(PRNewswire) Valmont Industries, Inc. was recently recognized with an unprecedented seven Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing awards, of fifteen total categories, in an annual event sponsored by the American Galvanizing Association (AGA). Competition for the 15 awards included 129 impressive projects from galvanizers around the world, submitted to an independent panel of architects and engineers for consideration. The winning Valmont submissions included:
- In the "Original Equipment Manufacturing" category, the SAFER Barrier project was recognized, submitted by Valmont's Birmingham and Columbia Galvanizing facilities. The new barrier is known as SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) and has been installed at all oval courses and several road courses utilized by NASCAR and INDYCAR tracks, continuing a focus on improved driver safety.
- Valmont's Tampa Galvanizing facility was recognized in both the "Food and Agriculture" and "Civic Contribution" categories. In the "Food and Agriculture" category, its submission of a large greenhouse project is leading the way in protecting Florida's critical citrus crops. Under "Civic Contribution," galvanizing at the Myakka City Lemur Reserve is helping protect that increasingly endangered animal.
- In the "Electrical, Utility & Communication" category, Valmont's Oklahoma Galvanizing facility was recognized with its submission for a newly designed transmission support structure.
- In the "Transportation" category Valmont's Miami Galvanizing facility was the winner for its work on the Miami-Dade Expressway Toll Plaza, (Dolphin Expressway), in Florida.
- Valmont Coatings' Calwest Galvanizing facility also merited two awards. They were top in the "Artistic" category with the submission of a large sculpture of a mammoth for the City of San Jose Public Art Collection in collaboration with the City Trails Program (see picture).
- In the "Duplex" category (paint over hot dip galvanizing) the 101 Freeway pedestrian overcrossing in Los Angeles, California was recognized.
Valmont Coatings operates 33 facilities in six countries with 2,000 employees around the world.