Steel Utility Pole Coalition Offers Free Stay-at-Home Webinar Series on How to Build Better Distribution and Subtransmission Systems with Steel Poles

CENTENNIAL, CO, April 14, 2020 — With more than 600 electric utilities using steel distribution poles, utility professionals need the tools and knowledge to build stronger, cost-effective and reliable distribution and subtransmission systems using steel poles. To meet this need, the Steel Utility Pole Coalition (SUPC), in cooperation with the American Galvanizers Association (AGA), is hosting a 6-part webinar series to provide educational information and certificates of completion during the COVID-19 pandemic. A distinguished panel of industry experts has been assembled to conduct the sessions.

The weekly webinars are free of charge and will cover topics essential to the design, installation and maintenance of steel utility poles. They will be held from 11 a.m. to Noon EDT each week from April 16 – May 28, 2020. Each webinar provides 1 PDH from the American Galvanizers Association. The presenters will be available after the webinars to answer questions.

The topics include:

  • April 16: Steel Poles 101—Overview and Benefits of Steel Poles in Distribution and Subtransmission
    • Jeff Suda, Steel Utility Pole Coalition
    • Tony Boyd, Institute for Safety in Power Line Construction
  • April 23: We’re taking a break to attend NASCC: The Virtual Steel Conference
  • April 30: Steel Poles 102—Energized Linework and Safety
    • Tony Boyd, Institute for Safety in Power Line Construction
    • Jim Vaughn, Institute for Safety in Power Line Construction
  • May 7: Distribution Steel Pole Design and Engineering
    • Danny Lonergan, Valmont Utilities
  • May 14: Durability Solutions and Inspection of Steel Poles
    • Dr. Thomas Langill, American Galvanizers Association
    • Gino Sincovich & Taylor Lewis, Sherwin-Williams Protective Coatings
  • May 21: Steel Pole Case Studies—What has Worked for Other Users
    • Jeff Suda, Steel Utility Pole Coalition
  • May 28: Steel Pole Q&A with a Panel of Experts
    • Jeff Suda, Steel Utility Pole Coalition

To register for one, several or all of the webinars, visit

For additional information on the topics, read the abstracts at

The Steel Utility Pole Coalition is a coalition of industry groups, manufacturers and end-users whose goal is to promote steel poles for use in subtransmission (69kv and below) and distribution through education, research, and marketing. For more information, please visit


Jeff Suda
Steel Utility Pole Coalition