HD Supply Utilities Builds Momentum with RStandard(TM), Reports Customer Win

    ORLANDO, FL, March 10 /CNW/ - HD Supply Utilities, the largest electric
utility distributor in North America, is continuing to build momentum since
adding the new RStandard composite electric utility pole to its comprehensive
portfolio of products. The RStandard pole is manufactured and supplied by
Resin Systems Inc. ("RS") (RS - TSX / RSSYF - OTCBB), a developer of
innovative advanced material products.
    More than 70 North American electric utilities have installed this
stronger, yet lighter, utility pole for transmission and distribution. Early
customers of RStandard poles include Southern California Edison, Florida Power
and Light, Duke Energy (Cinergy), Los Angeles Department of Water & Power,
Baltimore Gas & Electric, Austin Energy, Hydro One and Hydro Ottawa.
    After a series of recent successful pilot installations, another major
electric utility has entered into a three-year, long-term contract to use
RStandard poles system-wide. Initial deliveries for this multi-million dollar
contract have started on a graduating scale and are expected to peak at the
end of the contract period.
    "In addition to regular sales, it is one of our goals to increase our
utility pole market penetration in North America through long-term strategic
supply contracts. This long-term contract adds an important strategic partner
to our RStandard pole customer base," said Paul Giannelia, president and chief
executive officer of RS. "We will work with HD Supply Utilities to build on
the momentum of this agreement."
    Wooden poles, which are susceptible to time, pests and the elements, make
up about 90 percent of the market. RStandard poles differ from their wooden
counterparts in a number of ways. They are modular, which increases
flexibility to meet multiple pole strengths and class requirements with
minimal inventory; lightweight, allowing for easier transporting, handling and
installation, which reduces costs; and made of Ultra-strong Version(TM) resin
and advanced composite materials to deliver superior durability and
strength-to-weight performance. In addition, RStandard composite poles are not
chemically treated, offering an environmentally friendly solution that saves
trees; non-conductive, increasing safety for line crews; and not affected by
rot, corrosion, pests or harsh weather, limiting the need for inspections and
    HD Supply Utilities is the exclusive distributor of RS's RStandard
transmission and distribution poles within the United States, Canada, Mexico,
Bermuda, Bahamas and all of the Caribbean Islands.
    "We saw the impact RStandard can make in the electric utility industry
when we entered into our relationship with RS Technologies, a division of RS,"
explained Joe LeNoir, VP of Sales, HD Supply Utilities. "We are excited about
the increased flexibility, cost effectiveness and myriad of long-term benefits
the product offers our customers."

    (Editor's Note: Due to contractual confidentiality, neither the name of
the utility nor the terms of the contract can be released.)

    About HD Supply Utilities
    As North America's largest electric utilities distributor, HD Supply
Utilities (http://www.hdsupply.com/utilities.html) offers the industry's
broadest and most dynamic portfolio of products, services and solutions for
the distribution, transmission and generation of electric power.
    HD Supply Utilities is a business of HD Supply (www.hdsupply.com), which
provides professional customers with superior products, support and services
for the entire project lifecycle from infrastructure to construction to
lifetime maintenance, repair and remodel. With nearly 1,000 locations and more
than 21,000 associates, HD Supply is one of the largest diversified wholesale
distributors in North America.

    About RS
    RS is a technology innovator that develops advanced composite products
for infrastructure markets. This new generation of products is not only
structurally superior to products made with "old world" materials such as
wood, steel and concrete, it's also lighter, more durable and longer-lasting.
The company has entered the global market with its award winning utility poles
and conveyor roller tubes as its two flagship products, and continues to
identify a growing list of additional innovative products.
    RS designs, engineers and markets its products worldwide, while
outsourcing its manufacturing and distribution. For the latest on RS's
developments, go to the company's Web site at www.grouprsi.com.
    "RStandard" is a trademark of RS.

For further information:

For further information: Erica Crosling, HD Supply,
Erica.Crosling@HDSupply.com, (770) 852-9079

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