Osmose celebrates 75th Anniversary

Fri, 11/06/2009 - 4:39pm
By: The Citizen

The 30 employees of Osmose Utility Services on Greencastle Road in Tyrone have a reason to celebrate. Having been in operation in Tyrone for three years the company is celebrating its 75th year in business. Osmose, Inc. has also operated a facility in Griffin for the past 25 years, with a total of 60 employees.

When the company began in the fall of 1934, several Buffalo businessmen joined forces to create the Osmose Wood Preserving Company of America, building on a patent for a unique, non-pressure preservative. During the intervening 75 years, Osmose continued to advance wood preservation science and grew into the world’s leading producer of preservative systems. Concurrently, close relationships and evolving customer needs encouraged Osmose to develop infrastructure inspection, maintenance and repair solutions for the utility and railroad industries.

Today, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc, one of several Osmose companies, provides a wide variety of inspection, maintenance and rehabilitation services and products to electric, telecommunications and gas utilities. The Osmose mission is to help asset owners extract the optimum safe, economical and useful life from transmission and distribution infrastructure. Leveraging its position as America’s leading pole maintenance company, Osmose developed a broad array of predictive and preventative maintenance offerings that provide solutions across entire networks… from the substation to the meter.

As digital information replaced hard-copy utility maps and records, customers began to request comprehensive and accurate information about the poles and equipment that Osmose crews visit on a routine basis. Osmose incorporated mobile computing into its field operations in 1986, and developed into the leading provider of utility data services that support today’s robust operations support systems such as GIS, outage management and work management.

America’s utilities have learned that Osmose is one source with many solutions. Whether the need is pole inspectors or crews to identify damage after a natural disaster, Osmose can help. Osmose is organized to support a variety of projects, from simple joint use attachment surveys to complex connectivity and network modeling events. Transmission companies value Osmose expertise in the maintenance of aging steel towers and poles. Today’s managers appreciate Osmose for bringing new and environmentally preferable solutions to market, including MP400-EXT™ preservative paste and the Osmose Field Liner barrier protection system for wood poles. Utility engineers call on Osmose to identify pole overload conditions and to upgrade pole class, with the ET-Truss® Pole Strengthening System. Osmose operations resources and project managers are located throughout the U.S. and technical support is available from our Georgia or New York offices.

With 75 years of diverse experience and learning as a foundation, Osmose continues to strive to serve America’s utilities as they manage aging infrastructure and design and build tomorrow’s intelligent utility and Smart Grid networks.

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