Transmission Industry

Transmission Industry

Distributing essential energy safely and relaying vital communications swiftly requires equipment that can handle the elements.


Central Steel Service, Inc. supplies high-quality, long-lasting weathering steels for the most demanding power and communication transmission applications.


For more than four decades, Central Steel Service, Inc. has distributed specialized, high-strength weathering and abrasion resistant steel products to manufacture transmission poles used to support power lines for electricity, lighting, television, cellphone service, and radio broadcasting.


Weathering steel is a group of steel alloys that do not need to be painted and form a stable rust-like appearance after extended exposure to weather. Weathering steel has a chemical composition that forms a protective layer on its surface under the influence of the weather, giving the steel an increased resistance to atmospheric corrosion compared to other steels.


Weathering steel is ideal for structures where access is difficult or dangerous, and where future disruption needs to be minimized.

Providing the Steel You Need

For the transmission industry, Central Steel Service, Inc., provides these ASTM specification steels:

A242: A high-strength low-alloy structural steel specification with improved atmospheric corrosion resistance and temperature resistance up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit. Normally applicable to steel plates through one-half inch in thickness.

A588: Available in structural shapes, plates, and bars. Used to construct the world’s most vital structures while withstanding the earth’s most extreme conditions.

A606-4: Available in steel sheet and coil. High-strength, low-alloy specification with improved atmospheric corrosion properties. Contains additional alloying elements and provides a level of corrosion resistance substantially better than that of carbon steels with or without copper addition.

A709-50W: Comes in structural shapes, plates, and bars Structural steel is primarily used in fabricating steel bridges. Atmospheric corrosion resistance in most environments is substantially better than carbon steel with or without copper addition.

A871: High-strength low-alloy structural steel plate with improved atmospheric corrosion resistance. Provides a 65 ksi minimum yield strength and an 80 ksi minimum tensile strength plus the atmospheric corrosion resistance of this steel in most environments is substantially better than that of carbon steel with or without copper addition.

Supplying Your Industry

Weathering steel supplied by Central Steel Service, Inc. is used extensively in the transmission industry for:

  • Transmission Poles
  • Octagonal Transmission Poles
  • Lighting Poles
  • Transmission Pole Davit Arms
  • Transmission Pole Cross Arms
  • Sign Posts
  • Substation Structures
  • Switching Station Structures

Featuring The Benefits You Want

Aged and decaying wooden poles are not only dangerous but can also become eyesores along roads and throughout communities. Replacing wooden poles with weathering steel poles provides several advantages:

Rugged and reliable: Weathering steel provides high strength and resistance to the elements.

Easy to maintain: Weathering steel resists corrosion. Periodic inspection and cleaning should be the only maintenance required to ensure the structure continues to perform well.

Saves money: Because weathering steel can be used unpainted, the costs of a protective paint system are eliminated. Plus, the minimal maintenance requirements of weathering steel structures greatly reduce both the direct costs of maintenance operations and the indirect costs of traffic delays or rail possessions.

Aesthetically pleasing: The “rusty” orange-brown patina that weathering steel develops over time allows transmission and lighting poles to blend in with their surroundings, rather than stand out as eyesores.

Delivering The Service You Deserve

 For More Than Three Decades, Central Steel Service, Inc. Has Supplied Top-Quality, High-Strength Weathering Steel In Plates, Angles, Flats, Channels, Rounds, And Squares.

Central Steel Service, Inc.’s specialty products are expertly-engineered, professionally crafted, and rigidly tested to:

  • Meet the exact specifications you want
  • Deliver the outstanding performance you demand
  • Provide the unmatched service you deserve

Central Steel Service, Inc. applies all its considerable resources to deliver the industry’s best specialty steel products – products that require the utmost attention to quality and material traceability.

Central Steel Service, Inc. strives to:

  • Provide exceptional, professional, and excellent customer service
  • Forge and nurture long-term relationships
  • Foster teamwork and mutual respect among employees
  • Keep employees safe
  • Product quality is not compromised
  • Give back through charitable donations

Central Steel Service, Inc. diligently follows all ASTM guidelines and the company’s written quality specifications, giving you complete confidence that Central Steel Service, Inc. can be your main weathering steel provider.