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For those looking for hot business opportunities, consider the market for this commodity: fake palm trees:
About 50 percent of the business is still residential, but commercial customers now demand half of his attention. A growing number of them are communities or telephone companies interested in hiding the ”visual pollution” of cell towers.
Beringer said he’s in a niche with few competitors, and — aided by a weak dollar that makes American products more affordable to foreign buyers — he’s been fielding requests from El Salvador to India.
The disguised cell towers, in particular, ”are becoming quite popular” overseas, he said. The artificial palm trees can be as tall as 130 feet. In northern locations, the same processes are used to mimic pine trees, he said.
Beringer uses a lot of rubber and plastic in creating the outdoor palms, while indoor displays are
made of silk or preserved fronds (real leaves that are treated to retain their appearance.)
Even real palm bark can be hollowed out to accept a PVC core, or peeled off its source and reinforced with a cardboard lining so it snaps around unattractive poles to create instant foliage.
Beringer installs the trees himself, from pouring concrete to which 18-foot-tall trees can be bolted, to shaping the fronds into a realistic green cascade.
The best and most erotic part of this report: “…pouring concrete to which 18-foot-tall trees can be bolted…”