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1/8/2004



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Pacific Wood Preserving Cos. to solicit West Coast customers for Thompson Industries' wood ties



On Jan. 7, the Pacific Wood Preserving Cos.™ announced it agreed to market Thompson Industries' creosote-treated wood ties in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Thompson Industries will produce the ties at its South Russellville, Ark., plant, and stock ties at Pacific's Silver Springs, Nev., and Sheridan, Ore., facilities.

"Timber prices on the East Coast, combined with some unique low-cost manufacturing advantages that Thompson Industries has, will allow us to compete more aggressively on the West Coast," said Pacific Vice President Ken Laughlin in a prepared statement, adding that the ties primarily will be marketed to railroads and railroad contractors.

Under an agreement, Thompson Industries will retain ownership of the ties and issue all invoices; Pacific will quote prices and provide customer service. The deal enables Pacific to continue producing and marketing ties from its Eloy, Ariz., plant.


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