ANAHEIM, CALIF. - CollinsCraft Composites Group Inc. expects to triple its 1994 production of knitted fiberglass fabric, mainly as a wrap-around solution for decaying wood power distribution and transmission poles. ``We shipped 80,000 pounds in 1993 and 450,000 pounds in 1994, and we anticipate more than 1.7 million pounds this year,'' Ken Collins, chief execu-tive officer, said. ``We use an 18-ounce-per-yard material that is comparable to a 24-ounce woven fiberglass product.''
PoleCare, a division of Chemical Specialities Inc. in Charlotte, N.C., has used CollinsCraft's knitted fiberglass fabric and Georgia-Pacific Corp.'s phenolic resin to wrap utility poles for Southern California Edison Co. Crews wrapped 1,400 Edison poles in 1993, another 200 in 1994 and will complete another 4,000 this year. In addition, more than 800 poles were wrapped in Texas this year for Gulf States Utility, a unit of Entergy Corp.
``The average cost is about $800-$1,000 per pole for the repair process,'' said David Eggleston, western regional manager in Sebastopol, Calif.
Replacement of a pole aver-ages $3,000 but can cost as much as $10,000 because of environmental, regulatory and safety issues related to interrupting power. With wrapping, no tree need be felled as a replacement.
CollinsCraft makes specialty fiberglass fabrics in Walhalla, S.C.