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DIS-TRAN's Top Utility Posts of 2012

Posted by Brooke Barone on Jan 4, 2013 10:50:00 AM

As the new calendar year begins, it’s a good time to look back at all the accomplishments, as well as all the areas of improvement, to ensure that the next 365 days are just as good, if not better, than the previous.

One accomplishment from 2012 would have to be the continuous success of the DIS-TRAN Blog.

For me, the best part about writing each blog is that, as I’m sharing valuable information with others, I’m also learning too. And I couldn’t have done it without the participation and help from all of the employees here who have taught me so much.

So with that said, here’s a recap of some of the 2012 blog articles that seemed to make the biggest impact among our readers.

Top Posts by Page Views:

1. 10 Things You Ought to Know about TimberSIL Distribution Crossarms- Coming in at number one for 2012, this article generated the most interest and moved the conversation about this new “green” product.

2. The Secret to Building Morale by Maintaining Your Plant- This post shows a few simple steps that could change the entire perception of your fabricating facility!.

3. A Cheat Sheet for Electrical Substations- An inside look at how electricity is generated from substations into your home, and the main structures found inside a substation and their functions.

Top Human Interest Posts:

1. Road to Recovery After Hurricane Sandy- Super Storm Sandy left thousands of homes flooded and millions in the dark. Although DIS-TRAN wasn’t physically there, we worked around the clock to assist utilities to get power restored as quickly as possible. Our hearts go out to everyone who encountered Sandy’s devastation.

2. DIS-TRAN Goes Pink- This was an awesome experience and I’m really glad I got to do it with some great people!

3. DIS-TRAN’s Quick Response for Storm Restoration- Real time efforts made by DIS-TRAN and the dedicated employees who make this happen.

Top Informational Posts:

1. Design Practice for Flange Plates versus Slip Joint Connections- Great advice with a little help from our engineering department.

2. How to Use Lean Manufacturing to Increase Production- Lean Manufacturing might be an easy concept to understand, but implementing it takes hard work, persistence and teamwork.

3. Back to Basics in Transmission Structures- For anyone just starting off in this industry, substations and transmissions can get confusing. This article walks through transmission structures and their different configurations at an easy-to-learn pace.

Since September, just within a matter of a few months, our blog has taken off and I’d like to thank all of our subscribers and followers for reading and sharing our posts. If there’s anything you’d like us to write about, share or answer, please leave a comment below and we will do our best to help!

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Tags: substations, utilities, transmission, transmission structures, DIS-TRAN, TimberSIL, utility, distribution corssarms, storm restoration, flange plates, electrical substations, joint connections

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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