Composite Poles Stand Up to Texas Tornado

RStandard(R) Poles Continue to Perform Where Other Poles Failed

CALGARY, Oct. 13 /CNW/ - Resin Systems Inc. ("RS") (RS - TSX), a technology innovator and manufacturer of advanced composite products for infrastructure markets, announces its RStandard(R) poles have withstood an important field test in Lajitas, Texas - a direct hit by a tornado. In spite of high winds and swirling debris, the RStandard poles demonstrated their worth and capability in hardening the Rio Grande Electric Cooperative, Inc. ("RGEC") grid. RGEC maintains over 9,400 miles of distribution line and 143 miles of transmission line in west Texas and southern New Mexico comprising an area over 27,000 square miles.

Dan Laws, general manager and chief executive officer for RGEC, stated, "A tornado touched down in Lajitas on October 7th. Several homes in the area had roofs ripped completely off. We had padmounted transformers and junction boxes swept completely off their pads! We lost eight 40 ft. Class 3 wooden poles on our brand new Study Butte-Lajitas 34.5kV 3Ø line. These were snapped off like toothpicks two feet above the ground. RGEC Operations reported that the RStandard composite poles that we installed in this area 'did not budge at all.' "

Even before the tornado struck, RGEC was already considering the purchase of additional RStandard poles for several projects because of their favorable previous experience installing RStandard poles. Obviously, the RGEC is now even more impressed with RStandard composite pole technology.

"If we could afford to replace all our poles tomorrow with the RStandard pole, we would do it given the increased strength, durability and reliability that we believe these poles would provide." stated Larry T. Powell, director of engineering for RGEC.

Paul Giannelia, president and chief executive officer of RS, stated, "The fact that our poles withstood this tornado proves our RStandard poles are the most reliable and robust pole technology on the market. Combining the strength of our poles with our industry-leading lifetime guarantee and 41-year warranty gives utilities like RGEC confidence they are providing a higher level of reliable electric service to their customers."

About Rio Grande Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Rio Grande Electric Cooperative, Inc., headquartered in Brackettville, TX, is a member-owned, non-profit electric cooperative, serving rural residents in eighteen counties in Texas, and two counties in New Mexico. With offices in Brackettville, Carrizo Springs, El Paso, Fort Stockton, Dell City, and Marfa, RGEC employs over 130 rural residents. RGEC has a strong history of community service and promotion of sustainable rural development throughout its 27,000 square mile service territory. RGEC also maintains the electrical distribution system for Ft. Bliss, El Paso, TX, the nation's largest Army Air Artillery Base. In addition, RGEC was just awarded the privatization contract for the electric distribution infrastructure at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas. For more information on Rio Grande Electric Cooperative, call 1-800-749-1509, or visit the web site at

About RS

RS is a technology innovator that develops advanced composite material products for infrastructure markets. The composite products manufactured using the Company's proprietary resins and processes are typically lighter, more durable and longer-lasting than competing products made from the traditional building blocks of wood, steel or concrete. RS's flagship product is its award-winning RStandard(R) composite pole. The pole is used as transmission and distribution poles to carry electric grids and as communication structures for various uses including wireless networks and microwave communications systems.

For the latest on RS's developments, go to the company's website at

"RStandard" is a registered trademark of RS


For further information: For further information: Laurien Abel, Investor Relations and Communications, Tel: (403) 219-8000, Fax: (403) 219-8001, Email:

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