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changing the way substations are built

WHERE TRADITION AND INNOVATION FUSE TO MAKE THE IMPOSSIBLE ACHIEVABLE

DIS-TRAN has built its reputation on delivering under seemingly
impossible conditions – compressed schedules, resource constraints, conflicting details, all with an award-winning safety record. It’s all because we combine a half century of experience working on more than 5,000 substation projects with a forward-looking willingness to innovate. Ultimately, we’ve only done our job if your project is a success.
So, no matter what you need for your substation, we’ll make it happen – even if it means inventing an entirely new solution. When we say we’re going to do something, we deliver. That’s just who we are. Because in the end, it's not about us. DIS-TRAN is about you: your project, done your way.

Safety, guaranteed

DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations prioritizes safety above all else. We believe all accidents are preventable, and our award-winning safety record is evidence that we’re right. We take every measure to ensure that all our people – and yours – will be able to go home every night as healthy as they arrived.
DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations is proud
to be ISO-9001:2015 and ISN Certified.

Meet the team

DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations’ senior leadership team is driven to deliver smart solutions to your project pain points. We succeed when you succeed.

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Jordan Alford

President

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Jordan Alford

President

As President of DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations (DTPS), Jordan champions the company’s Culture & Values while overseeing operations, leading management teams, and directing the company’s strategic vision toward shared success with their partners, customers, and team members.

Jordan earned his Bachelor of Science in ConstructionManagement from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and went on to build a career in project management, operations, and manufacturing across multiple industries.

He joined the Crest Family in 2016 and served as VP ofOperations for DTPS starting in 2018. As VP, Jordan was instrumental in helping to grow and scale the organization, especially the manufacturing team and operations at the Production Support Services Center.

“My whole career, I’ve been involved in building things –large scale, visible objects – and I love it,” says Jordan. “But what I’ve come to realize is that those objects are just a result of what I truly love the most – investing in and building our people and teams.”

Jordan pursues this passion both in and outside of work by living out our core values, looking for opportunities to serve others, and supporting and mentoring youth in the local community.

Jordan assumed the role of President of DTPS in October2021, and he brings his intentional leadership style into everything he does, starting with how he leads his family and our company.

He, his wife Kelsey, and daughter Tillie love doing anything outside together including running, biking, going to the farm and traveling with their camper.


David Ducote

Commercial Vice President

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David Ducote

Commercial Vice President

Describe your job.

I am responsible for the Proposal Department, Procurement & Billing Department and the company programmer. I also oversee contract negotiations, vendor management, and proposal strategy development.


What makes you the right fit for this roll?

Over the past 15 years at DIS-TRAN I have learned this end of the business through working with customers and vendors on thousands of proposals. We’ve been able to accomplish some amazing things over the years and with each win have found ways to improve procedures, work instructions, and moved to a digital workflow.  


Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

Mechanic, plumber, electrician, carpenter... please don’t tell anyone


What is something the industry is facing that you want to fix?

Consistent definitions to industry terminology - it’s shocking how the same words mean something totally different to every company.  

Frank Camus

Vice President of Engineering & Design

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Frank Camus

Vice President of Engineering & Design

Describe your Job.

Our team of Substation Designers and Engineers are pushing innovation in the industry. We were early adopters of 3D software and as a result, we have the experience and the systems to tackle challenges that no one else is willing to try. I meet with existing and new customers to help see their projects through from proposal to installation.

What makes you the right fit for this roll?

I have been a mechanical/civil engineer for more than two decades and have worked in a variety of industries including oil & gas, Defense Contracting with US Navy, and Electric Utility Industry. I am able to draw on those experiences to help communicate with our customers and put our people in a possition to succeed. Half of my career has been with DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations because I believe in the work we do. Leading this team of designers and engineers requires more than experience building substations. It also requires vision and the ability to mentor our growing team. DIS-TRAN is tackling new challenges every day and we are changing the way substations are built.

What are you the most passionate about?

There are countless ways to innovate systems and structures in the electrical utility industry. I am most passionate about leveraging processes and technology like 3D Engineering & Design, lidar, and virtual/augmented reality to find better ways to physically build and deliver substations that push the envelope of ingenuity.

Give an example of how 3D Engineering & Design is finding better ways to build substations.

Our Factory-Built Substations (FBS) are brought to life by 3D technology. People have tried to build substations modularly since the beginning, but often times ran into problems. Our team solves these problems by planning all three phases of the project in 3D and providing drawings with specs for assembly/site prep, shipping, and installation. We understand our responsibility to be there for our customers every step of the way and we work as an extension of your team to make sure you succeed.

John Halle

Vice President of Business Development

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John Halle

Vice President of Business Development

Describe your job.

I lead our group of 5 – Regional Sales Manager. As a team of six, I constantly give back the knowledge I have learned about our business and listen to the experiences that others have had in previous careers to make our group cohesive and transparent. We use our expertise, knowledge and geographic locations to support our local rep agencies to deliver the best customer service and solutions we have available.


What makes you the right fit for this roll?

I have spent more than half of my career at DIS-TRAN crisscrossing the country attending various tradeshows & industry events, seeking out new & old customers and being involved in some of the largest projects built in North America. I say this has been the “best half” of my career because I really enjoy my team here, and the value our products and services deliver. The DIS-TRAN name is a flagship business in the industry for delivering on our commitment and not over promising seeking the impossible. Our team is known for going above and beyond for our customers. DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations’ Factory-Built Substations (FBS) and Pre-Fabricated Bus (PFB) are the next evolution to the way substations are built. I’ve been part of our team’s growth and helped introduce FBS & PFB to the market. DIS-TRAN proves that if you have the right product and the right people, you can achieve anything.


What are you most passionate about?

I am most passionate about helping people and problem-solving. I enjoy bringing together the right team of people and the right resources to deliver solutions.


What problems do you consistently solve for your clients?

The missing piece… often times people try to do it all themselves. Customers are no exception. They are humans too and sometimes find they are having the same issues over and over because they are trying to do it all. They often try to save money by not using someone like us but end up spending more. I try to educate customers on “services” that we do that will alleviate burdens on them. I am a do it all myself type person too, so I can relate to customers who have the same mindset.  


Our history

DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations has been an industry leader in the design and supply of high-voltage, open-air substations, and switchyards since 1965. Over a half-century of building meaningful relationships with our customers and vendors boils down to one thing: people. We take pride in our collaborative approach where everything we do is designed to deliver the project the right way, your way. Though we have grown over the years, and now offer new innovations like our Factory-Built
Substations, our age-old commitment will never change: to take care of you like family.

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