U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL-18), member of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, joined Vossloh and other transportation stakeholders for a tour and transportation public policy discussion at Vossloh’s Fort Pierce, Fla., concrete tie production facility.
“Vossloh and Rocla Concrete Tie were honored to host Rep. Mast at our Ft. Pierce facility,” said Brett Urquhart, Vice President of Vossloh North America and member of the NRC Board of Directors. “We have invested heavily in the economic growth locally in Florida and look forward to continuing to support investment across North America in modernizing all types of railway infrastructure.”
The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association and the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association coordinated the event.
Rep. Mast learned about Vossloh’s extensive operations in North America and toured its Rocla concrete tie manufacturing plant, which employs 50 people in Fort Pierce and produces more than 700 concrete ties every day for numerous railroads in Florida. Vossloh’s Rocla Concrete Tie, Inc., division constructed the Fort Pierce facility in 2015 in order to serve the Florida region with concrete ties for existing rail infrastructure and future expansion projects for both passenger and freight.
The congressman participated in a brief policy discussion, which highlighted government over regulation in the rail industry, such as the proposed FRA Part 243 rule, which would hurt the railroad contractor business. Attendees discussed maintaining the current federal limits for truck size and weight, as well as the importance of the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act, which, if passed by Congress, will allow the nation’s small, local freight railroads to increase their reinvestment for upgrades and expanding the “first and last mile” of transportation infrastructure.