Registration is Open!

2021 Solutions Symposium

Will take place in and around

Florence, SC June 6-8

Hotel Reservations (Group Code RTF)


2021 Schedule

Sunday 6 June

Arrivals and exhibitor set-up
10:00 am-3:30 pm Golf Tournament at The Traces Golf Club
5:00 pm Welcome reception at the hotel
7:00 pm Dine on your own

Monday 7 June

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast with sponsors
9:00-10:15 am Opening keynote (Damon West)
10:15-10:45 am Break
10:45-Noon Track 1-Overcoming Adversity (Damon West)
                  Track 2-Identifying the scope of the problem: facilitated roundtable on issues with used ties (Ashley Goodin)
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-2:45 pm Track 1-What 2020 taught us (Ashley Goodin, Kevin Hicks, Josh Hicks)
                     Track 2-BioChar and Pyrolysis Panel from Perdue, UT-K and NC State
2:45-3:15 pm Break
3:15-5:00 pm Track 1-Health and safety fireside chat with EHS Support Services
                     Track 2-Piecing together the puzzle: fireside chat on solutions
6:00-8:00pm Reception

Tuesday 8 June

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast with sponsors
9:00-10:15 am Keynote Corporate Culture/Ethics (MeriBeth McNeil)
10:15-10:45 am Break
10:45-Noon Track 1-Evolution of the CFA Drive-Thru and Attracting, hiring, and retaining employees of all skill levels (MariBeth McNeil)
Track 2-Follow-up Plan Development for Tie Life Cycle and Determination
Noon-1:30 pm Lunch and last walk-through of exhibits
2p-5 pm-Local Plant/Facility Tours, Spouse Event and Exhibitor Breakdown


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