In February 1995, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), District 1, called us to assist them in the development of a new product. They had originally asked the Pole Manufacturers to develop a product that would encapsulate the bottom of the Mast Arm Pole to conceal the bolts, nuts, flanges and wiring. The Pole Manufacturers did not develop a suitable product; therefore, we were consulted. At the time of their call, IDOT had already written this product into the specs for the June 1995 letting, so time was of the essence. After hearing the specific criteria, we went to the drawing board. Our design for CPI's Shroud was met with immediate acceptance, and was enhanced with a few features, which went beyond the original scope of the requirements. The benefits derived from using the Shroud are aesthetics; improved pole life; coverage of all bolts, nuts, flanges, and wiring; elimination of normal maintenance; and elimination of animal nesting and breeding. Component Products' Shroud is the original Shroud approved by IDOT, District 1. The Shroud is specified for all new and/or rebuilt locations.
This is one of several innovative products to be designed and produced by CPI.