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MacLean-Dixie Awarded ICC-ES ESR-3032

by Bill Bonekemper

August 8, 2011

MacLean-Dixie HFS Receives ICC-ES ESR-3032 Evaluation Report for Four Helical Pile Product Lines Plus Pile Caps & Underpinning Brackets


Round Corner Square Bar & Round Shaft Helical Piles with

Allowable Capacities Ranging from 27.5 to 50 KIPS –

Engineers Have More Design Options with

Code-Certified Helical Pile Products



Early last week, a HUGE sigh of relief and a sense of enormous accomplishment was felt all the way from Chicago (headquarters) to Birmingham (manufacturing) when ICC-ES awarded MacLean-Dixie with ESR-3032  – code compliance for four of MacLean’s helical pile products plus pile caps and underpinning brackets including:

  1. 1.50” Round Corner Square Bar
  2. 1.75” Round Corner Square Bar
  3. 2.875” Round Shaft with .203” Wall Thickness
  4. 3.50” Round Shaft with .216” Wall Thickness
  5. New Construction Pile Caps for All Four Helical Piles
  6. Foundation Repair Brackets for All Four Helical Piles

More Choices for Engineers Wanting to Specify Code-Compliant Helical Piles

“Our goal for this code certification project was to select our most popular products that are used for new construction applications and for foundation and wall repair,” says MacLean-Dixie product manager, Steve Petres.  “By providing code-certified round corner square and round shaft products, we feel engineers who have been somewhat reluctant to specify helical piles in the past will now confidently specify our products knowing they have passed an extremely demanding acceptance criteria process (AC358),” Petres added.

With MacLean-Dixie’s certifications, the helical pile industry takes another important step forward to bring viable alternative deep foundation solutions to the marketplace.  In these difficult economic times, the primary solution for increasing unit sales will come from replacing other deep foundation products like driven or displacement piles.  Other than helical piles used on solar and wind power projects, no one is predicting a significant construction boom will start any time soon.  Our industry needs to focus on winning the confidence of design engineers through education and exposure to the tremendous versatility and efficiency of helical piles.  See the HPW article archive “A Tale of Two Projects” for a very real example of some of the advantages of helical piles when compared to drilled shaft piles.

MacLean-Dixie and its parent company MacLean Power Systems are headquartered in Chicago.  The Helical Pile & Utility Anchor products manufacturing plant is located in Birmingham, AL.  MacLean-Dixie sells its civil products in North America through a network of ten distributors.  See http://www.macleandixie.com/distributor_rep/ to locate MacLean-Dixie civil products distributors.