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Koppers is a world leader in the manufacturing of pressure-treated wood products used primarily for the railroad and electric/communications industries. Treated wood makes structures more durable and resistant to decay, thereby increasing safety, reducing replacement costs and preserving valuable forests. Koppers has been serving the railroad industry with treated wood railroad ties and railroad crossing panel products for over 20 years. In North America, we are the largest provider of railroad crossties for the Class I Railroads and are known for our pre-plated crossties. Utilities rely on our treated wood poles to support overhead electric lines.

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Koppers Railroad Structures became part of Koppers Railroad and Utilities Products and Services business in August 2014.

Formerly known as Osmose Railroad Services, Koppers Railroad Structures is one of the country’s largest bridge rehabilitation and inspection providers and is also one of the few companies that specialize in all three types of bridge structures – wood, steel and concrete.

The railroad industry is the backbone of the transportation system that serves the North American economies and the Koppers team is committed to ensuring the services we provide will have a positive impact on the growth and vitality of the industry for many years to come.

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Koppers is a leading supplier of pressure-treated wood poles for the electrical and telecommunications industries. Global customers include utility companies, electric power cooperative, municipal power systems, and electrical, foundation and marine contractors.

Our treating plant in Florence, South Carolina produce superior quality treated Southern Yellow Pine and Douglas Fir poles and piling.

Poles are continuously shipped by rail to an extensive network of distribution yards to ensure a robust, cost-effective inventory at all times, for all customers.

Our inventory management system allows us to closely monitor the supply chain from raw material to final delivery, and our vendor-managed inventory services can help minimize customers inventory-associated costs.