IRPT Member, Bedford Technology has been acquired by Tangent Technologies. This acquisition combines two industry leaders with robust product lines to create the best alternative material innovation team in the world.
For more than 25 years of offering structural composite plastic lumber, IRPT Member, Bedford Technology has served the industry. In 2018, Bedford performed a case study on the Port of New Orleans Wharfs.
In the search for a durable, low-maintenance and low life-cycle cost solution for piles and whale beams, structural composite plastic lumber was installed. The engineering staff ran a life-cycle analysis of the product, and the results showed that structural plastic lumber was the right solution.
Results: The Port’s original life-cycle analysis predicted a 14-year break-even for the plastic lumber product.
Each year, routine inspections are performed to see how the product is holding up to ensure the Port’s safety and efficiency. In the 25+ years of routine inspections, only 2 piles have needed to be replaced - this was caused by normal wear and tear of the product from heavy impact of barges. With traditional timbers estimating 300 or more piles needing replacement, the plastic lumber piles and wale beams have proven to be a cost-effective, low-maintenance solution for the Port of New Orleans.
Since 2003, Tangent has been recognized as one of the most experienced and reliable manufacturers in the recycled plastic lumber industry. Bedford Technology’s number one focus has been and always will be its customers. Given their shared commitment to delivering world-class customer service and high-quality products, Bedford and Tangent make an ideal team.
This is an exciting time for IRPT Members with Tangent and we can’t wait to see what the future holds!