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10-07-2021

3 Steps to Touching Up Your Light Poles

Good news: your General Structures, Inc. poles are protected by a standard three-year finish warranty — with the option to extend this to five or ten years. This means you can count on us to back the finish of our…

10-06-2021

Inspecting Your Light Pole Shipment is Critical

So, your General Structures, Inc. light pole order has arrived. Great! Here are a few important steps to follow during and immediately following receipt of your shipment. Inspect Your Poles Before you sign off on that delivery, it’s important to…

09-29-2021

Installing Your New Light Poles

So, you’ve placed an order for new light poles. First step, done! Now, it’s time to plan the installation. Whether you’re working with embedded or anchored poles, keep in mind that the soil will vary for each project site. So,…

09-23-2021

Why Composite Poles Are a Better Option in Storm Zones

Each year, storms in the U.S. cause $18-33 billion in damage. A significant amount of that cost is allocated to repairing or replacing fallen wooden utility poles. When light poles fall, they can cause power outages, damage vehicles and buildings,…

09-22-2021

What Hardware is Included with Your Poles?

So, you’ve ordered your new light poles – hooray! To help you plan for the assembly and installation, here’s a breakdown of the hardware that comes with the poles. Small Pieces Pole Caps. All side-mounted poles (those with mounting provisions…

09-16-2021

How Culture is Transforming Manufacturing

Gallup reports that overall, 36% of employed Americans(1) are engaged by their work, while only 25% of manufacturing workers are engaged.(2) That makes manufacturing the least engaged job classification in the U.S. And with that lack of focus and interest…

09-14-2021

Explaining UL-Listed Light Poles

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent research organization that uses exacting scientific processes to help companies create safer, more sustainable products that comply with city regulations. UL’s services include testing, inspection and certification, training and risk management. If you see…

08-09-2021

How the Steel Market is Impacting Light Pole Orders

What’s Happening in the Steel Market? When COVID-19 caused America to shut down in early 2020, the demand for steel products decreased. Then, from March to August of 2020, demand remained relatively stable. As local markets across the U.S. have…

06-07-2021

Enhancing Aesthetics with Base Covers

Considering steel light poles for your next project? They’re a great option when you need a sturdy pole that can support fixtures, banners, brackets, and other accessories. But their ugly anchor bolts can interfere with your pole’s aesthetic. Luckily, base…

06-02-2021

The Choice Between Powder Coat and Anodized Finish Have You Spinning?

Recently, a partner asked if we would apply an anodized finish to aluminum light poles that will be installed in Hawaii. We responded that, while anodized coatings offer some protection, we believe powder coat finishes are far superior. Here’s why:…

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General Structures, Inc. has been the best partner for C&I lighting standards since 1988. We adhere to standards set forth by AASHTO, ASTM International, and NEMA and weld all of our products to the highest American Welding Society standards.

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