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A ‘pressure cooker’ of a job

William Sherburne, a treating operator at the AmeriTies West tie plant in The Dalles, works next to one of five cylinders at the plant that are used to pressure-treat railroad ties. Sherburne, who also serves in the Oregon National Guard, has worked at AmeriTies for about two years.

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William Sherburne, a treating operator at the AmeriTies West tie plant in The Dalles, works next to one of five cylinders at the plant that are used to pressure-treat railroad ties. Sherburne, who also serves in the Oregon National Guard, has worked at AmeriTies for about two years.



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Tall stacks of treated ties fill the sky at the AmeriTies plant, while a rack of untreated ties on their way to get a creosote bath sits in the foreground. The business is scheduled to produce about 1 million ties in 2016.

The company’s slogan says: “Safety is our guide; quality is our pride...

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