AboutDustin Troutman

    Dustin is the Director of Marketing and Product Development 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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    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

    May 17, 2022

    Pultrusion: Helping Protect the Environment

    Earth currently has around three trillion trees. This may seem like a lot until you consider that this is half as many as existed before human civilization arose. As we said in a recent blog on climate change, no one and nothing...

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    Topics: FRP Composites, utility

    May 10, 2022

    Climate Change, the Electric Grid and Fiber Reinforced Polymer

    Climate change is negatively affecting everyone and everything, including infrastructure. Even without climate-related problems, the United States’ infrastructure is in sorry shape. The Council on Foreign Relations has explained...

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    Topics: FRP Composites, utility poles, utility

    Apr 13, 2022

    ‘Penta’ Loses Registration, FRP a Strong Wood Alternative

    Wood treatment facilities using pentachlorophenol – commonly referred to as “penta” – have until February 2027 to use penta on their products, while penta manufacturers must cease penta production by February 2024.

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    Topics: FRP Composites, utility poles, utility

    Jan 28, 2022

    Can the AEC Industry Find Labor to Meet Funding Boom?

    The newly passed H.R. 3684, known as the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA), allocates an unprecedented $1.2 trillion between 2022 and 2026 to revitalize America’s infrastructure. This is outstanding news for the...

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    Topics: FRP Composites, infrastructure bill

    Sep 24, 2021

    Beat The Heat With FRP Utility Poles And Fire Sleeves

    CNBC recently reported that grid operators in the Western U.S. are struggling to keep operations running smoothly in the face of wildfires and drought. On August 31, 2021, the U.S. Drought Monitor recorded moderate to severe...

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    Topics: FRP, utilities, utility poles, fire sleeve

    Jul 29, 2021

    Resiliency: Where FRP Composites Contribute Greatly

    Unscathed FRP utility pole after a hurricane

    Resiliency is one of the most used words these days. This is due to many reasons, including recognition that we need longer-lasting infrastructure and the extreme weather pushing...

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    Topics: FRP Composites, FRP, Resiliency

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