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Fibreglass Pole used in School’s Fibre Optic Project

25 September 2009

In order to demonstrate the safety features of fibreglass, Creative Pultrusions donated a fibreglass pole for use in conjunction with a school’s fibre optic installation.

According to the company, their are several benefits of using this technology. They say the pultruded pole offers a “green solution” for the replacement of treated wood poles and unlike treated wood poles, the pultruded poles will not leach any chemicals in to the watershed.

Creative Pultrusions say that school children will be able to touch and play around the pole without the possibility of coming into contact with creosote or Pentachlorophenol (PCP) that is commonly utilized to preserve wooden poles.

The poles weigh a third of the weight of a typical wood pole and are installed the same as a wood pole. They are considered non-conductive and create an added level of safety in the event of an insulator Short; manufacturers say the pole cannot become “energized” due to the inherent dielectric strength of the resin and glass reinforcements utilized to manufacture the pole.

Joe Kimmel, Superintendent of the Chestnut Ridge School District (CRSD) states, “The CRSD is trying to be as eco-friendly as possible to our environment. We are making changes where possible and the pole project donation by Creative Pultrusions is just another example of that. It is safe for our students, a ‘green’ initiative, and it further expands the relationships with school and community business' - It is a win - win situation with all parties involved. We thank Creative Pultrusions for their donation and commitment to our school and the safety of our students.""

Creative Pultrusion’s markets the poles to utilities throughout the world and promotes the poles for environments in which wood will not work due to woodpecker, termites or close proximity to waterways and watersheds.

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