Deal with HD Supply Utilities Has Pole Maker Thinking Expansion

Pelco Structural LLC, a Claremore, Okla.-based manufacturer of utility poles, told the Tulsa World it may add 50 employees during the next 18 months as it ramps up its electrical transmission business.

Pelco President Phil Albert said the company signed a distribution deal with HD Supply Utilities, the largest supplier and distributor for electric utilities in the United States. "Electrical transmission poles really are the fastest-growing segment of our business," Albert said.

"Pelco executives had hoped to get a big boost this year from federal stimulus dollars, but those projects just haven't come through, he said. Instead, Pelco is turning its attention to electrical transmission, particularly connecting wind farms to larger grids."

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