Composite poles offer reliability

Duratel’s composite poles offer strong, lightweight, durable solution.

Apr 27th, 2011

Chicago, April 27, 2011—Duratel, a manufacturer of composite utility pole products for utility transmission and distribution, will be showcasing some of their latest products at IEEE's 2011 ESMO Conference from May 16th - 19th in Providence, R.I. Duratel will be displaying some of its latest products that offer a stronger, lighter, more durable and cost effective solution than other similar products.

Compared to poles made of traditional materials, Duratel poles are stronger, lighter, more durable and cost effective than other similar projects. They can be produced in a shorter timeframe, contribute to greater grid reliability and can be installed quicker than competitive products. The Duratel poles are expected to last over 80 years and require virtually no maintenance over their lifespan. Numerous utilities have installed Duratel poles for lighting, distribution and transmission projects because of its significant advantages over alternative materials.

"Duratel saw the need for a composite solution to bridge the gap between distribution and transmission," said Ted Brian Lacoursiere, senior vice president of Sales & Engineering for Duratel. "From the very beginning our company has constantly sought out methods to improve the old ways of doing business in the utility sector and even today we are looking forward to what we need to do to be competitive in this ever-changing market-place."

Duratels latest 14-inch pultruded pole features a 0.75-inch wall thickness that provides utilities more options when designing projects for composites due to its durability and strength.

In addition, the new 14-inch profile covers a wide range of classifications from Class 1 through Class H6 poles. The other poles manufactured by Duratel currently in service include the 11-inch diameter with a 0.25-inch wall thickness covering up to Class 5 poles and the 12-inch diameter with a 0.5-inch wall thickness covering Class 2 through Class H4 poles.


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. Duratel products are engineered to endure extreme weather conditions and last longer than timber concrete and steel. Duratel's 11-inch pole weighs as little as 300 pounds, making them more cost effective than any alternative material to install and transport. A similar size wood pole weighs more than 1,000 pounds.

To complement its utility and lighting products, Duratel offers a complete line of utility and lighting hardware components and accessories. Duratel products accept all major industry hardware and actively work with utility companies, engineering firms and municipal governments to develop innovative solutions in this emerging field of composite sciences. Duratel offers standard and custom length fiberglass composite crossarms for a variety of uses including tangent, deadend, alley and H-frame structures as well as reinforced base options in either steel or concrete for use in tough terrain, sandy and marshy soil or to anchor where easements are an issue.

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