RAIL.ONE opens concrete tie facility in Iowa

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor
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Symbolically sending the first train with concrete ties on its maiden voyage by cutting the red ribbon (from left to right): Iljir Plana, Project Manager at RAIL.ONE, Mark Vulich, the Mayor of Clinton, Steve Howes, Chairman of the Clinton Regional Development Corporation, D. Lynn Kelley, Ph.D, Vice President of Supply and Continuous Improvement Union Pacific Railroad, Larry Huinker, Plant Manager in Clinton, Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor for the state of Iowa, Jochen Riepl, Chief Executive Officer of RAIL.ONE and Dr. Ludwig Friedl, Vice President for Technology & Operations at RAIL.ONE

The RAIL.ONE Group, a manufacturer of concrete crossties and system provider for rail-mounted tracks, opened a new factory in Clinton, Iowa. Construction of the $22-million production facility began in 2013.


Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds officially set in motion the new line for the production of concrete ties and sent a train on its maiden delivery voyage by cutting the red ribbon on April 29.

Along with its production locations in Germany, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, South Korea and Hungary, Clinton in the U.S. is now the thirteenth production operation for concrete crossties and non-ballasted track systems for RAIL.ONE. In the factory, 65 new jobs are being created in the region and in the future, the company will produce around 600,000 concrete ties per year.

RAIL.ONE has developed a special type of HHS 36/6 heavy-duty tie. It meets both AREMA specifications, as well as the specifications of the European EN 13230 standard.