Tnemec Releases Tank of the Year Pick
In a somewhat unique turn of events, Tnemec Company Inc. announced via emailed press release earlier this week that this year’s winner of the company’s water tank contest—a municipal water tank in Wamego, Kansas—won both the People’s Choice award and Tank of the Year.
The pedestal water tank won out over more than 300 other water tanks. Nearly 20,000 votes from both the U.S. and Canada were cast this year.
Wamego Water Tank
Painted by Classic Protective Coatings (Menomonie, Wisconsin) with eight different colors, the Wamego tank was selected by a panel of judges who chose based on artistic value, local significance and challenges encountered while the project was underway.
The Wamego tank joins the Oz Museum and an actual yellow brick road as another local Wizard of Oz-themed attraction. (The Oz Museum serves as a home for the largest permanent public display of Oz artifacts in the world, with the collection including an original flying monkey, costumes and production notes from the original 1939 MGM film, “The Wizard of Oz.”)
The project was completed in June of this year, with BG Consultants serving as the engineer.
“The Wamego tower represents a connection to the city’s Oz museum, which includes a large collection of Oz memorabilia and artifacts,” said Randy Moore, Director of Sales—Agency Development & Industry Affairs for Tnemec.
“The 500,000-gallon Wamego water tank was repainted with a HydroFlon fluoropolymer coating system, which will help the many hues on the tank retain their color and gloss over time.”
The first runner-up, a water tank in Maxville, Ontario, was painted to honor the Glengarry Highland Games that occur in the city every year. The color and design selection reflect the Glengarry tartan, which was hand-painted to resemble the colors and textures of the original pattern with the company’s fluoropolymer finish, Series V700 HydroFlon.
The first runner-up, a water tank in Maxville, Ontario, was painted to honor the Glengarry Highland Games that occur in the city every year.
“This is the 14th anniversary of the competition, which recognizes the most impressive coatings projects in the water tank industry,” Moore added.
“This year’s finalists represent several different types of water tanks including legged designs, composite constructions, ground storage tanks and pedestal styles in various shapes and sizes.”