Companies form strategic alliance for FRP transmission poles

Sept. 18, 2002 — Newmark International, Inc. and Strongwell Corporation announce the formation of a strategic alliance for the manufacturing, engineering and sales of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) transmission poles.

Birmingham, Alabama and Bristol, Virginia, September 18, 2002 — Newmark International, Inc. and Strongwell Corporation announce the formation of a strategic alliance for the manufacturing, engineering and sales of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) transmission poles.

Strongwell’s patented SE 28 FRP poles are produced by a process involving pultruded panels with reinforcing ribs. These panels are cut into interlocking sections that fit together to make tapered FRP transmission poles in lengths up to eighty feet to satisfy Class 1 pole requirements.

Newmark International, Inc., headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, will work with Strongwell in the future design and testing of Strongwell’s tapered FRP transmission pole. Newmark will also be responsible for the promotion, marketing, sales, and the installation and applications-related engineering of Strongwell’s transmission poles.

Newmark International, Inc., is a manufacturer and marketer of concrete, steel, and FRP poles to electrical and telephone utilities throughout North America. Newmark owns and operates nine pole manufacturing plants at various locations in the United States. Additional information on Newmark can be found on the Newmark website at www.newmark.com.

Strongwell Corporation of Bristol, Virginia is a manufacturer of pultruded FRP products and the largest producer of precast polymer concrete products in North America. The company has five manufacturing facilities in the United States. Strongwell manufactures the Class 1 SE 28 FRP transmission poles in its Bristol, Virginia manufacturing plant. Additional information on Strongwell can be found on the Strongwell website at www.strongwell.com.

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