Charlotte, N.C. — Viance has announced an agreement with A Meredith Schneider Company (AMS) and William C. Meredith Company (WCM), in which WCM and AMS will produce and distribute UltraPole NXT poles treated with DCOI to most US markets using Southern Yellow Pine poles.
Viance announced the introduction of UltraPole NXT in 2018. UltraPole NXT, Viance says, is treated with DCOI which is a rigorously tested, environmentally advanced preservation system that offers utilities an alternative to penta and other preservative systems currently in use.
WCM will commence the commercial production of UltraPole NXT in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The preservative in UltraPole NXT is designed to protect utility poles and cross arms from decay fungi and termites using the environmental award-winning, active ingredient, DCOI. The active ingredient in UltraPole NXT’s unique formulation is fully standardized as a wood preservative by the American Wood Protection Association. As part of the standardization process, Viance presented 28-year performance data supporting the long-term protection of wood. The data showed that DCOI offered equal or better protection than penta in the long-term, side by side field study.
“UltraPole NXT offers electric utilities a high performance, durable pole with minimal environmental impact,” said John Hussa, president of Viance. “UltraPole NXT poles are backed by a 50-year warranty against termites and decay and offer the industry’s only warranty for an oil-borne preservative.”
Scott Schneider, president of the Meredith companies, said, “As Penta is exiting the market, we approached finding a replacement preservative as perhaps the most important decision of our generation. After doing our research and learning about the benefits of DCOI, it was the obvious choice for our company. Many of our customers specify and choose to buy our product because the environmental and performance benefits attributable to the steam conditioning process that we have utilized for nearly 100 years. Combining our proven process with complementary benefits related to the UltraPole NXT DCOI preservative is going to be a winning formula for our company and will certainly be valued by our customer base.”