light rail/transit projects, high-speed corridors and industrial/ports all around the country. Rocla began producing ties in the United States in 1987 and now has North American manufacturing plants in Pueblo, Colorado; Amarillo, Texas; Bear, Delaware; Portsmouth, Ohio, Ft. Pierce, Florida; Tucson, Arizona and San Jose Iturbide, Mexico. For more information on Rocla, please visit http://www.roclatie.com.