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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

January 21, 2008

MCLB-Albany Dougherty County, GA (WALB) - The Maintenance Center at the Marine Corps Logistics Base says they're the first to implement a new coating process for aluminum parts.

The process is much safer for workers, the environment, and it saves money.

Aluminum goes through a five stage dip process when the metal is treated, that seals the tiny pores, so it won't rust and serves as a better adhesive for the paint to bond to.

The Maintenance center is using a greener process to accomplish that.

"We previously used hexavalent chrome we're changing to trivalent chrome, it's killed multiple birds with one shot so to speak, it's safer for our workers equal corrosion protection and it's better for the environment," said Steve Allen, Coatings Branch Manager.

The process does cost more up front, but managers say the cost will go down as the process becomes more widely used.

And they'll save more money on disposal costs in the long run.

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