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Shakespeare Begins Shipping Tuff-Hinge Composite Poles

10 September 2007

Shakespeare Composite Structures has begun shipping its new Tuff-Hinge Composite poles, designed for easy servicing of luminaires without lifts or trucks.

The Tuff-Hinge poles lay a Tuff-Pole on the ground when you need to re-lamp or perform other service, and raise it when the work is done, all without lifts or trucks. A four-foot Direct Burial portion of the pole is embedded into the ground, leaving Shakespeare Composite Structures innovative hinged base at ground level. Made of 356-T6 aluminum and bonded to the pole's two sections, the hinge uses a stainless steel hinge pin. The top portion is an ""O"" series composite Tuff-Pole, one of the company's most popular styles for strength and good looks. The lightweight composite pole simply tilts over, all the way to the ground, for relamping or other luminaire service.

The product of the newest technologies in fibreglass and resin systems, along with advanced manufacturing process controls, all Tuff-Poles are engineered with new resin mixes and fibreglass configurations and automated process controls to tighten manufacturing tolerances and quality control. They employ advanced UV inhibitors and coatings that provide even longer lasting protection in extreme weather.

Shakespeare has also received RUS (Rural Utility Service, US Department of Agriculture) acceptance of its Lewtex composite crossarms. The RUS acceptance is the first ever listing of a composite crossarm. The Lewtex design is a standard 3½” x 4½” profile that matches existing hardware and brackets. The arm is manufactured hollow, then filled with high-density, closed-cell foam that prevents the entry or migration of moisture through the arm. The crossarms can be field drilled without the need for inserts or other auxiliary materials.

Now a division of GenlyteThomas Group, Shakespeare Composite Structures has since the 1950's pioneered the use of fibreglass reinforced composites in lighting and utility poles.