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DIS-TRAN SUPPORTS UTILITY STORM RESPONSE

Posted by Melissa Hines on Jul 27, 2016 2:19:02 PM

When a major storm hits, the first priority is to get the power back on. After Hurricane Sandy blasted the Northeast, millions of people faced flooded homes and widespread power failures. In 2011, the median amount of damage caused by an Atlantic hurricane was $1.8 billion. When it comes to mediating storm damage, time is money.

During hurricane season, response time is vital for utilities faced with the worst Mother Nature has to offer. No one wants to be without power any longer than necessary, and in the case of emergency response services, it can be a matter of life and death.

In recent years, utility companies have become experts at responding to major storms and hurricanes by marshaling resources to quickly restore service. A successful storm response is the result of coordinated efforts with local governments to develop storm readiness plans. In the rush to mitigate storm damage and significantly reduce the length of power outages, the parts supplier is an important partner in the process that is often overlooked.

DIS-TRAN Overhead Solutions knows how crucial it is for utilities to be able to recover quickly after a storm. After all, the public safety infrastructure is built on the premise that power and communications will always be there. That’s why DIS-TRAN maintains a sizable raw materials inventory of wood and composite crossarms at our Vancouver, WA and Pineville, LA locations. DIS-TRAN can treat and ship materials to order within 24 hours, with onsite wood treating and manufacturing capabilities. Vertical integration allows the company to have total control over its manufacturing and treating processes, which ensures quick turn around and on-time delivery.

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After more than a half century in the business, there's no storm that can faze us. Our employees know the part they play in the storm recovery process and are more than willing to put in the necessary time to ensure blazing fast delivery of quality products. With a location in the hurricane-prone Gulf Coast region, the DIS-TRAN team has had to deal with storm impact on the business and on their personal lives and property all while maintaining production and shipping. The DIS-TRAN team is available 24/7 and monitors severe weather events to anticipate the need for emergency response. Our dual locations allow us to ship from whichever location is most appropriate and available to ensure deliveries are made.

At DIS-TRAN, we do more than make crossarms. We enable the safety and livelihood of millions of people whenever a storm strikes. Our desire is to take care of our customers so you can take care of your customers. You can't stop a hurricane or a tropical storm, but you can prepare for them. Partner with the one utility supplier who fully understands the need for exceptional customer service, and has decades of experience in mitigating storm damage. Take a look inside our facilities in our storm response video and make sure to visit our website for helpful resources and information on our full product line.

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Tags: crossarms, storm response, wood crossarm, fiberglass, hurricane season, storm restoration, composite, composite crossarm

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!

Happy New Year!

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

Distinguishing the DIS-TRAN Difference

Posted by Brooke Barone on Sep 14, 2012 12:25:00 PM

Aerial view of Crest Industries, LLC including DIS-TRAN Steel, DIS-TRAN Wood Products, DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations, BETA. It’s funny how things change. When we’re young and impressionable, we want to blend right in with the rest of our camouflaged peers. But once we survive high school and stretch our arms out, we realize blending in is not all that it’s cracked up to be. We want to be different.

Being different is the quality of not being the same as another, it’s being distinct. So, maybe DIS-TRAN Steel is not the largest company per say, but we pride ourselves on doing the very best at what we do, distinguishing the DIS-TRAN Difference…Experience.

Experience is key in building trustworthy, reliable relationships. We all can agree that if we go out to eat and the server is not attentive, rude or gets the order wrong, we’re unlikely to return again or recommend the restaurant to a friend.

The distinction between DIS-TRAN Steel and others is: quality, high-performance products, proposals and customer service designed for your needs; responsiveness, prompt attention to all of your project needs, storm restoration, single point of contact and critical lead times; flexibility, to meet your needs with timely production schedules, change in structure or tight lead times and creativity, professional assistance, solution finding and more productive providers for your individual projects.

In the business for over 45 years, DIS-TRAN Steel has worked closely with an array of companies around the country in the utility industry, honing our skills to create a memorable experience that keeps our customers confident to hire us again and again.

So what all does this mean for you?

