Cleveland Navy Week Stops Include Sherwin-Williams

Company welcomes admiral from key innovation command

CLEVELAND (November 29, 2010) – U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Wendi B. Carpenter, Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command, Norfolk, Va., was the recent guest of Sherwin-Williams during Cleveland Navy Week.

The U.S. Navy, through its Office of Community Outreach, included Sherwin-Williams, a significant supplier of marine coatings, in its Cleveland Navy Week schedule. Carpenter met with Sherwin-Williams Chairman & CEO Chris Connor and senior management of the company's Protective & Marine Coatings business for 90 minutes.

During the meeting, Admiral Carpenter spoke with Sherwin-Williams leadership about the role that the Navy plays in protecting the United States and keeping the oceans safe for the free flow of international commerce, 90 percent of which travels by sea.

Among other projects, Sherwin-Williams is the principal supplier in the current dry-docking and maintenance cycle of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, providing the coatings for the underwater hull, freeboard, topside and tanks at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va.  In addition, the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is being built utilizing Sherwin-Williams coatings technologies.

Carpenter, who is charged with being the chief integrator of innovative solutions for the Navy, emphasized that the readiness and availability of America's Navy, which today numbers 283 ships, is critical to maintaining its "forward presence" in maritime security. "We can't predict where the next threat will come from," she said. "We need to be ready to confront a range of challenges, whenever and wherever they happen. We can't afford downtime."

Sherwin-Williams manufactures coatings systems for maintenance and new build programs that require fewer coats and rapidly return to service, which reduces application costs and shortens required schedules. In ballast tanks, where the vulnerable edges can fail prematurely, the company was challenged by the Navy to develop an anti-corrosion technology that could achieve enhanced film thickness over edges, corners and welding seams, be installed quicker and returned to service faster.

The result was an ultra-high-solids, rapid cure, single-coat epoxy, that replaced the traditional three-step practice.  The company also provides the Navy with heavy metal-free anti-foulants to prevent fouling of underwater hulls, as well as coatings that can be applied over damp surfaces with minimal surface preparation.

Sherwin-Williams' model of establishing strategically-placed company-owned stores nationwide has served the Navy for years. "Our integrated coatings supply chain benefits our customer in quality, value and responsiveness," said Connor.

This year, a milestone for responsiveness was achieved when Sherwin-Williams was awarded a $24 million, five-year contract to supply coatings to the Navy's yards at Puget Sound, Norfolk, Portsmouth, N.H., and Pearl Harbor on a just-in-time (JIT) basis. This was the first national comprehensive JIT coatings contract to be awarded by the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center based in Norfolk.

As part of its Global Supply Initiative, the company is now serving the Navy in Japan as well as in North America, according to Brad Rossetto, President & General Manager, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings.

Approximately 20 Navy Weeks are held each year in cities across the country where the Navy does not have a significant everyday presence. The aim of the program is to show Americans the sound investment they have made in the Navy by engaging civic, government, corporate, education, media and community service organizations.

Sherwin-Williams is a global protective and marine coatings company that delivers smarter asset protection and unmatched service and specification support to its customers from more than 3,900 locations worldwide. The company offers a complete line of time-tested, high performance coatings and systems to combat corrosion, supported by the largest group of NACE-certified coatings inspectors in the industry. With more than 140 years in business and a culture of product innovation, Sherwin-Williams today is the single source of supply for coatings solutions made to your specifications and delivered on time, every time.

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