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Storm Response:Take a Look Inside DIS-TRAN Wood's Facility

Posted by Brooke Barone on Jul 11, 2013 2:17:00 PM
With hurricane season approaching, see how DIS-TRAN Wood Products gears up for storm response. 

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DIS-TRAN Wood Joins Efforts in Oklahoma Disaster Relief

Posted by Brooke Barone on May 22, 2013 11:40:00 AM

Hearing about the tragic events that have happened to residents in Oklahoma this week really hits home for many here down in the south. Although we deal more with hurricanes, we have felt that wrath of Mother Nature.

But whether hurricanes, tornados or earthquakes, it’s our duty as fellow Americans to support and show our love to those who need it most in times like this. There’s nothing like feeling the outreach from millions across the nation-strangers at that-who are donating their time, money and thoughts because they care. Although it doesn’t change what happened, it helps us get through each disaster.

Gaining the title of the “deadliest tornado to hit the United States in two years,” residents in Moore and Oklahoma City area experienced winds reaching 200 miles per hour, which left a trail of destruction 17 miles long and 1.3 miles wide.

It’s times like this when heroes are born. Search and Rescue Teams, police officers, teachers, residents and even students were put to the test and have powered through without the blink of an eye. It’s astonishing to witness such courage and conviction.

It’s hard when something like this happens in a different region because you want to do all you can to help. And although it might be small in the grand scheme of things, DIS-TRAN Wood Products is joining countless others in showing support of the relief efforts by making care packages for the lineman who have been working around the clock to restore power in the devastated areas.

Oklahoma relief efforts

The care packages included Gatorade, water, gum, various snacks and also something a little more personal; a note of encouragement.

                  Hoping our small efforts are helping and encouraging you to do

                      your GREAT EFFORT!


                     It’s times like these when we know someone else is putting forth

                      the time to help restore that makes us proud to be Americans.


care packages

Going back to one of my favorite theories, the Pebble in a Pond-ripple effect; although the pond is wide and deep, after that one small pebble is thrown in, that pond will forever be changed. 

Tags: DIS-TRAN Wood Products, Oklahoma tornado, care package, Oklahoma disaster relief

Want To Be Amazing At The Louisiana Dragon Boat Races? Here's How

Posted by Brooke Barone on May 9, 2013 1:07:00 PM

Ok, so if you’re a newbie like me at this whole Dragon Boat Race thing, then the morning after you rowed, all the body parts the helmsmen told you shouldn’t be sore, are. So, obviously, I wasn't doing something quite right.

The 2013 Louisiana Dragon Boat Races, which raises money for the Alexandria Museum of Art, is being held this Saturday, May 11, beginning at 8 a.m. With 47 teams, it’s going to be a competitive yet exciting experience.

This year, DIS-TRAN Steel and DIS-TRAN Wood Products has two boats; Steel Dragons One and Steel Dragons Two. Our sister companies are also competing. Beta Engineering, or known as the Beta Badgers, will be out there, as well as the High Voltage Dragons, who consist of DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations, Crest Natural Resources, Mid-State Supply and Crest Industries. We have several tents lined up on the left side, so stop by and learn more about our companies and job openings (See, I look out for you HR).

I understand the concept, and know what you’re supposed to do, but after my experience last night at practice, it’s a lot easier said than done. The most important thing to remember though is to keep a steady pace and to be in sync.

Steel Dragons

Every paddler has their flaws, but the strokes need to be short, otherwise you’re doing negative work. If the power is smooth, it allows for a more aerobic action and will be less stressful on the back and shoulders.

So how does one turn into a professional Dragon Boat Slayer within 24 hours? Well, if I said it’s easy, I’d be lying, but if you keep these techniques in mind, then you’ll know that you did everything possible to help your team reach the finish line (whether you come in first or dead last).

1. The Catch

  • The paddle should enter the water gently. As chaotic as it might get with water and paddles flying up, don’t give up on the rotation during the catch and remember to save your power for the pull. Make sure that the paddle is almost vertical when the power starts.

2. Rotation

  • The rotation is the most important source of power. You should extend your hips and spine forward as much as you can while rotating. Your outside shoulder should be traveling straight forward and straight back. Your outside arm needs to extend out with your first hand finishing in the water. Crank powerfully, and finish facing slightly outward.

3. Leg Drive

  • The power starts with your outside leg. You need to drive your hips, knees and upper body back, bending into the next rotation. If possible, the outside knee should be driven back. Using your top hand, the power needs to come late in the stroke, and the top arm should be bent but rigid. The shoulder does the work. Lifting up at a 45 degree angle, quickly shoot the blade forward and finish with a quick and clean exit.

We all have a little (some have a lot) of a competitive nature in us, but the most important thing to remember is that it is a TEAM effort.


Every year, someone is chosen as the Best Dressed Drummer. To support our team and vote for Shea Rax, Steel Dragons One, and Katie Nowlin, Steel Dragons Two- click here.

Shea Rax            Katie Nowlin

Photos by Callie Lohman, CHLPhotography. 

To watch the 2011 USA Dragon Boat team in action for more pointers, check out this video.

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Tags: DIS-TRAN Steel, DIS-TRAN Wood Products, Beta Engineering, Alexandria Museum of Art, DIS-TRAN Pachaged Substation, Crest Industries, Crest Natural Resources, Mid-State Supply, Louisiana Dragon Boat Races

Road to Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Brooke Barone on Nov 7, 2012 2:09:00 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 1:39:00 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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