Alvarado, TX – (November 14, 2013)– Sabre Industries, Inc. (“Sabre”) celebrated a grand opening today for their new testing facility, Sabre/Brametal Testing Services, LLC. Developed with Brametal’s extensive testing experience, this new facility is the result of Sabre’s joint venture with Brametal, S.A. A subsidiary of Hollmore Participacoes E Investimentos S.A, Brametal is a Brazilian company with extensive experience in engineering, design and testing of lattice transmission towers.
Sabre/Brametal Testing Services, LLC is located on Sabre Industries’ 147 acre industrial complex in Alvarado, Texas, and is the only one of its kind in North America. Completely automated, the facility provides full scale structure testing on lattice towers and tubular steel poles. Also located on Sabre Industries’ industrial complex in Alvarado, is Sabre Tubular Structures, Sabre’s steel pole division, and Sabre Galvanizing Services, one of the most environmentally-friendly galvanizers in the United States.
“Working with Brametal to develop our new testing station has given Sabre the opportunity to build a best in class testing facility for our utility customers,” stated Peter J. Sandore, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sabre Industries, Inc. “We will be the only company in the United States to offer this type of testing along with engineering, design, manufacturing and galvanizing of tubular steel structures all on one site.”
Sabre/Brametal Testing Services, LLC utilizes the most advanced technology in the industry. Proprietary software allows for simulated loads that are automatically applied to provide realistic and accurate results. The facility offers both destructive and non-destructive testing, and has the ability to test towers up to 235’ high and 85’ wide at the base, and poles up to 235’ high and 12.5’ wide.
“Sabre/Brametal Testing Services, LLC is pleased to be able to bring full scale structure testing back to North America”, commented Ricardo Minatto Brandão, Chairman of the Board of Brametal. “Through our joint venture with Sabre, we can offer our customers in the United States testing without the added cost of shipping structures overseas.”
About Sabre Industries, Inc.
In business since 1977, Sabre Industries, Inc. is a producer of highly-engineered products used for electric transmission and distribution and wireless telecommunications, offering a complete customer solution with a full range of engineered towers, poles, structures and related services. The Company’s vast array of product offerings and extensive manufacturing capabilities has allowed Sabre to develop leading positions with a high-quality, diversified group of customers including the nation’s largest utilities and wireless communications firms. For further information on Sabre Industries, Inc., and its various divisions, please visit our web site at: www.SabreIndustries.com.
Brametal was founded in 1975 in the city of Criciúma, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Nearly 40 years later, the Company has increased their market share in the utility industry, and added customers to their portfolio through the successful performance of important projects worldwide. Brametal’s Brazilian facilities currently include two plants producing 80,000 metric tons of metallic structures per year, four galvanizing facilities, and two testing stations. In addition, the Company has one testing station in Alvarado, Texas. As one of the main suppliers of metallic structures used in electric power generation and transmission, Brametal offers design, load testing, lattice towers for transmission lines and wind generation, substation structures, and supports for photovoltaic panels. For more information on Brametal, please visit our web site at: www.brametal.com.br.
Vice President of Marketing
Sabre Industries, Inc.
2101 Murray Street
Sioux City, IA 51102-0658
Phone: (712) 224-1290
Fax: (712) 224-1291