Highland Composites announces Intelli-Pole® acquisition, expansion to meet growing demand
Composite material poles provide innovative, modular solutions to Utilities customers
(STATESVILLE, NC - October 23, 2015) – Highland Composites, the composite structures division of Highland Industries, Inc. has announced its acquisition of the INTELLI-POLE® product line from Utility Composites Solutions International, Inc. of Dayton, OH.
The acquisition expands Highland Composites’ existing role as a strategic partner in the manufacture of INTELLI-POLE® branded products. The company will fully integrate the INTELLI-POLE® business line including all technologies, production equipment, and key talent into its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Statesville, NC.
The INTELLI-POLE® product was designed with direct input from utilities to fulfill their needs for a better pole solution. INTELLI-POLE® offers the industry’s only slip-fit joint and short section design, making it safer and easier for linemen to install. The pole’s modular design is ideal for tough-access back lots and difficult terrain, providing rapid, lower-cost installation at cost savings of 30%-50% compared to conventional pole materials or single section composite poles.
Superior materials and construction allows the INTELLI-POLE® to last more than twice the life of conventional pole materials. The pole will not rot, decay or corrode, and is impervious to insects and wildlife. INTELLI-POLE® durability and longevity enables additional cost savings to be realized over the life cycle. With a wind rating of over 180 mph, the Intelli-Pole® will strengthen any distribution line and minimize storm damage due to pole failures or pole cascading, leading to increased grid reliability.
“We are excited by this opportunity to propel the composites pole business forward,” said David New, Vice President at Highland Composites. “We look forward to growing this business both domestically and globally, and welcome all Intelli-Pole® customers to come and visit us in Statesville, NC at their earliest convenience.”
David New - Vice President, Highland Composites