MPS Helps Puerto Rico Prepare for Recovery Efforts After Hurricane Maria's Devastation

Category 4 Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island of Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 wreaking havoc on the U.S. commonwealth of 3.4 million people. This catastrophic event decimated the island’s infrastructure leaving about 98% of the residents without power in the immediate aftermath.

As of mid-February, and five months after the hurricane made landfall, about half of the residents of Puerto Rico still did not have access to power. Today, the government of Puerto Rico continues to face extreme challenges to re-build the infrastructure throughout the island.

MacLean Power Systems played a small but crucial role in assisting PREPA (Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority) and USACE (United States Army Corps of Engineers) to obtain the necessary materials to perform extensive refurbishment work throughout the island. USACE played a prominent role from December 2017 through February 2018 to add structure and much needed funding to procurement of emergency materials. 

Since September 2017, all MPS legacy facilities have supported the restoration effort.  Steel cross-arms, suspension insulators, horizontal line post insulators, steel brackets, machine bolts, eye-nuts are just a few of the high-quality products shipped to Puerto Rico over the past several months. 

MPS is proud to have played a vital role in the infrastructure re-building process for fellow citizens in Puerto Rico.  The USACE presence in Puerto Rico was reduced in March as PREPA managed the restoration effort beginning in March.