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Utility PoleThere are approximately 185 million utility poles in North America. Approximately two million to four million are replaced annually.

AISI is working with steel pole manufacturers to grow this market. In 1997, steel distribution poles were not widely used among electric utilities. Today, more than 600 electric utility companies in the U.S. are using steel poles, with some converting their entire distribution system to steel.

Why do these companies prefer steel? Steel distribution poles are strong and durable. They are impervious to insects and rot, and are 100 percent recyclable at the end of their long service lives. Unlike traditional wooden poles, steel poles do not need toxic chemical preservative treatments and do not create future hazardous waste disposal concerns.

Steel distribution poles are fabricated with uniform dimensions from ASTM tolerance materials, providing superior strength, consistent performance, and enhanced reliability. Steel poles also have the flexibility to be designed as direct wood pole replacements, or can be engineered to meet any specific loading criteria. To prevent corrosion, steel distribution poles can be galvanized or manufactured with weathering steel. They are light in weight and easy to install, require less maintenance, and offer lower overall life cycle cost.

Steel utility poles were recently covered in the September 2010 issue of Electricity TodayClick here to read the article!

Also, click on the images below for PDF versions of the Electricity Today article and the recent T&D World case study article!



 Electricity Today
"Looking for New Distribution Pole Solutions" 

 T&D World
"Lining Up With Steel:
Tucson Electric Power evaluates the benefits of switching from wood to steel distribution poles."

Steel Utility Poles - Top Reasons to Use Them

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In The News

Steel Industry Names David C. Jeanes, P.E. as Recipient of Market Development Lifetime Achievement Award
05/04/2010- Boca Raton, FL – AISI’s Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) announced today that David C. Jeanes, P.E., president of the Steel Market Development Institute (retired), is the recipient of the 2010 Market Development Lifetime Achievement Award.
Steel Industry Announces Roger A. Laboube, Ph.D. as a Recipient of the 2010 Market Development Industry Leadership Award
05/04/2010- Boca Raton, FL – AISI’s Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) announced today that Roger A. LaBoube, Ph.D., distinguished teaching professor, Department of Civil Engineering and director of the Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, is a recipient of the 2010 Market Development Industry Leadership Award.
AISI to Train Students on Installation, Maintenance of Steel Utility Poles for Storm Restoration Program
10/28/2009- WASHINGTON, D.C. – AISI’s Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) will conduct a Steel Distribution Pole Lineman Training Workshop on November 17-19, 2009 at the Southeast Lineman Training Center (SLTC) in Trenton, Georgia.




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