Edmonton, Alberta-Resin Systems Inc. has started commercial production of utility poles at its first production cell at its Calgary, Alberta plant, the firm announced in late November. It is also installing a second production cell, which will be operational in Q1 2006, a statement from the Canadian composite product maker said. At full capacity, the two cells can make about $50 million utility poles annually, RSI added. Shipments of these poles from the Calgary plant has now started, with the first container shipped to a European Union energy producer. This is the first part of of a $26 million, two-year order for poles ranging from 32 m to 36 m, according to RSI."We are pleased that our Calgary plant is up and running, and starting customer shipments," said Greg Pendura, chairman, president & ceo, in the RSI statement: "We are now filling orders and working on our growing backlog."Separately, RSI said that its 36-m utility pole has been successfully tested, at its new test facility in Calgary- facility designed and constructed to EDM International Inc.'s specifications-in the presence of EDM representatives. RSI describes EDM, of Fort Collins, Colorado, as "the recognised independent leader in electrical utility testing and engineering research." "Completing testing to this height is important and allows us to fill existing backlog orders," comented Pendura, in a company statement. The pic shows the first use of one of RSI's 18-m composite poles early in 2005, in the electricity grid of snowbound Alberta in Canada. "