Valmont Recognized for Protecting Critical Infrastructure With Four Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards

15 May 2023

Valmont® Industries, Inc., a global leader that provides vital infrastructure and advances agricultural productivity while driving innovation through technology, accepted four Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards at the American Galvanizers Association’s (AGA) Annual Conference on March 29th.

Presented annually by the AGA, the Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards recognizes unique, creative, and impressive projects utilizing galvanized steel. The competition attracts over 100 submissions competing across 12 sectors and 3 special categories. This year, the winning Valmont submissions highlight the important role galvanizing plays in protecting our critical infrastructure.

Rick Cornish, President of Global Coatings at Valmont said, “The AGA’s annual awards competition provides us the opportunity to celebrate our contributions to conserving resources and improving life with customers and employees. The specification of hot-dip galvanizing impacts everyone by bolstering the safety and durability of structures we use every day. From the impressive projects recognized through the awards this year to small parts we process daily, every piece we galvanize is important to us. That’s the value we add.”

In the Bridge & Highway sector, Valmont was recognized not only for our galvanizing services in Valley, NE but also as the fabricator of the U-BEAM™ bridge installed at Fort Wingate in Gallup, NM. For this project, safety & sustainability were two very important considerations. Located on an active environmental clean-up site, the galvanized zinc coating will not introduce new contaminants or pose a threat to the soil or groundwater.

The duplex coating sector highlights projects utilizing a topcoat of paint or powder coating over galvanized steel. The synergistic effect of using both systems together increase the lifespan by up to 2.5 times the sum of the individual coating’s lifespan. This year, our Miami Galvanizing plant was selected for its contributions to a new canopy at South Motors BMW that will protect the company’s luxury vehicles. The galvanized structure was painted white for additional protection and aesthetics.

This year’s winner in the Electrical, Utility, & Communication sector highlights the role galvanizing plays in providing reliable and continuous electricity. The Key Crossing Reliability Initiative was a complex project that required nearly a decade of research and planning. When Baltimore Gas & Electric ultimately selected an overhead transmission line crossing the Patapsco River, they relied on Burn & McDonnel for project management and Valmont for the fabrication and galvanizing. Not only did the project require an impressive 981 tons of galvanized steel, but one of the monopoles is now the tallest on the continent!

Finally, in the industrial sector, galvanizing is put to the test 3,000 feet underground at the Turquoise Ridge Gold Mine. This difficult to access, moist, and corrosive environment required a protective coating that would provide a minimum 30-year life without maintenance. Our Intermountain Galvanizing facility in Lindon, UT delivered, providing galvanizing services for 750 tons of steel.