Composite transmission and distribution pole solutions

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Chicago, Ill., October 28, 2010—When it comes to composite transmission and distribution pole solutions, utilities are faced with a number of intriguing choices and options. Are modular poles easier to carry to remote sites than one-piece poles? Do slip-joint poles offer a better value on transportation costs? Is the overall size of the installed footprint critical to the design and installation? Which type of pole offers the best strength and value over its lifespan? These and other questions are necessary to consider when choosing a composite utility product.

Duratel has received overwhelming feedback from its investor-owned, municipal and cooperative utility clients stating that a one-piece, uniform length and diameter pole is preferred over tapered, modular designs. Despite the modest benefits multiple-piece structures offer, linesmen and engineers assert that onsite assembly of these poles is both costly and time consuming. Modular composites also require additional equipment and training for correct and consistent assembly. In markets where Duratel regularly competes with this style of composite utility pole, utilities have also stated that there are often difficulties with attaching industry hardware. When given the choice between composites, Duratel offers the smartest, strongest and easiest to install product currently on the market.

Duratel is a manufacturer of composite utility pole products for utility transmission and distribution, lighting, marine, renewable, cellular and wireless applications. Duratel poles are significantly lighter, stronger, more durable and cost-effective than traditional poles. Duratel products require no maintenance, do not leach toxic chemicals and can be safely recycled at the end of their lifespan. Duratel composites reduce waste, prevent deforestation and pose a safe, clean, sustainable solution for the utility industry.

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