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Since 1981, Central Steel Service, Inc. has distributed specialized, high strength weathering and abrasion resistant steel products for the most demanding industrial manufacturing applications. In fact, Central Steel Service began as a corrosion-resistant steel supplier for industrial equipment manufacturers. Now, several of our industrial equipment manufacturer customers utilize weathering steel, also known as Cor-Ten, as an enhancement to the quality of their end product.

It’s no secret that our country’s electric grid is outdated and rapidly aging. Fortunately, the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which was signed into a law in November of 2021, included $65 billion for upgrading our country’s power infrastructure. When selecting material for replacing transmission and lighting poles, weathering steel, also referred to as COR-TEN steel, is an excellent choice. In fact, many utility owners prefer to use weathering steel because of its aesthetically-pleasing, orange-brown patina among other practical benefits. 

You know how “Kleenex” is used when referring to a “tissue?” Or “Chapstick” is used when referring to “lip balm?” Similarly, the terms “COR-TEN®,” “cor-ten,” “corten” and “weathering steel” are used interchangeably when referring to atmospheric, corrosion-resistant steel, which can be a tad confusing… Let’s be clear: COR-TEN® is the U.S. Steel’s trade name for atmospheric, corrosion resistant steel while weathering steel and corrosion-resistant steel are the generic terms. 

President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure plan signed in November of 2021 secured more than $1 trillion in federal funding to rebuild the nation’s deteriorating roads and bridges as well as fund new climate resilience and broadband initiatives. As one of the largest infusions of federal investment into infrastructure projects in over a decade, the plan allots $110 billion for highways, roads and bridges. Plus, more recently, the Biden administration issued new guidance requiring that the construction material purchased for these infrastructure projects must be produced domestically.

Concern over “greener” or more “environmentally-friendly” choices has never been greater, especially in bridge construction. Sustainability revolves around three pillars–social, environmental, and economic. Essentially, a bridge build should consider the environment, but also improve the economy and social situation of the area the bridge is built in: 

Dri-Design is an industry leader in architectural facades with nearly endless design possibilities, offering an unlimited palette of colors, finishes, materials, textures and custom perforations. We supply Dri-Design with ASTM A606-4 weathering steel sheet for building panel systems for a variety of projects – office buildings, mixed use, universities and hotels.