- How does using all aspects of waste help the ecosystem?
- Research for a business in West Virginia that is not as environmentally concerned and develop a letter that expresses concern for the ecosystem and financial benefits.
The last stop was to Appalachian Timber Services which primarily develops cross ties for short lines of the railroad industry, beams for coal mines, and lumber for railroad bridges. What is amazing about the place is that they are the number one supplier in cross ties to the New York subway system. Instead of using kilns to dry the ties, the company employs the use of a vacuum and applying pressure from creosote (a tar byproduct from oil and coal applications used in treatment of cross-ties and telephone poles) to replace the water. The reason the company doesn't employ the use of a kiln is the turnover time. Another interesting aspect of the company is the development of the cross beams for coal mines. The cross beams are able to bow under the weight, due to how they are engineered and the use of yellow poplar (soft timber).
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