Reinforced composite transmission and distribution poles

Duratel's strong and cost-effective utility poles provide quicker recovery from storms.

Chicago, June 30, 2010—As utilities around the country look to improve their emergency preparedness programs, many are turning to composites and Duratel for assistance. Duratel is an innovative manufacturer of reinforced composite transmission and distribution poles, street lighting structures and composite crossarms—which offer significant advantages over traditional materials like wood, steel and concrete.

Duratel poles are stronger, lighter, more durable and cost effective than other similar products, can be produced in a shorter time-frame, contribute to greater grid reliability, stability and security, and during storm restoration can greatly expedite recovery efforts.

"Utilities face significant challenges following major weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms and fires," said Don Williams, managing director of Duratel. "In order to safely and quickly restore power to residential and commercial customers following these events, more and more utilities are utilizing composite solutions, including Duratel products."

Composite poles can be installed with less equipment and manpower than other products and have proven to significantly speed up recovery from severe weather and natural disasters. Surveys among utility linesmen who have worked with Duratel poles have shown that it takes approximately half the time to install composite poles compared to competing materials.

In addition, Duratel poles are produced with a uniform diameter and strength, eliminating the need for multiple class poles to be kept in inventory. One Duratel pole can be used for a variety of applications, saving time and reducing the need to stock and search through inventory for a particular pole class.

"In the event of a natural disaster, there is no doubt that time is money when it comes to recovery. Duratel keeps a stockpile of poles in stock for fast deployment. Our pultrusion process allows us to quickly produce poles in any length, which can be shipped and delivered in greater quantities than wood or steel," Williams said.

Beyond all the benefits for Duratel's composite poles following a storm, there are significant benefits to install the product before a natural disaster strikes. Duratel's superior strength-to-weight ratio and resiliency to ice and wind helps harden a utility's system and makes the grid more reliable.

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