Chicago—An unrelenting wave of extreme heat and severe thunderstorms continues to cause major problems for grid operators and their customers in the East and Midwest. Millions of customers remain without power as emergency crews struggle with the lengthy restoration process. No doubt, when it passes many will be looking for ways to improve their Emergency Preparedness Programs and many already have turned to 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.
"Utilities face significant challenges following major weather events such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, and fires," said Ted Fotos of Duratel. "In order to safely and quickly restore power to residential and commercial customers following these events, more and more utilities are utilizing Duratel products." 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.
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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