T&B Buys Steel Pole Company

Thomas & Betts Corp. (T&B), Memphis, Tenn., bought the assets of Southern Monopole and Utilities Co., a subsidiary of the Qualico Steel Co. Inc., for $16 million in cash.

Southern Monopole manufactures steel poles used for electrical transmission and substations, lattice utility towers, cellular communications and lighting.

T&B expects the business to contribute about $20 million in sales in 2005 . Dominic J. Pileggi, T&B president and chief executive, said the

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