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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…

06-04-2021

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…

06-02-2021

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:…

05-05-2021

Keeping Your Aluminum Poles Blemish-Free

What should you do if you find stains and scratches on your aluminum pole? Let’s break down the common causes and their solutions. The Causes Many elements can cause stains on an aluminum pole, including natural debris (like dirt and…

05-03-2021

Considering LED Lights? Inspect Your Poles First

There are many benefits to LED lights, like longer service life and greater efficiency. (Want to learn more? Read our post on the environmental benefits of LEDs.) But before you make the decision to retrofit your lighting, you should understand…

03-22-2021

What You Should Know about the Shipping Process

Light poles are large, awkward objects to ship. And some carriers don’t move poles very often. These truths can lead to damage and complications. Luckily, the team at General Structures, Inc. has perfected the process of packing, shipping and coordinating…

03-17-2021

How to Avoid Mismatched Color Finishes

When pulling together a lighting job, making sure your customers are getting fixtures and poles that look like they are meant to go together might just keep you up at night. Color matching in the lighting industry is no small…

02-17-2021

Achieving Perfection: How We Prevent Welding Defects

To some, perfection is hitting all green lights on your way to work or finding the grocery cart without the squeaky wheel. But to the team at General Structures, Inc., perfection means making sure our customers get the quality lighting…

01-21-2021

Finding the Best Street Light Poles for Your Project

Which Material Works Best? Aluminum is naturally more corrosion-resistant than steel. Thus, aluminum poles have the potential to wear better over time, costing less to maintain. However, aluminum isn’t the strongest material, which means those poles aren’t ideal for projects…

01-11-2021

5 Common Light Pole Problems (and Their Solutions)

1. Uh oh, the bolt circle on the base plate of my new light pole doesn’t match the pattern of the existing anchor bolts in the concrete. That’s typically caused by:• Replacing poles on older properties, as base plate designs…

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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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