July 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

    June 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

    June 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

    April 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

    April 09, 2020

    Storm Hardening

    The United States has experienced a number of large storms within the last ten years, ranging from ice and snow to hurricanes, storm surges, and strong winds. After each storm, there has been an increased focus on the response....

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    Topics: utilities, utility poles, utility, storm hardening

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