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American Wire Group Delivers Supplies to Utilities in Their Time of Need

Aug. 20, 2020
Following the recent derecho, the supplier delivered nine trucks of wire to help with the restoration effort.

A derecho hit Iowa on Aug. 10, leaving behind a massive path of destruction to trees, power poles and everything in between, according to Alliant Energy. About 250,000 customers were without power after high-voltage power lines were taken down. 

As soon as the storm passed, the utility sent crews across the state to start rebuilding the circuits, replace power poles and replace new wiring. Meanwhile, team drivers for American Wire Group (AWG) delivered nine trucks worth of wire for the restoration on a Sunday night. 

"It took a considerable logistical effort to open the facility, schedule, package and load trucks for weekend shipment," says Michael Blaha, director of utility sales for AWG. "The drivers delivered a total of 147 miles of wire including 150 of the box pallets of coils and 222 of the 1800-ft reels." 

AWG, an emergency wire and cable supplier, has delivered supplies to the U.S. Gulf Coast, Caribbean, Puerto Rico and Saipan in their repair efforts from hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis, and now in the Midwest after derecho damage. 

"Specializing our efforts to help in power restoration requires 24/7 coverage and extremely urgent deliveries," Blaha added. 

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