Voting Opens for 2023 Tank of the Year


Protective coatings manufacturer Tnemec Company Inc. has announced that online voting is now open for the People’s Choice category for the company’s 2023 Tank of the Year contest.

In June, Tnemec announced that nominations had opened for the 2023 Tank of the Year competition. The competition reportedly celebrates the innovative and creative uses of its coatings on water tanks throughout the United States and Canada.

To be eligible, potable water tank projects had to completed with Tnemec products and cannot be more than two years old, or previously submitted for the Tank of the Year award competition.

According to the emailed release, only one vote is allowed per person, though voters can see the top contenders on the site.

The deadline for voting will reportedly close on Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. CST.

The release states that when online voting is complete, the water tank that got the most online votes will be named the People’s Choice tank and will reportedly get an automatic bid as a finalist for the official Tank of the Year title.

“This year’s contest is shaping up to be another record year for this contest. Not only do we have a large number of nominations, but we also have a wide array of construction styles represented in this year’s pool of candidate tanks,” said Brian Cheshire, Director of the Water Tank Market.

“In addition, the nominations have rolled in from all over the U.S. as well as Canada, which truly speaks to this contest and how its popularity has spread across North America.”

The winner, as well as the 11 finalists selected by the company’s Tank Enthusiasts committee, will be announced on Oct. 16. The 2023 Tank of the Year will reportedly be announced on Oct. 20. All finalists and nominees are expected to appear in Tnemec’s 2024 water tank calendar, starting with the Tank of the Year winner for the month of January.

“Every year, we are consistently amazed by the amount of excitement and hometown pride that this contest generates. A water tank, while being a vital part of a town’s water infrastructure, can truly be a billboard or symbol of pride for many of the communities across the U.S. and Canada,” Cheshire added.

“We, at Tnemec Company, cannot wait to see what levels of enthusiasm and overall ingenuity will spring up in various communities this year as a result of this contest.”

Those that are interested can vote for their favorite water tank by clicking here.

Last Year’s Results

During last year’s competition, 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. This tank was completed in August 2022 by field applicator Veolia.

The first runner-up, and the 2021 People’s Choice 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.


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