Gross & Janes Co. has recently introduced Tuff-Tie® to the railroad industry. Tuff-Tie® is a green crosstie that is pre-treated with borate using our patent pending non-pressurized process. This new process optimizes this environmental impact while eliminating the cost of pressurized application of borate at the time of creosote application.
Borate has been used as a more environmentally friendly offset to oil-based creosote for wood tie preservative in recent years. Approximately 18 percent of the 22 million railroad ties made in North America last year were treated with borate.