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IsoTruss Inc. received a $125,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The Phase I award will be used for the design and development of a crane-less tower installation project.


As technology expands, reliable broadband connections become an increasingly foundational resource used to access business, education, healthcare, public safety, and more. Financial burdens and physical isolation limit rural communities’ ability to build the infrastructure to establish high speed broadband connections. Without the requisite infrastructure, rural areas are left to fading technologies, resulting in reduced business, outdated education, and spotty healthcare, to say the least. Without the need to transport large machinery, like cranes, the accessibility of broadband internet will expand.


“We’re eager to design a tower and installation system that will eliminate roadblocks to infrastructure, expanding the reach and quality of internet service in rural America,” said Marianne Clayton, Head of Research and Development at IsoTruss, Inc. 


IsoTruss Inc., an engineering, design, and manufacturing services provider, produces patented IsoTruss® lattice cell towers for the telecommunications industry. IsoTruss® cell towers, fabricated with composite material, are cost-effective, corrosion-resistant, sustainable, eco-friendly, and lightweight. Utilizing IsoTruss® Technologies, its family of patented, composite material grid structures, the enterprise offers R&D capabilities, applications, and solutions in telecommunications infrastructure, aerospace, civil infrastructure, energy, construction, leisure, and more.