US Congressman Alex Mooney Tours Appalachian Timber Services on February 17
Agrees to Support 45G Tax Credit
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
by: By Lindsey Collins

Section: 2016 NRC Grassroots Events

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Sutton, W.Va. – On February 17, U.S. Congressman Alex Mooney (R-WV-02) joined National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) member – Appalachian Timber Services (ATS) – for a tour of their facility in Sutton, W.Va.
Attendees included:
Mr. Rick Gibson, Vice President Sales/Marketing at ATS
Mr. Roy Henderson, Vice President Operation, ATS
Mr. Andy Andreykovich, National Sales Manager, ATS
Ms. Doris Pederson, CFO, ATS
Mr. Terry Samples, Production/Quality MGR, ATS
Mr. Don Leary, Procurement Manager, ATS
Mr. Brian Mackey, Procurement, ATS
Ms. Laura McNichol, AVP of Specialty Marketing, R.J. Corman Railroad Group 
Mr. Willie Shaver, Train Master, A&O Railroad
Mr. Matt Rees, General Manager, A&O Railroad
Mr. Mike Joffred, Regional Manager, Vossloh Track Material
Mr. Frank Cogar, Owner, Braxton Enterprises
Mr. Rodney Hickman, Owner, Hickman Electric
Mr. Jason Boosel, Sales Manager, Atlantic Track
Mr. George Skidmore, County Commissioner, Braxton County
Mr. Jonathon Carpenter, Project Manager, Thrasher Engineering
Mr. Bruce Fitzwater, Calhoun Banks,
Ms. Meredith Jones, Communications Director for Rep. Alex Mooney
Mr. Fred Joseph, District Director for Rep. Alex Mooney
Ms. Lindsey Collins, VP of Grassroots Advocacy at NRC
Rick Gibson gave an overview of ATS and their current operations. Since 1972, ATS has produced high quality treated and manufactured timber products for the railroad industry. ATS is located in the heart of West Virginia’s prime hardwood timber-growing region and served by local sawmills. ATS treats and manufactures products for the railroads, transit agencies, railroad contractors and heavy industry. They mainly serve the Appalachian Corridor region from Eastern Canada to South Carolina, and Indiana to the East Coast.
Rick led a tour of the 22,000 square foot facility. He showed the congressman and guests the nail plater, sorter, incisor, treating system, and boiler as well as manufacturing in process. ATS employs 47 people.
“Thanks to Appalachian Timber Services for an informative tour of their facility,” said Congressman Mooney. “Rail transportation is a huge part of the lifeblood of not only the 2nd district, but of West Virginia, the Appalachian Corridor, and the country as a whole. The great work being done by ATS helps ensure that this industry, and our local and national economies continue to thrive.”

Rick discussed the importance of the 45G tax credit to the success of ATS. "I appreciate [ATS] pointing out some tax credits that have been important to the industry here in Braxton County," said the congressman. "They have the opportunity here to expand and grow more, and the federal government can help with that." 
Congressman Mooney was elected in November 2014 to represent West Virginia’s 2nd congressional district. In Congress, Alex fights to protect West Virginia values and make sure West Virginia continues to be a great place to raise a family. Alex believes that West Virginia is poised to be a leader in defending and promoting the all-American values of hard work, faith, and freedom that have made our country great. Alex serves on the influential House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on the Budget.
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