On Time, On Budget, Solid Integrity, Superior Quality

  • ON TIME Being timely, no matter what the industry, is vital. And living in the fast-paced world that we do today, we want instant gratification. The capacity in our shop allows us to efficiently fabricate large projects and also expedite schedules on small and medium size projects when lead times are critical. Expedited delivery dates are available on those projects where in-service date is more important than cost. DIS-TRAN has provided steel projects where the delivery window seemed impossible to make, but with hard-working and dedicated employees, we are able to produce lead times to seemingly impossible delivery dates.
  • ON BUDGET If you have ever done business with DIS-TRAN, then you know we aren’t always the lowest bidder. But you also know that the outstanding quality of our products makes every penny well worth it. Think about when you’re purchasing something that you know you’ll only wear a few times out of the year. You’re not likely to spend the extra dollars to ensure that is it sustainable and durable. But when you’re looking for something you can wear all-year-round, you don’t mind spending more because you know it’s an investment. Ah, the magic word.
  • SOLID INTEGRITY Now you know we would be lying if we said we never make mistakes, but the difference is that we take immediate and aggressive actions to find a solution, no questions asked. Having integrity allows us not to be too proud to admit when we mess up. And honesty builds trust, allowing relationships to grow. When DIS-TRAN designs your project, you can count on it being to the exact specifications you have requested, with no alterations that aren’t approved by the customer. DIS-TRAN promises date specific schedules and delivers no less. When we say it will be there, you can count on us to have your steel as promised.
  • SUPERIOR QUALITY Every project stamped with DIS-TRAN’s approval is at or above industry standards. We don’t just build things to build things; we take pride in every project we complete. Getting it right the first time is our policy, and to ensure that, we have internal quality insurance inspectors who examine the project at each different stage, all the way until the finished product. This added value is just one of the reasons our customers return. When they rely on DIS-TRAN to execute a project, they know that the experience and quality can’t be beat.

Every company vouches their number one priority is customer service, but as DIS-TRAN Steel’s President, Donnie Roberts, says, “We walk the walk, not just talk the talk.”

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Tags: utility industry, DIS-TRAN Steel, storm restoration, quality, flexibility, relationships

DIS-TRAN Steel's Quick Response for Storm Restoration

Posted by Brooke Barone on Sep 10, 2012 10:00:00 AM

Hub photoWhen August graces us with her presence, we cringe,and I’m not just referring to the scorching heat waves, but a particular season that Louisianans have come to know all too well, Hurricane Season.

Hurricane Katrina left a lasting impression that will forever be remembered, and after hearing that another hurricane was headed our way, it brought back the chilling memories.

Thankfully, unlike Katrina, Hurricane Isaac started off as a category one and then dropped to a tropical storm. But even as a tropical storm, winds reached 80 mph, causing fallen trees and downed power lines, as well as flooding.

After Hurricane Isaac lingered over the coast at an agonizing 8 mph, thousands of residents were left in the dark without power. Being an everyday commodity, we kind of forget what life would be like without electricity, until Mother Nature reminds us. I mean, think about all the avid hunters and fisherman across Louisiana with pounds of frozen meat or fish in their freezers, or think about no air conditioning. It’s not like you can open a window and catch a cool breeze around here.

Just as quick as meteorologists discovered Hurricane Isaac and started following this tropical storm, so did DIS-TRAN. We know that when bad weather comes our way, we need to be prepared to stop, drop and roll in case one of our customers needs us for storm restoration.

One of DIS-TRAN’s valued customers, Entergy, who serves majority of the population in New Orleans and surrounding areas, had a big job on their shoulders when Isaac turned its’ path and headed straight for Louisiana. But they were prepared, and DIS-TRAN was ready to back them up every step of the way.

At 1:12 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, just days after Isaac made landfall, Entergy contacted us to push out substation materials ASAP. Despite having a full backlog until the beginning of next year, flexibility to “stop, drop and roll” to help our customers in times of need, allowed DIS-TRAN to manufacture, galvanize and deliver Entergy’s order within 24 hours to their site in Bridge City, La; roughly three and a half hours away.

Although there were obstacles along the way, like Interstate 10 being closed due to flooding and traffic, we understood the severity of the situation and our loyalty to keep our word. It wasn’t easy, but we would do it all over again for any of our customers.

You know the saying, “You can tell who your true friends are in times of need,”? Well, this was our chance to prove that DIS-TRAN can be depended on in times of need.

For more on what to do during a storm event, click here to download a Free Storm Recovery Plan: During Storm Checklist.

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