Stewards of the Environment
At Gross & Janes Co, we take pride in wise use of natural resource conservation. We select-cut only mature trees and focus on salvageable timber. Our foresters are trained in the best land management practices and harvesting techniques. We have also been working for many years to find an effective and environmentally friendlier way to reduce the amount of creosote needed to preserve green railroad crossties.
We were an early railroad industry proponent of using borate to offset creosote utilization in the production of crossties. After two decades of in-track testing and results monitoring of borate in railroad crossties, we recently introduced a patent-pending and innovative new non-pressurized borate pre-treatment process called Tuff-Tie™ which optimizes this environmental impact while eliminating the cost of pressurized application of borate at the time of creosote application. This new process also provides a more environmentally friendly alternative for the disposal of spent ties.
As a result, we have been able to build on the environmental and cost benefits of borates without compromising their three major technical attributes:
- Prevention of stack burn during air seasoning
- Effective wood penetration to prevent interior decay in service and maximize cost performance
- Prevention of spike kill so we reduce maintenance costs and prevent premature failure