Tnemec Announces 2020 Tank of the Year
On Tuesday (Oct. 27), protective coatings manufacturer Tnemec Company Inc. announced the winner of its 2020 Tank of the Year—a municipal water tank in Destin, Florida—via emailed press release.
The tank won out over nearly 300 other water tank nominations, with more than 23,000 online votes from across the United States and Canada cast this year.
Destin Water Tank
Designed and painted by long-time water tank mural artist, Eric Henn, the water tank showcases a one-of-a-kind seascape mural, paying homage to local wildlife that call the Gulf of Mexico home, most notably, sea turtles and dolphins.
The Destin tank was selected by a panel of water tank enthusiasts based on criteria such as artistic value, significance of the tank to the community and challenges encountered during the project.
“From the beginning, Destin knew its tank would need to be unique, which is why they chose long-time water tank mural artist, Eric Henn, to complete the piece,” said Scott Keilbey, Director of Sales – Water Tank Market at Tnemec.
The tank was coated using Tnemec’s UV-resistant, long-lasting fluoropolymer finish, Series 700 HydroFlon, which the company reports will help preserve the color and design for a long time, even in Florida’s hot and humid climate.
As winner of Tank of the Year, Destin’s tank will be featured as the month of January in Tnemec’s 2021 water tank calendar.
The first runner-up, a water tank in Bossier City, Louisiana, was painted to honor all military, police and fire department personnel and features a main logo that reads, “We Salute Our First Responders.” The Bossier City tank was also the was the winner of the People’s Choice competition, receiving 6,281 votes.
The tank project was also reported to use Tnemec’s UV-resistant, long-lasting fluoropolymer finish, Series 700 HydroFlon, and features the silhouette of a B-52 Bomber on top of the tank. The aircraft is regularly seen flying over the city given the city’s nearby Barksdale Air Force Base.
Other water tanks among the top 12 finalists for 2020 are in Hot Springs, Arkansas; Muscatine, Iowa; Cumming, Iowa; White Bear Lake, Minnesota; Grafton, Ohio; Hutchinson, Kansas; Troy, Virginia; Jansen, Nebraska; Pain Court, Ontario; and Kansas City.
“This is the 15th anniversary of the competition, which recognizes municipalities for their aesthetic, creative and innovative uses of Tnemec’s high-performance coatings on water storage tank projects,” Keilbey added. “This year’s finalists represent several different types of water tanks in various shapes and sizes, all of them impressive for one reason or another.”
All finalists and nominees will also included in the 2021 calendar.