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DIS-TRAN Steel Cuts Metal, Not Corners

Posted by DIS-TRAN Steel on Jul 1, 2016 4:00:07 PM

America the GREAT

In celebration of the upcoming July 4th festivities, we thought it appropriate to share why we think it is so important to support and sustain our GREAT Country. HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA...

Manufacturing companies must often make decisions between cutting corners and doing the right thing when it comes to their customers, country, and the environment. As an industry built around a finite resource, the steel industry relies on sustainability efforts and companies that put the environment first in their decision-making. Through smart recycling programs, and companies taking advantage of the environmental benefit of domestic-made products, the steel industry will continue to prosper for generations to come. DIS-TRAN Steel is proud to be a leading champion of sustainability efforts for the steel industry. As a U.S.-based steel manufacturing company, DIS-TRAN Steel can provide domestic-only material to their customers.

As the earth’s renewable resources diminish, manufacturers, consumers, and the power industry as a whole are grappling with how to continue growing while using a finite resource. Recycling is a clear solution, and steel scrap recycling efforts are strong across the globe. 60% less energy, according to some estimates, is used when recycling scrap steel than manufacturing the metal from scratch. Further, recycling preserves a finite resource since steel can be recycled and reused indefinitely. Recycling not only benefits steel consumers and manufacturers, it also benefits the environment. Recycling may cut greenhouse gas emissions by 300-500 million tons (according to the Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries), and uses 40% less water (according to the Canadian National Institute of Health, 2012). DIS-TRAN Steel is proud to put recycling at the front of our efforts, and over 95% of the raw materials for our steel structures is generated from recycled domestic scrap metal.

Manufacturing done RIGHT

The 1983 Buy America Act supports the purchase of American-made products, which stimulates our economy, and also has a positive environmental impact by reducing the necessary travel required to ship materials. The Act applies to mass-transit-related procurements, and it establishes a preference for domestically produced materials for projects supported by federal funds. DIS-TRAN Steel, as an American-born and –bred company, can supply products that comply with the Buy America Act. Customers can request Buy America for federally-funded projects, Department of Transportation projects, and end-user requirements. DIS-TRAN Steel and the Buy America Act are ensuring an environmentally friendly future for the steel industry.

Manufacturing and the environment are often seen as enemies, but with strong recycling efforts and a focus on minimizing the distance products must travel, we can preserve our resources for the future. Whether you’re working on a federally-funded project, a Department of Transportation Project, or your end-user requires it, the Buy America Act allows you to put U.S.-built products at the top of your consideration list. DIS-TRAN Steel can easily satisfy the Buy America Act requirements to bring home-spun products to your U.S. project. Follow DIS-TRAN Steel on Facebook and LinkedInto stay informed about all the ways our company is protecting the U.S. environment for current and future generations.

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DIS-TRAN Overhead Solutions: A 50 Year Supplier of Wood Utility Products

Posted by Melissa Hines on Apr 1, 2015 4:52:00 PM

DIS-TRAN Overhead Solutions, LLC has been providing distribution crossarms to utilities for 50 years. Today, we design, manufacture and treat a complete line of Douglas Fir and Southern Yellow Pine distribution crossarms, end plated crossarms, ground wire molding and wood transmission arms and assemblies. We're celebrating 50 years in the business by reflecting on some of our major milestones. 

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In July 2006, we began production in our newest location in Vancouver, WA. With two separate facilities located in Pineville, LA and Vancouver, WA, we are available to customers from coast to coast for quick lead times and amazing response to storm restoration. These two locations enables flexibility and allows us more opportunities to effeciently serve the entire country.

Through Columbia Vista Corporation, DIS-TRAN Overhead Solutions, LLC plant facilities in Pineville, LA and Vancouver, WA have both been Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, COC #SW-COC-00244. We have made a commitment to the environment and to promoting the improvement of forest management. We are also the only certified environmentally friendly "green" wood products supplier.

We added transmission products to our scope of work in October 2011. These transmission products include x-braces, vee and knee braces and tension braces along with the necessary hardware.

50 Years in the Making
With the addition of a full time engineer on staff, we can provide you with detailed drawings of structures and assemblies along with accompanying material lists to aid in planning and construction. Our engineer is also available to answer any questions related to our products. 

Is there any additional products you would like to see DIS-TRAN Overhead Solutions, LLC carry? Please let us know. We are always looking to pursue new opportunites especially if it will help fulfill the needs of our customers.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn to stay up-to-date with the latest happenings.

 
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Tags: wood distribution crossarms, transmission structures, manufacturing, wood transmission structures, Engineering

5 Useful Steps for Hand Safety

Posted by Brooke Barone on Feb 25, 2013 3:03:00 PM

Culture is a powerful thing. It affects the way we think, operate, our instincts and reactions.

The culture inside a manufacturing facility tends to be a little more “macho,” rather than say the culture inside a daycare center. But in both of these scenarios, safety is the number one priority.

It’s not human nature to put something over our hands, especially when we are using them to work. Culture might have taught us this slows the production process down or creates a distraction. But hand injuries could have serious effects down the road.

Let’s say someone on the production line gets a cut or abrasion from not wearing proper protection while working. This could further lead to stitches, infections, soreness or other medical treatments. So now, they might be on light duty, can’t work as fast or even out of work for a while. This could have an indirect and direct cost.

Indirect cost- Work slower, have to hire someone else in the meantime

Direct cost- Doctor bill, Worker’s Compensation

Although hand safety seems like a minor issue when you’re looking at the entire scope of safety in manufacturing, hand injuries can easily be prevented if the proper steps are taken.

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Listed are five steps to help ensure that the proper protection is provided.

Step 1: Organize a Continuous Improvement Process (CIP) and look back at the hand injuries that occurred over the past five years and conduct a route-cause analysis of each injury to determine how it could have been prevented if proper gloves were worn. 

Step 2: Have an external consultant come in and conduct a Hand Safety Analysis to analyze the different operations, job functions and practices, and then recommend what types of gloves and/or hand protection are needed.  

Step 3: Order different samples of gloves based off of the Hand Safety Analysis.

Step 4: For one month, track each pair of gloves. Make sure to track what area of operations they’re being used in, the employee wearing them, how long they lasted and if there were any malfunctions.

Step 5: After each sample has been evaluated, determine which glove works best for your particular process or operation.

By providing the proper protection to your employees and requiring them to wear it, not only ensures their safety, but it boosts the moral of the entire facility- thus helping change the culture. Analyzing the process and taking the proper steps proves for a more efficient and productive atmosphere.

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