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KMG’s key product for the industrial wood treating market – pentachlorophenol – is commonly used in high-volume applications where preserving wood economically is a priority.

According to industry statistics, there are more than 40 million wooden utility poles in the U.S. alone. Each year, electric power and telecommunications utilities purchase approximately four million wooden utility poles in the United States. Approximately 45% of these poles are treated with pentachlorophenol, a highly effective wood preservative which protects the pole from insect damage and weather decay. As the leading manufacturer of penta in North America, we’re proud to say that penta-treated poles have a 60-plus year track record of environmental safety.

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