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The North American Wood Pole Council is an independent council representing the producers and suppliers of wood poles and crossarms in North America. A primary focus of the council is to support and sustain the use of the products and to provide information to the designers, specifiers and users of the products.


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Laminated wood poles explored in Nov. 18 webinar

Laminated wood (glu-lam) poles have been in service in the electric utility industry for over 50 years, and yet, the manufacturing processes, design considerations, installation methods, and unique benefits of glu-lam are not widely known. The basic aspects of the manufacturing, design and installation of laminated wood electric utility poles will be the subject of a Nov. 18 webinar.

The 90-minute session, Laminated Wood Poles, will explore the design requirements, recommended pole orientation, analysis methods and basic foundation philosophies. The webinar is sponsored by NAWPC and EUCI.

Instructors for the session are Matthew Young, P.E., and Robert Reisdorff, P.E., of Laminated Wood Systems, Inc.

Download the registration form to sign up for the webinar or go online to register. Cost is $295 per attendee.


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Top 10 reasons why wood poles are the best choice

The many benefits of treated wood poles are highlighted in an updated paper, Ten Features Often Overlooked About the Extraordinary Wood Pole.

Compiled into two easy-to-read pages, the paper details why wood poles continue to be the choice for utilities throughout the country. Readers will learn about the proven performance of wood poles and crossarms, the outstanding physical properties and the treated wood industry's ability to provide thousands of replacement poles after natural disasters such as storms and hurricanes.

Click here to download the Ten Features paper.

Ten Features


Tech Bulletin details utility pole performance in wildfires

Tech Bulletin WUI

NAWPC has published a new Technical Bulletin reviewing research on the performance of wood and steel utility poles in wildland fire hazard areas.

The 12-page report details the temperatures and stresses utility poles can face during wildfires. Citing recent reseach, the report offers data on how wood poles and steel poles are affected by such conditions, noting while wood chars and provides some insulation against the effects of fire, steel begins to lose strength at 392 degrees F.

Click here to review the new Technical Bulletin. Find more technical information on wood poles in the Engineering and Design Information section.



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