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Road to Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Brooke Barone on Nov 7, 2012 3:09:00 PM

DIS-TRAN Wood Products has kicked it into overdrive as storm restoration orders began pouring in due to Super Storm, Hurricane Sandy, that left 8 million people cold and in the dark in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.

Customers began calling in orders on October 26, three days before the hurricane hit, and are still being placed today, more than a week after Sandy pummeled the East Coast. Customers directly impacted include First Energy, Consolidated Edison, Pennsylvania Power & Light, as well as many other utilities in the surrounding area.

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We are running 24/7 and are assisting in any manner possible to help them restore power to their customers quickly. Employees in both of our production facilities, Pineville, LA and Vancouver, WA, have been working extended shifts, seven days a week to make sure we drill, bundle, treat and ship products where they are most needed.  In many cases, we are delivering cross arms to those utilities within 24 hours of order placement.

Having two production facilities gives us the flexibility we need in order to expedite cross arms as quickly as possible.  Also, our relationship with our key suppliers such as Columbia Vista Corporation has enabled us to secure the critical raw material needed in this effort. 

The devastation of Hurricane Sandy has impacted millions, making the need for product equal to that which was produced for Hurricane Katrina in 2006.  DIS-TRAN is no stranger to hurricanes and the demands that they create. We understand the Utility companies need to restore power fast, so we are here to help in any way we can. 

Let’s all also remember the valiant job that those Utility linemen are doing every day as they are the boots on the ground (or in the air in their case) in conditions that we cannot even imagine.   

To all of those who have been impacted, do not be discouraged by setbacks...they make you stronger.

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DIS-TRAN Wood Products; A Proven Commodity

Posted by Brooke Barone on Sep 21, 2012 2:39:00 PM

 describe the imageWith shorter lead times than our competitors, DIS-TRAN Wood Products, LLC has been   providing distribution crossarms, ground molding and wood transmission arm assemblies that  include arms, braces and hardware to the utility industry for over 45 years.

With two separate locations in Pineville, LA and Vancouver, WA, DIS-TRAN Wood is available to customers from coast to coast for quick lead times, as well as an even quicker response for storm restoration.

Through Columbia Vista Corporation, DIS-TRAN Wood plant facilities in Pineville and Vancouver have both been Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, COC# SW-COdescribe the imageC-00244, and have made a commitment to the environment to improving forest management.  We are also the only certified environmentally friendly “green” wood products supplier.

Wood is a regenerative source, and the longevity and reliability ensures a consistently reputable product for the utility industry.

Benefits of having two locations:

  • More opportunities to efficiently serve the entire country
  • Allows redundancy if there are issues such as weather or fire in one geographical location
  • With two avenues to get to job sites, allows for an enhance volume of materials during times of crisis.
  • Not so dependent on one workforce or single location
  • Enables flexibility
  • Expand or retract, even if the weather event is in the gulf or Pacific northwest, ability to serve customers that are not affected

Benefits of using wood:

  • Renewable resource
  • Shorter lead times
  • Proven commodity; has been around since before the turn of the century
  • Forgiving product; can shape, nail and drill into it, and can modify as needed in the field with little difficulty
  • Cost-competitive
  • Easy to install
  • Capable to be processed with alternate technology that allow it to be more environmentally friendly
  • Easy to transport and cost-effective to unload and store

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