Canadian Manufacturing

Quebec firm building new railway tie facility near Atlanta

Stella-Jones CEO says facility will be located between two fastest growing markets in southeast U.S.


MONTREAL—Saint-Laurent, Que.-based railway tie and timber maker Stella-Jones says construction is underway on a new wood treating facility in Georgia.

The $11-million project is located in Cordele, Ga., approximately 225-kilometres south of Atlanta.

“The City of Cordele is strategically located between the two fastest growing markets in the south-eastern U.S., namely Florida and the Atlanta metropolitan area,” Stella-Jones president and CEO Brian McManus said in a statement.

According to Stella-Jones, the Cordele facility will be primarily devoted to the production of railway ties, with an ultimate annual capacity of two-million ties.

Initial wood trimming activities are expected to begin in early January 2013, while treating activities should begin near mid-year.

At start-up, the facility will provide work for an estimated 26 employees, and have in excess of 50 employees at full capacity.