Boatright Companies

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Boatright Companies is a group of five companies involved in railroad operations owned by Shane Boatright and based in Inverness. Boatright started his company right out of college by offering vegetation control to railroads. In 2007 Boatright purchased the St Mary's Railroad in Georgia, fulfilling one of Boatright's lifelong dreams.

In June 2008, Boatright purchased Montevallo-based Seaman Timber, a manufacturer of railroad crossties. Boatright had been a customer of Seaman Timber for 10 years.

In April 2009 the company announced plans to build a $25 million crosstie plant in Carbon Hill, adding to the former Seaman Timber plant in Wilton. That September, it announced it would be replacing the Wilton plant with a new $40 million plant in Clanton. The 400,000 square-foot plant on 100 acres in Chilton County Industrial Park is slated to open in 2013.

Boatright supports the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera by providing crossties and also donates to the Brierfield Volunteer Fire Department.


  • Boatright Railroad Products (manufacturer of crossties)
  • Service Industrial Rail Car (railcar repairs)
  • Boatright Safety Solutions (safety supplies)
  • Boatright Vegetation Management (railway plant control)
  • St Mary's Railroad (a short line railroad in Georgia)


  • Cooper, Lauren B. (June 20, 2008) "Boatright Enterprises buys Montevallo's Seaman Timber." Birmingham Business Journal
  • Tomberlin, Michael (April 12, 2009) "Inverness-based Boatright to make railroad crossties in Carbon Hill, Alabama." The Birmingham News
  • Tomberlin, Michael (September 4, 2009) "Birmingham, Alabama's Boatright Cos. plans crosstie plant in Clanton." The Birmingham News
  • Tomberlin, Michael (June 17, 2012) "Chilton County crosstie plant picks up steam." The Birmingham News

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