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Posted by Brooke Barone on Nov 6, 2013 10:47:00 AM



For over a year and a half, Stephen has been a Steel Detailer for DIS-TRAN Steel. He graduated from Tioga High School in 2005, and continued his education at Louisiana Tech University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. He then went on to receive his master’s in Business Administration in 2012.

 His Role

 Stephen’s main role is creating plate files from customer drawings using a software program called AutoCAD. He also modifies existing drawings to match DIS-TRAN detailing standards, and works towards improving work design by noting common problems with drawings and detailing. 

 Favorite Part About His Job

 “Seeing through the eyes of a customer by interpreting their drawings.” Each day is a new learning experience for him when dealing with customers and drawings, and since no situation is the same, he said it helps break the monitory, making his job more exciting.  

  His Hopes for the Future

 “Hopefully solar will pick up along with the new oil discoveries in the gulf and natural gas. Larger companies will be bringing more money to the table to hopefully update the power grid-booth structurally and electrically.” 

 Why He Stands Out

 “Stephen is very thorough when reviewing drawings, often catching small mistakes, and then will also research these mistakes to find the best solutions. He is up for any tasks that are assigned to him.” –Mike Kingston




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Why the Southeastern Electric Exchange Is So Tempting

Posted by Brooke Barone on Jun 25, 2013 2:57:00 PM

Get your sunscreen and hats out, it’s going to be a hot one this year!

The Southeastern Electric Exchange (SEE) will be held in Orlando, Fl June 26-28 at the Peabody Orlando. SEE is a non-profit, non-political trade association of investor-owned electric utility companies.

Southeastern Electric Exchange

So who goes?

Utility members, manufacturers, contractors, consultants, specialists and professionals from all over the southeast region.

So why should you go?

It’s a very well attended regional conference and exposition, and an excellent opportunity for vendors to network with engineering, operations and procurement contacts. There are over 90 exhibitors from reputable companies, such as Beta Engineering, DIS-TRAN, Burns & McDonnell, MasTec, Power Engineers and many more.

The show kicks off at 10 a.m. on June 26, and goes until 12:30 p.m. and then picks up again from 5-7:30 p.m. The following day, the show opens up at 11:30 a.m. and lasts until 1:30 p.m. There are several breakout sessions put on by industry experts about the latest issues and applications, as well as roundtable sessions, general sessions and breaks and banquet functions to allow for more networking and learning opportunities.

But SEE isn’t all work and no play. On June 25, attendees have the opportunity to play in the GE Golf Tournament on the beautiful Grand Cypress Golf Course in Orlando. There’s also plenty to do while you’re in town. SEE teamed up with the Orlando Convention Aid to provide discounts to certain restaurants, golf, attractions, nightlife, shopping and more.

Just to name a few area attractions, there is:

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5 Things To Do After NWPPA's E&O Conference in Portland

Posted by Brooke Barone on Apr 4, 2013 9:20:00 AM

Next week, Portland, Oregon is hosting one of the largest electric utility conference and trade shows in the Northwest: The Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) Engineering & Operations Conference and Trade Show.

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Thousands of attendees consisting of engineers, distributors, public power districts, co-ops and more will be there for continuing education, networking and exchanging of information. It’s a good opportunity to catch up on the current status of the market and to hear about planned projects and discuss new innovative products.

Quick Overview of Schedule:

With classes and courses, NWPPA offers up to 21 credit hours for those who want to learn more about the industry. Monday kicks off the conference with classes, roundtables and meetings. Exhibitors set up and get ready for opening at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by four “hot topic presentations” Wednesday. On Thursday, the conference opens again for exhibitors, along with the announcement of the NWPPA Safety Award winner at 4 p.m. Friday they will host a committee meeting for anyone who would like to get more involved in helping the future of E&O Conferences.  

What's the weather supposed to be like?

Well, if you’re like me and coming from a different state, you might be wondering what the weather will be like, or what you should pack.  It tends to rain a little more in Portland, but it’s usually a light drizzle followed by the sun in the afternoon. Here’s a 5-day forecast according to The Weather Channel:


With over 590,000 residents, Portland offers an array of things to do to keep up with the diverse group you’ll find there. So I’ve put together a list of 5 things to do while visiting this impressive city.

 1.   Forest Park

For the more adventurous, outdoorsy type, take a 10 minute cab ride to Forest Park, and I promise you won’t be dissatisfied. Offering over 70 miles of walking/hiking trails, Forest Park is a great way to get the day started, overlooking the Williamette River as you get your morning jog in.

 2.   Bridge Tour

Ok, so a bridge tour might not sound too exciting right off the bat, but with 8 bridges stretching across downtown, you’re sure to experience “one-of-a-kind” leisure. There’s walking tours you can take, or even biking tours, where you’ll get to cross the Steel Bridge, which is the only one of its type in the world, and the Hawthorne Bridge, the oldest operating lift bridge in the U.S., plus many more.  

3.   Pub Tour

With over 31 breweries in the city, there are plenty of pubs to choose from. But one of the most popular choices is the House Spirit. Join their “Tours and Tasting” and experience all their unique “wares and rummages.” Monday night, you can also catch the NCAA Men’s Championship game while toasting to one of their many brews.

4.   Lan Su Chinese Garden

Experience a little Chinese Zen in the middle of downtown at Lan Su Chines Garden. Their summer hours just opened in April from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Lan Su brings together 5 elements to relax and unwind: rocks, water, plants, architecture and literary inscriptions.

 5.  Kennedy School

Who knew school could be so fun? Dating back to the early 1900s, this historic elementary school has been turned into an eccentric hotel. Featuring a restaurant, multiple small bars, a movie theater, soaking pool and even a brewery, you’re sure to find something to do while you stay.

There's so much to do and see while visitng Portland, so make sure to check out Time Magazine's Portland: 10 Things to Do. 



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DIS-TRAN Celebrates National Pancake Day

Posted by Brooke Barone on Feb 5, 2013 12:23:00 PM

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In lieu of IHOPS’s National Pancake Day, DIS-TRAN Steel made over 100 delicious pancakes to serve their employees for breakfast today.

While IHOP’s free buttermilk short stacks can’t be beat, it's hard to make it over to the restaurant before work, so we decided to partake in this delicious day.  Okay, so maybe pancakes aren’t the healthiest breakfast choice, but they sure hit the spot!

It’s said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and whether you’re a breakfast goer or not, you can’t pass up free, mouthwatering pancakes, especially when they are paired with crispy sausage links (Thanks Guillory's Specialty Meats).

How do you choose since there are numerous recipes, flavors, shapes, sizes and even cinnamon roll pancakes?

Well, I'd give you my grandmother's secret recipe, but then, you know...

I've gathered a list of 10 recipes that sounded too good to be true. Skip the chicken and broccoli tonight, and try one of these scrumptious pancake recipes.

  1. The Best Silver Dollar Pancakes Ever
  2. Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes
  3. Cinnamon Roll Pancakes 
  4. Fruit Explosion Pancakes
  5. Hot Chocolate Pancakes
  6. Multigrain Pancakes
  7. Apple Puff Pancake Pie
  8. Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
  9. Good Old Fashioned Pancakes
  10. Gingerbread Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

If you try one of these recipes, or if you already have, please leave a comment below and give us your thoughts. Also, if you have any other pancakes recipes, please share!

Happy Pancake Day!

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DIS-TRAN's Top Utility Posts of 2012

Posted by Brooke Barone on Jan 4, 2013 9:50:00 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

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