2021 Field Trip Registration Will Open in 2021

2021 Field Trip/Spring Conference

Will take place in and around

Florence, SC June 7-10



2020 Preliminary Schedule

Monday 10 August

SMP Meeting at the hotel
Welcome reception at the hotel

Tuesday 11 August

Edwards Lumber in Marshfield, NC & Peachland, NC
CM Tucker Lumber, Pageland, SC

Wednesday 12 August

CM Tucker Lumber, Pageland, SC
Edwards Lumber in Laurinburg, SC

Thursday 13 August

Florence area within 30 miles including the Koppers, Florence facility 

2019 Filed Trip Recap:

Monday, June 3

5:00 pm SMP Meeting at the hotel
5:30 pm Welcome reception at the hotel Sponsored by Railworks

Tuesday, June 4

6:00 am   Breakfast at hotel
6:30 am   Depart for Hope and North Little Rock Bus sponsored by Koppers
7:45 am   Tour Amerities in Hope
11:00 am Tour Nevada Railroad Materials in North Little Rock
12:15 pm Lunch in North Little Rock, Sponsored by Nevada Railroad Materials
1:30 pm   Drive to & Tour Koppers plant in North Little Rock
3:00 pm   Drive to Texarkana 

Evening reception at the hotel sponsored by Brewco

Exciting news! The Hardwood Manufacturers Association Regional Field trip will join us for the reception. Join over 50 additional sawmillers in the first-ever combined event!

Wednesday, June 5
6:00 am    Breakfast at hotel
6:30 am    Depart for Camden, Arkansas Bus sponsored by Cahaba Pressure Treated Forest Products
8:15 am    Tour Douthit Lumber in Camden
10:00 am  Drive to and tour Gross & Janes in Camden
11:30 am  Drive to Rison -  Lunch on the bus Sponsored by Gross & Janes
12:30 pm  Tour Wilson Lumber Company
1:45 pm    Drive to Sparkman
2:45 pm    Tour Brazeale Lumber Company in Sparkman
4:00 pm    Drive to hotel
6:00 pm    RTA Attendees are invited to join the HMA reception and dinner (included, but you must RSVP)

Thursday, June 6

6:00 am    Breakfast at hotel 
6:45 am    Drive to Linden, Texas Bus sponsored by Appalachian Timber Services
7:30 am    Tour Ward Timber Sawmill in Linden
9:00 am    Drive to Carthage, Texas
10:00 am  Tour Gross & Janes in Carthage
10:45 am  Drive to Noble, Louisiana
Noon Lunch at Stella-Jones Pole Treating Plant Sponsored by Stella-Jones
12:45 pm  
Tour Stella-Jones plant 
2:00 pm    Bus transportation to Shreveport and Texarkana Airports for flights 
3:30 pm    Arrive Shreveport
5:00 pm    Arrive Texarkana



We would like to thank our very generous sponsors of the 2019 RTA Field Trip

Receptions: Brewco and RailWorks
Bus: Appalachian Timber, Cahaba, and Stella-Jones
Lunches: Gross & Janes, Nevada Rail, and Stella-Jones
Bus Snacks and Drinks: Stella-Jones
General Sponsorship: MiTek, Nisus, Pandrol, Wheeler Lumber


2019 Field Trip Recap

2018 Field Trip Recap

2017 Field Trip Recap

2016 Field Trip Recap

2015 Field Trip Recap

2014 Field Trip Recap

See the article in Railway Age
Click here to watch a video of some of the highlights of the trip

2013 Field Trip Recap

2012 Field Trip Recap

2011 Field Trip Recap

2010 Field Trip Recap

2009 Field Trip Recap

2008 Field Trip Recap