IntegriCo Composites Inc.'s proprietary equipment and processing experience can keep plastic waste out of landfills, said President and CEO Gershon Yaniv.
Yaniv co-founded IntegriCo in 2005. The Temple, Texas, firm uses a polyethylene-based formulation with some PVC and mineral components, said Ryan Nielson, vice president of railroad operations.
The material primarily is non-commodity, post-industrial waste, the firm said.
IntegriCo is making railroad crossties and grade crossings. The company began manufacturing in 2007.
IntegriCo stamps a pattern into three sides of a tie to increase ballast retention and lateral track stability. No pre-drilling is needed before the tie is spiked. Some of the ties have been in service for more than two years.
Several licensees of IntegriCo's processing technology make plastic products such as pallets, wheels, guardrail spacer blocks and furniture components.
The company said its technology has been tested by numerous third-party institutions.
IntegriCo uses an oak core in the tie, Nielson said. The design capitalizes on the reinforced composite to both protect the wood and provide a consistent tie-plate surface with what the company said is excellent abrasion resistance.
Alex Rankin joined IntegriCo as chairman of its board of advisers in December.
IntegriCo employs 32 at its 50,000-square-foot facility and expects to increase that figure to 76 during 2009.