In the aftermath of Hurricane Rita we lost 500 utility poles. Our crews were working night and day to restore power, but in the end we couldn't do it if we didn't have the poles. It was a weekend, but the minute we let the TEC pole plant know what we needed, the trucks started rolling. You just can't get service like that anywhere else. In only one week we had the lights back on for the vast majority of our members. TEC has always been there to supply poles for our system work, but it's great to know they're behind you when you need them the most.

Doug Turk

General Manager
Deep East Texas EC

TEC Alliance Partner

Pole Manufacturing Plant
TEC's manufacturing facility produces more than 120,000 premium utility poles annually

Pole Manufacturing Plant

Established in 1946, TEC's Pole Manufacturing Plant is headquartered in Jasper County, deep in the East Texas Piney Woods. From towering tree to final treated pole, one principle is constant at our pole plant: quality assurance. Poles are shipped by the hundreds and thousands, but each pole carries the individual mark of first-rate craftsmanship.

Each tree works its way through the plant to become a utility pole in a process that typically takes one to two weeks.

Procurement: TEC's professional foresters select the right trees, visually inspecting for straightness, height, knots, scars and any other defects or diseases to assure that only the highest-quality stock is chosen. Contractors harvest and haul the trees to the pole plant in Jasper.

Peeling: Once at the pole plant, a tree goes through the peeler, where its bark is removed. The pole is then cut to length and judged for quality. Afterward, it is "gained and framed," meaning a flat place is cut near the top for a crosspiece, and the pole is drilled with holes for subsequent hardware attachment.

Treating: A three-step process ensures poles with the highest standards of preservation for long-term service. First, a pole is conditioned with steam inside a pressurized cylinder to disinfect it and enlarge the wood cells; water is then removed with a vacuum. Next, the pole is put into another pressurized cylinder, where its wood cells are deeply penetrated with preserving creosote or CCA. Finally, independent inspectors examine and approve the treated pole.

Distribution: Poles enter TEC's distribution system, where they are inventoried and stored in our warehouse network for quick and efficient delivery.