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Why is the Gaffney peach being painted again?

South of the Border Water Tower Painting

Story from WYFF 4
By Stephanie Towers, Digital Media Manager

GAFFNEY, S.C. — Many of you have noticed that the Gaffney peach is undergoing another facelift.The water tower was repainted in 2015 by muralist Eric Henn from Dayton, Ohio.

The paint job was expected to last more than 30 years.

Why is it being done again?

Kim Fortner, the assistant manager of the Gaffney Board of Public Works, said the repainting in 2015 was part of a contract that the city had with Utility Services.

She said the city has worked with Utility Services for about 20 years and the contract included the maintenance of all water tanks in Gaffney.

Fortner said the board was not satisfied with the color of the peach and wanted a “deeper, riper peach color.”

She said board members thought the coloring was “too pale.”

According to Fortner, the board and Utility Services agreed to end the contract with Utility Services over artistic differences.

The board hired Southern Corrosion to take over the project, Fortner said.

She said Southern Corrosion hired the original artist, Peter Fruedenberg, to give the peach the color that the board is seeking.

Fortner said the process of changing contracts and the repainting of the peach has not cost the board any additional money.

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Gaffney Peachoid to get its blush back

Article from GoUpstate.com
By Zach Fox, Staff Writer

Just two years after the Gaffney Peachoid was completely stripped and repainted for the first time ever, the Cherokee County landmark is getting yet another new coat of paint.

Gaffney Board of Public Works officials wanted the water tank to look more like a ripened peach, said Kim Fortner, the agency’s operations engineer and assistant manager.

“The colors weren’t blended to look like a peach and the tank up top wasn’t painted at all,” Fortner said. “The final product didn’t have the appearance it needed to have.”

Fortner said a long-term contract for care and maintenance of the water tanks the board owns and operates was transferred this year from the company that did the 2015 work to Southern Corrosion, a water tank care company based in North Carolina.

So the new paint job for the Peachoid won’t cost the Board of Public Works or taxpayers anything extra, she said.

“It’s (money) just going to a different place,” she said.

The contract is for a quarterly fee of about $18,000, Fortner said. That adds up to about $72,000 a year.

In 2015, all the paint on the Peachoid was sandblasted away, leaving a metallic silver sphere hovering above Interstate 85. It was the first time the peach had ever been stripped of its orange and yellow colors.

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Affordable Mixers Now Available for Southern Corrosion Engineered Tank Care Customers

South of the Border Water Tower Painting

(Roanoke Rapids, NC) —  Engineered Tank Care™ customers now have access to even more benefits. The company recently became a Medora distributor, receiving significant cost savings on mixers that they’re passing on to customers. As a result, purchase and installation of a Medora GridBee® mixer is one of the many benefits now available to Southern Corrosion Engineered Tank Care™ customers.

“We are excited to offer GridBee® systems to our maintenance contract customers,” said Southern Corrosion President Jim Skilton. “Mixing system discounts are one of the many benefits that our comprehensive Engineered Tank Care™ plans include to help our customers manage their tanks, while ensuring maximum tank life with minimum hassle.”

Mixers reduce water quality problems by maintaining a constant flow of water in a tank. They keep water from freezing during cold months, provide for uniform disinfectant distribution and water age, prevent short-circuiting and stagnation, and minimize temperature stratification, residual loss and bacteria growth. The consistent movement of water also reduces buildup, keeping a tank’s interior cleaner.

Medora Corporation is a world leader in sustainable water quality improvement, with low energy or chemical use. Medora’s GridBee® products provide mixing, THM removal and disinfectant boosting solutions to solve difficult problems in potable water treatment and storage. Medora’s potable products are certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 61, including Annex G for low-lead content.

Southern Corrosion, headquartered in Roanoke Rapids, specializes in Engineered Tank Care™ programs for municipal, community, and industrial water tanks and water towers. Southern Corrosion’s services include water tank and water tower inspections, painting, interior washouts, general water tank repair, tank security planning, and water tower cell antenna engineering and management. The company has dedicated crews strategically located throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast and all sales representatives live in the areas that they serve. Southern Corrosion is an active member of Rural Water Associations in North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

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Tank Team Tackles Water Distribution

(Roanoke Rapids, NC) — Southern Corrosion’s Sales and Operations staff have completed a North Carolina Rural Water Association comprehensive water distribution course. The course was designed to provide staff with a thorough understanding of water system operation and maintenance. The curriculum focused on the dynamics and procedures of taking a tank offline, and included topics on water sources and treatment. The rules that govern water systems were also discussed.

Southern Corrosion President Jim Skilton said the training was customized to fit their needs. “We pride ourselves in looking at tank maintenance from our customer’s point of view. The information that we learned complements the existing expertise of our staff by showing them the steps that our customers go through before, during, and after we arrive on the site to paint or complete maintenance program tasks. We understand the big picture of how proper tank maintenance impacts other issues and regulations that come into play for tank operators.”

