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Composite sheet and pipe piles to repair damages of Sandy hurricane

News International-French

17 Jan 2014

SuperLoc Composite sheet pile and Superpile from Creative Pultrusion chosen for Long Beach (NY) boardwalk replacement.

Hurricane Sandy devastated the United States East Coast in October 2012, causing severe damage to the 2.5 mile Long Beach Boardwalk in Long Beach, New York. Creative Pultrusions, Inc. (CPI) was chosen to supply composite sheet and pipe piles to restore and protect the boardwalk. The SuperLoc 1580 series sheet pile was driven in front of the new boardwalk in order to protect the structure and town from future storm surge damage. Superpile was driven into place to support several new concrete bents that had to be replaced to support the new boardwalk. Unlike steel and wood, Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer (FRP) piles will not rot or corrode when exposed to the seawater.

Grace Industries, the prime contractor, and Peter Scalamandre & Sons, the pile driving sub-contractor noted that the Engineer of Record (EOR) selected SuperLoc and Superpile because of its long life, low maintenance and friendliness to the environment.

The company has also been supplying products for other Superstorm Sandy recovery projects, including over 300 SUPERPILES that are being used as support piles for the newly reconstructed service dock and visitor dock on Liberty Island, site of the Statue of Liberty. The service dock was completely destroyed and the visitor dock was partially destroyed during Superstorm Sandy.

The company is a world-class pultruder that utilizes the most advanced manufacturing processes to provide high-end profiles. Originally founded in 1973, CPI was acquired by Hill & Smith Holdings PLC (HS) in September 2008. A global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of infrastructure products, galvanizing services and building and construction products, HS has sales of over $700 million. Headquartered in the UK and quoted on the London Stock Exchange, HS employs some 3,600 staff across 51 sites, principally in the UK, France, US, Thailand, and China.

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