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L.B. Foster supplies concrete ties for EGT Columbia River Grain Terminal

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CXT, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of L.B. Foster Company, has been awarded a contract by West Rail Construction to supply 23,000 concrete rail ties for the unloading system at EGT'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.

CXT Concrete
Ties will support a high-capacity rail unloading system capable of
accommodating up to four 110-car trains simultaneously. The terminal 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.

"The innovative
design of CXT concrete ties will assure low maintenance and enhanced durability
during an extended life cycle. Concrete ties have a great life-cycle cost
advantage over wood and steel ties. The savings begin with lower labor expense
during installation and the reduced number of concrete ties required to build
track," noted Michael Sands, West Rail Construction President.

EGT is a joint
venture of Bunge North America, ITOCHU and STX Pan Ocean. Up to eight million
tons of grains, oilseeds and protein meals could begin shipping annually from
the Columbia River facility to Asia in the fall of 2011.

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