Southern Corrosion, headquartered in Roanoke Rapids, specializes in Engineered Tank Care™ programs for municipal, community, and industrial water tanks and water towers. Southern Corrosion’s services include water tank and water tower inspections, painting, interior washouts, general water tank repair, tank security planning, and water tower cell antenna engineering and management. The company has dedicated crews strategically located throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast and all sales representatives live in the areas that they serve. Southern Corrosion is an active member of Rural Water Associations in North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

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Fresh Paint for the SOB Tank

South of the Border Water Tower Painting

(Hamer, SC) — South of the Border’s water tank just got a makeover. The Southern Corrosion team of Engineered Tank Care specialists recently spiced things up for the Highway 95 landmark’s water tank with a fresh coat of paint.

Southern Corrosion staff that worked on the South of the Border project have been showing off their work boots, which are splattered with South of the Border’s famous bright yellow paint. Jim Skilton, Southern Corrosion President, said of the project, “Pedro and the staff were very satisfied with the outcome, and our team had fun working on it. That’s the best possible outcome.”

Built in 1965, the South of the Border tank holds 100,000 gallons of water and is a standard elevated tank. It provides drinking water for South of the Border’s facilities, which include two restaurants, a convention center, motel, and campground.

Southern Corrosion specializes in Engineered Tank Care™ water tank and water tower maintenance programs for municipal, community, and industrial water tanks. The company’s programs provide maximum tank life and keep tanks looking their best. Southern Corrosion’s services include water tank and water tower inspections, interior washouts, general water tank repair, water tank security planning, and water tower cell phone antenna engineering analysis. The water tank maintenance company  was founded in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, in 1983, and serves the states of North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

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Southern Corrosion Supports Victory Junction

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(Randleman, NC) – – Seriously ill kids attending Victory Junction camp are benefitting from a generous new ministry of one North Carolina company. Southern Corrosion, Inc., is making a donation to Victory Junction for every new contract their company signs. Victory Junction is a nonprofit camp for children with serious or chronic medical conditions.

“We were impressed with the fact that Victory Junction hosts all the kids who come for free, and we know that takes financial support. Victory Junction offers week-long campers a fun, exhilarating and challenging experience while providing unobtrusive 24-hour medical supervision, and we felt compelled to help,” said Southern Corrosion President Jim Skilton. “Families should not have to worry about the cost of such a great camp on top of cumbersome medical expenses when their kids are suffering.”

Austin Petty, Victory Junction COO, said the camp and the private company came together for business purposes, and expanded from there. “Victory Junction and Southern Corrosion got acquainted through a business relationship where SCI designed and painted a unique water tank on our 84-acre property in the shape of a hot-air balloon. They share our belief that every child, no matter their illness or medical condition, deserves the chance to just be a kid.”

In the wake of the untimely death of NASCAR driver Adam Petty, Victory Junction was founded in his honor by the Petty family in 2004 as they realized Adam’s dream of creating a camp for children battling serious illnesses or chronic conditions. Since opening its doors in 2004 Victory Junction has served more than 20,000 children and their families in a safe and medically-sound environment at no cost to the camper or their family.

Southern Corrosion specializes in Engineered Tank Care™ water tank and water tower maintenance programs for municipal, community, and industrial water tanks. The company’s programs provide maximum tank life and keep tanks looking their best. Southern Corrosion’s services include water tank and water tower inspections, interior washouts, general water tank repair, water tank security planning, and water tower cell phone antenna engineering analysis. The water tank maintenance company  was founded in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, in 1983, and serves the states of North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

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Water Engineer Michael Douglas Joins Southern Corrosion

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(Roanoke Rapids, NC) Southern Corrosion Incorporated announces the addition of water  systems expert Michael Douglas to its team. As a Civil Engineer, Douglas brings more than 25 years of experience with public water supply systems and drinking water regulation. He will assist with the company’s Engineered Tank Care™ water tank maintenance programs for municipal water tanks.

“We are thrilled that Michael has joined our organization,” said Southern Corrosion President Jim Skilton. “He is a talented Engineer with extensive experience in water tank maintenance and systems. His presence on our team will help us continue to provide our customers with the highest quality Engineered Tank Care™.”

Douglas’ prior experience includes overseeing more than 600 water systems in 16 counties for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He currently teaches certification classes for the North Carolina Rural Water Association. Douglas is a North Carolina and Virginia certified Professional Engineer and a North Carolina State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

Southern Corrosion specializes in Engineered Tank Care™ water tank and water tower maintenance programs for municipal, community, and industrial water tanks. The company’s programs provide maximum tank life and keep tanks looking their best. Southern Corrosion’s services include water tank and water tower inspections, interior washouts, general water tank repair, water tank security planning, and water tower cell phone antenna engineering analysis. The water tank maintenance company  was founded in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, in 1983, and serves the states of North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

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