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Composite Support & Solutions (CSSI), San Pedro, CA., won a prestigious Tibbett’s award from the Small Business Administration for a 118-foot communications tower installed by the Air Force at Hanscom AFB in Massachusetts.

The tower was fabricated by CSSI using Ashland Derakane vinyl ester resin designed for pultrusion. Dr. Clement Hiel, CSSI’s founder and president, received the award at a ceremony at the White House on January 10th.

The prototype tower created by CSSI was made completely of composite materials. It uses fastener-less joining technology where individual components, such as the lattice cross members, “snap” together during the assembly process without the need for metallic bolts. CSSI selected Derakane because of its mechanical properties and its outstanding corrosion resistance.

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