RS Technologies Inc. will open a new manufacturing facility in Houston to make composite utility structure products such as poles, cross arms and structures for electricity transmission and distribution.
The company said its polyurethane composites offer better resilience against storm and fire damage than traditional wood, steel and concrete products. RS already manufactures its PowerOn poles in Tilbury, Ontario, and its headquarters site in St. George, Utah.
“The enormous challenges impacting the electric utility industry require rapidly scalable solutions,” said CEO George Kirby in a news release. “Our expansion is fuelled by immense global demand for resilient infrastructure while also supporting utility companies locally, such as CenterPoint Energy, to enhance its resilient electric transmission and distribution network that delivers safe and reliable power to the communities it serves.”
The new facility will employ up to 350 in its manufacturing operations, and at least 50 more to design, engineer and make the products. It is expected to open early in 2024.