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Photo for signing of Entchem (S.Korean Distributor)

July 2017 –“ HiRAIL enters into an agreement with South Korean firm Entchem to represent HiRAIL Products in South Korea.  Entchem personnel include former national rail and construction companies. They are well connected, competent and we believe they will help us open the doors in South Korea – said HiRAIL President, Eric Schook.

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Successful installation of emergency access crossing panels for Waterloo LightRail – May, 2017

For the new Lightrail System in Waterloo, Canada, near Ontario, project engineers came to HiRAIL to provide crossing solutions for special challenges. The goals were to have special panels that:

  • Served as a good surface for emergency egress from trains or the station platform

  • Enabled the embedding of TWC (Train to Wayside Communication) Systems – This meant no metal parts could be used for reinforcing

  • Could be fit into the special narrow area of the Gauntlet Rail (Where 4 rails are in a small gauge area allowing for different types of rail vehicle traffic)

Only one company could support this application – HiRAIL.  Concrete could not be used due to the metal rebar reinforcements, or to fit in the area provided.

HiRAIL  was able to fulfill all application requirements and the customers are very satisfied!

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Rep. Blum tours HiRAIL Corp.

Written by  Mischa Wanek-Libman, editor

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Left to right, Sean Winkler, REMSA grassroots coordinator, Rep. Blum and Eric Schook, president of HiRAIL.

More than 20 Class 1 and shortline railroad representatives, local officials and other industry stakeholders joined HiRAIL Corporation Aug. 18 for a tour of its facility and discussion with Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA).

The Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) coordinated the event at HiRAIL's Lisbon, Iowa facility.

The tour was led by Eric Schook, president of HiRAIL, and highlighted the company's rubber grade-crossing systems, which are manufactured on site using recycled rubber from vehicle tires that otherwise would be destined for a landfill.

"We are honored to host Congressman Blum and demonstrate our commitment to environmentally-friendly products and manufacturing here in Iowa," said Schook. "Our business and local communities rely on consistent freight and transit investments and grade-crossing safety programs to grow our local economy and protect our families. It is critical we highlight these pressing issues to our policy makers in Washington."

Rep. Blum focused his remarks on encouraging economic development in Eastern Iowa, ensuring awareness and safety at rail-highway grade crossings and the need for a strong, efficient and safe freight rail system to connect Iowa's agriculture producers to the global market.

"A strong and efficient railroad is crucial for Iowa farmers and agricultural producers in getting their goods to market," said Rep. Blum. "I look forward to working with companies like HiRAIL to continue to create manufacturing jobs and promoting grade crossing safety here in Iowa."

The rail stakeholder group highlighted Rep. Blum's support for increased funding for the Section 130 Railway-Highway Crossing Program, as part of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The Section 130 funds are used for the elimination of hazards at railway-highway crossings on state roads, while Iowa's Highway-Railroad Grade Crossing Surface Repair Fund supports similar improvements on local roads. The group also discussed the recent bipartisan and bicameral introduction of the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act, which would make the Short Line Tax Credit permanent. This effort will allow the nation's small, local freight railroads to increase their reinvestments to upgrade and expand the "first and last mile" of their transportation infrastructure. The bill has garnered 180 bi-partisan cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rep. Blum.