SMDI to Provide Steel Pole High Voltage Training Session for Linemen on November 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 6, 2012 – The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) will conduct a steel pole high voltage training session at Oklahoma State University in Okmulgee, Oklahoma on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 for lineman from surrounding electric utility companies, students and instructors.  

The training session will be conducted by veteran lineman and safety consultant Gary McDonald, who has trained more than 2,500 student linemen, apprentices and journeymen, as well as 139 instructors, at 44 different training facilities and technical schools across the United States; and Danny Lonergan, distribution product manager at Valmont Industries, Inc. The session will consist of a two-hour classroom session followed by hands-on training in the yard.

More than 600 electric utility companies in the U.S. use steel poles in their distribution systems. For more information on the SMDI steel utility pole workshops, contact Dan Snyder at or visit (Construction>Utility Poles section).

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 SMDI. The investor companies of the Construction Market Council include:
• AK Steel Corporation
• ArcelorMittal Dofasco
• ArcelorMittal USA LLC
• Evraz Inc. NA
• Gerdau Long Steel North America
• Nucor Corporation
• Severstal North America, Inc.
• 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