TAMPA, FLA.-A new trade association, the Fiberglass Reinforced Composite Pole Association, will hold its first meeting Dec. 12 at Innisbrook Resort in Tampa. FRC Pole Association has five initial member companies: Shakespeare Co. of Newberry, S.C.; Sherman International Corp. of Birmingham, Ala.; PLP Composite Technologies Inc. of Fall River, Mass.; W.J. Whatley Inc. of Commerce City, Colo.; and FRE Composites Inc. of St.-Andre-Est, Quebec.
Lynn Derrick, vice president of sales and marketing at Shakespeare, said the industry can benefit from common marketing. As an example of the hunger for information about composite poles, he cited a global conference on the subject that drew 250 people from 18 countries to Newberry earlier this year.