SMDI to Conduct Lineman Workshop at Lake Sumter Community College

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 1, 2011 – The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) will conduct a Steel Distribution Pole Lineman Training Workshop on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Lake Sumter Community College in Sumterville, Florida. The workshop will include classroom and hands-on demonstrations that cover the basics of handling, drilling, installing and climbing steel distribution poles. The training will be conducted by veteran lineman and safety consultant Gary McDonald.

This is the first Lineman Workshop that SMDI has held in Florida. To see a preview of the Lineman Workshops, click here.

More than 600 electric utility companies in the U.S. use steel poles in their distribution systems. Steel poles are fabricated with uniform dimensions from ASTM tolerance materials, providing superior strength, consistent performance and enhanced reliability. They also have the flexibility to be designed as direct wood pole replacements and can be engineered to meet any specific loading criteria.

For more information on the SMDI steel pole workshops, contact Dan Snyder at

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), grows and maintains the use of steel through strategies that promote cost-effective solutions in the automotive, construction and container markets, as well as for new growth opportunities in emerging steel markets.  For more news or information, visit

The steel utility distribution pole program is conducted under the Construction Market Council of the Steel Market Development Institute. The investor companies of the Construction Market Council include:

• AK Steel Corporation
• ArcelorMittal Dofasco
• ArcelorMittal USA LLC
• Nucor Corporation
• SSAB Americas
• Steelscape, Inc.
• ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC
• United States Steel Corporation
• USS-POSCO Industries

Debbie Bennett
Manager, SMDI and Construction Communications
Steel Market Development Institute
Tel: 202.452.7179