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    AboutDustin Troutman

    Dustin is the Chief Sales Officer for the Creative Composites Group. He earned his Civil Engineering degree in 1993 and spent the early part of his career in heavy construction. Dustin has been with Creative for 25 years and continues to be instrumental in the market investigation and development of major pultrusion products and product lines associated with civil/structural applications, holding four patents related to pultruded systems. He is a key player in the development of codes and standards in support of the FRP pultrusion industry.

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    Mar 28, 2024

    Why Public Projects are Turning to Fiber Reinforced Polymer

    From utilities to infrastructure, material choice is critical to shaping the project outcome and longevity. Public project engineers are increasingly choosing Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) instead of traditional materials. FRP’s...

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    Mar 14, 2024

    CCG Delivers Much More than a Product

    We hear it all the time. “They have a cheaper version.” They sure do. Here are three reasons why choosing CCG means buying much more than a product.

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    Sep 14, 2023

    Take A Hike—With FRP

    What activity is free burns 440 to 550 calories an hour and can reduce the risk of mental health problems by 50 percent? If this was a Jeopardy question and your response was hiking, you’d be correct. There are approximately 57.8...

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    Topics: FRP bridge deck, composite bridge, FRP Composites, frp bridge

    Aug 31, 2023

    Pultrusion and Creative: Going Strong for 50 Years

    They say time flies when you’re having fun. That must be why it’s so hard to believe that both pultruded Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) and Creative Composites Group (CCG) had their 50th birthday this year. The product and the...

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    Topics: FRP Composites, pultrusion

    May 12, 2023

    Ipe Wood is Out. What Are Some Hardwood Alternatives?

    Two of the most popular tropical hardwoods are now on the CITES Appendix II of the endangered species act. This is good news for Cumaru and Ipe trees, but it presents major pricing and availability challenges to the markets that...

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    Topics: FRP bridge deck, FRP Composites, utility

    Apr 6, 2023

    FRP: No Hazmat Suits or Masks Needed

    Speaking with line workers, I’ve heard concerns that Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) utility poles present more health hazards than wood poles. The presumption is that the fibrous glass dust produced when cutting a synthetic pole...

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    Topics: FRP Composites, utility

    Feb 23, 2023

    Animals Don’t Care About Infrastructure

    Animals in remote areas do more harm to wood poles than people realize, and they can do a lot of damage very fast. Woodpeckers bore holes in poles to get at the termites within, and bees can make homes in the holes left behind....

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    Topics: FRP Composites, utility

    Jul 21, 2022

    Are You Prepared for a Wood Utility Pole Shortage?

    Wood has been the most utilized material for utility poles for many decades. But wood has always been at the mercy of Mother Nature. Humans haven’t yet created an artificial process to create wood like we have for lab-grown...

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    Topics: FRP Composites, utility

    Jun 28, 2022

    StormStrong® Utility Poles a Strong Solution in Maine

    Any utility providing power to rural areas faces unique challenges. So too do utilities serving areas that experience regular, extreme weather events. One Maine utility had to address both.

    The utility faced several challenges:...

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    Topics: FRP Composites, utility

    Jun 10, 2022

    ESG Week: What the Peck? Protecting Infrastructure & Environment

    The average lifespan of a wood utility pole could be many years – but not when woodpeckers have anything to say about it.

    Woodpeckers present the single largest threat to the durability and longevity of wood utility poles in the...

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    Topics: FRP Composites, utility