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Rural Electric Cooperative Installs FRP Utility Pole

22 October 2010

Bedford Rural Electric Cooperative (REC) has installed a 40 Class 4 Powertrusion FRP pole and deadend cross arm at camp site 188, Shawnee State Park.

Creative Pultrusions manufactured both the pole and arm at its Alum Bank, Pennsylvania facility.

FRP utility poles and cross arms are lightweight, offering a quick installation in any environment. This installation, set up by Troy Mock with REC and Dustin Troutman with Creative, took approximately four hours. We want to get FRP poles and cross arms in front of all electric cooperatives, and starting local is the best place, stated DustinTroutman. Bedford REC saw first hand just how easy the installation, of FRP utility products, is so they can communicate that with the other cooperatives.

Not only do these seem to be great products, but they are very aesthetically pleasing, said Brooks Shoemaker, Bedford RECs General Manager. Our linemen were pleasantly surprised at the poles weight, less than half of a wood pole. They were also impressed with how quickly the hardware and cross arm could be attached to the pole. The cross arm installation, in particular, was a big time-saver.

The FRP pole and cross arm were used to replace a wooden pole and cross arm that were installed in the 1950s.