Preferred Plastics Is Now Producing Rail Boots | Preferred Plastics

Preferred Plastics Is Now Producing Rail Boots

The current emphasis on using American-made products in infrastructure renewal has presented compelling opportunities for U.S. companies to expand transportation-related services. At Preferred Plastics, we’re continually improving our material supply chain and extrusion processes to keep up with these developments. We have the superior capabilities to produce rail boots and insulators manufactured in our Louisville, KY plant.

Benefits of Preferred Plastics Rail Boots & Insulators

Wherever railroad tracks are embedded into concrete, asphalt or other types of roadway pavement, rail boots protect these tracks and provide a smooth transition between rail and paved surfaces. Extruded from thermoplastic elastomers, we manufacture rail insulators that are:

  • Isolation of the rails from stray electric currents
  • Reduction of noise from traffic passing over the rails
  • Less movement of embedded rails
  • Less vibration from vehicles passing over rails
  • Reduced road maintenance costs
  • Extended roadway life

Although production of rail boots previously formed a small portion of our business, we have recognized the increasing need for an American company to supply these parts to the vast network of railways located east of the Mississippi. Preferred Plastics is ready to fill that need from our Louisville location, which is ideally situated to supply rail operations in the central and eastern U.S.

Custom Plastic Extrusion Capabilities

Preferred Plastics is an industry-leading custom plastics extruder offering turnkey extrusion and finishing services. Over the past 40 years, we have earned a global reputation for extruding high quality plastic parts to the most exacting specifications. Our innovative extruding processes are supported by superior customer service and a commitment to producing parts that meet the highest quality standards and are delivered on time and on budget. Contact us today!

We offer:

  • Profile extrusions – custom shapes and sizes to meet the requirements for a wide range of industries and applications
  • Tube extrusions – custom tube profiles for a wide range of industrial and consumer applications
  • Co-extrusions – using two or more resins to manufacture parts that meet exacting performance requirements
  • Crosshead extrusions – providing reinforcement for the part or encapsulation of metal pieces within the extrusion


Why Choose Preferred Plastics?

Preferred Plastics-Kentucky Division has received industry recognition for our expertise with the complex TPE profiles used for rail boot extrusions. Our 52,000-square-foot, ISO 9001:2015-certified facility houses eight extruders capable of holding the tight tolerances necessary in rail boot production. In addition, we have an in-house team of tooling engineers who can custom-fabricate dies and tooling for your track-specific applications.

Request Rail Boot Info

When you trust us with your rail boot project, you’ll be working with an American company committed to meeting the highest technical standards while staying on budget—and on time.

To discuss your project, inquire about pricing, or speak with a member of the Preferred Plastics team, call our Kentucky facility today: 502.935.3070. For your convenience, you can also reach us using our confidential online form. A Preferred Plastics representative will be in touch promptly to address your needs.

Plainwell, MI

800 E Bridge St
Plainwell, MI 49080

(269) 685-5873

Louisville, KY

8301 Cane Run Rd
Louisville, KY 40258

(502) 935-3070