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Hydro One Hardening its Grid with “Green” Composite Poles

17 December 2009

Resin Systems announces that Ontario-based electricity and transmission company, Hydro One, has selected RStandard composite poles.

Key features of the RStandard pole for Hydro One were the environmentally-friendly aspects, the non-conductivity and the flexibility of designing many different poles and structures using RS's modules.

Resin Systems claim RStandard poles are the most environmentally friendly poles currently available on the market. In contrast to wood poles, these composite poles do not require harmful chemical treatments, special pole disposal or soil remediation procedures.

Further to this, the non-conductive poles provide a safe alternative to traditional wood, steel and concrete poles.

""The fact that this tender called specifically for composite poles is a significant step for composite poles generally and for RS in particular. The selection of our poles for widespread use indicates the utility industry is moving beyond pilot- and niche-type installations of composite poles and towards broader use in the grid,"" said Paul Giannelia, President and Chief Executive Officer of RS.

""This is a significant validation of our poles’ lowest total cost of ownership value proposition. RS is pleased to be manufacturing these poles for Hydro One at our Tilbury, Ontario plant where over 100 jobs have been created during the past year. We believe this order provides the foundation for future plant expansion and significant new manufacturing job creation in the region.""

At three years in length, this order carries with it the longest term of any order for RStandard poles received from a utility to date.