Tnemec Announces 2022 Tank of the Year
On Friday (Oct. 21), protective coatings manufacturer Tnemec Company Inc. released a video announcing the winner of its 2022 Tank of the Year competition.
The company has been carrying out the annual awards program since 2006, celebrating the innovative and creative uses of its coatings on water tanks throughout the United States and Canada. To be eligible, potable water tanks had to completed by Sept. 23 with Tnemec products and could not be more than two years old, or previously submitted for the Tank of the Year award competition.
2022 Tank of the Year
In its announcement video, Tnemec shared that a water tank provides more than just clean water. These tanks, often landscape staples in the community, also offer a life source, creative opportunities and hometown pride.
This year, Tnemec presented the 2022 Tank of the Year award to the Bossier City water tank. Located in the northwestern region of Louisiana and east of the Red River across from the larger city of Shreveport, the water tank graphics showcase bold colors that announce the support of our troops and first responders.
The message “We salute our first responders” found on the tank’s exterior is meant to be a tribute to all the hard-working police and firefighters whom the public has long-held respect for keeping the community safe, according to Tnemec.
In announcing the award, it was also shared that the tank graphics were “intended to make the most striking, bold, and bright statement embodying the spirit of its community.”
The tank, completed with Tnemec coating systems Series 700 HydroFlon, Series 1075 Endurashield and Series 90G-1K97 Tneme-Zinc, beat out nearly 350 water tank nominations.
The Bossier City 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.
This tank was completed in August 2022 by field applicator Veolia.
People’s Choice, Runner-Up Tanks
The first runner-up, and this year’s People’s Choice Award winner went to a water tank in Valley Center, Kansas. A suburb of Wichita, the community was reportedly very involved with the artwork design for this project, having voted on the new paint job.
The selection? A 3D honeycomb motif created by a local group of urban artists. Coatings used on the project included Tnemec’s Series 135, Series 73, and Series 1094. The tank was reportedly completed in August 2022 by field applicator Cunningham Sandblasting & Painting Co.
The engineer on the project was Professional Engineering Consultants.
Other water tanks among the top 12 finalists for 2022 are in Crawfordsville, Indiana; Dothan, Alabama; Gentry, Arkansas; Groveland, Florida; Hackensack, Minnesota; Moorhead, Minnesota; Oconomowoc, Wisconsin; Pensacola Beach, Florida; Port O’Connor, Texas; and St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.
The Tank of the Year, the People’s Choice and all finalists will be featured in Tnemec’s 2022 water tank calendar.
2021 Tank of the Year
Last year, a 750,000-gallon composite elevated water tank in Moorhead, Minnesota won the 2021 Tank of the Year. 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.
“When the City of Moorhead asked the community what they loved best about their town, the responses were overwhelming,” Tnemec said in their announcement, at the time. The Moorhead water tank features a wrap-around mural that includes the community's favorite attractions and activities.
The tank was completed in July 2021 and is owned by Moorehead Public Service. Apex Engineering Group carried out engineering services for the project and KLM Engineering, Inc. conducted its required inspections. Phoenix Fabricators & Erectors served as the project's fabricator and field applicator.
The first 2021 Tank of the Year runner-up, a water tank in Rochester, Minnesota, was repainted to resemble an ear of corn. The city’s landmark tank was also the winner of the People’s Choice competition, reportedly receiving more than 5,000 votes from the public.
The tank project was also reported to use Tnemec’s “dry-fall” aluminum coating, Series 43-236 Fast Dry Aluminum, on the tank’s legs, and a high-performance fluoropolymer finish coat, Series 700 HydroFlon, to recoat the corn itself.
Other water tanks among the top 12 finalists for 2021 are in Edmonton, Kentucky; Elmendorf, Texas; Lincoln, Illinois; Lino Lakes, Minnesota; Oconomowoc, Wisconsin; Redmond, Washington; Richardson, Texas; Roswell, New Mexico; and Zephyrhills, Florida.