Cleveland, OH (January 18, 2010) â€“ Sherwin-Williams Protective Marine Coatings has been awarded a $24 million, five-year U.S. Navy contract to supply marine coatings per Just-In-Time (JIT) delivery to four U.S. Navy shipyards. The company was one of two low bidders in the first national comprehensive JIT coatings contract awarded by the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC), based in Norfolk, Virginia. The overall value of the contract, awarded over five years, is approximately $34.5 million. Previous U.S. Navy JIT contracts had been awarded for individual shipyards.
â€œSherwin-Williams is proud to be a primary supplier of marine coatings for the U.S. Navy in 2010,â€ said Brad Rossetto, Vice President, Marketing, Sherwin-Williams Protective Marine Coatings. â€œWe have a long tradition of supplying innovative coatings to the Navy. For example, Sherwin-Williams is currently providing coatings for active vessels such as the supercarrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, as well as historic warships such as the U.S.S. Missouri, the battleship on which Japan unconditionally surrendered to the United States, ending World War II.â€
The new comprehensive contract will take advantage of Sherwin-Williamsâ€™ ability to provide coatings on a JIT basis through its vast supply, distribution and warehousing network, providing overall cost savings via economies of scale. The four shipyards (located in Norfolk, Virginia; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Bremerton, Washington; and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii) will share in large batch production of coatings that will be certified for all four shipyards.
Sherwin-Williams will provide traditional MIL-Spec coatings as well as new technologies, including:
- Fast Clad ER® Epoxy, offering fast cure times and significantly reduced coating schedules
- SeaGuard® HMF, a heavy metal free anti-fouling hull coating, providing environmentally responsible hull protection
- Euronavy ES301, offering the ability to be applied over damp surfaces with minimal surface preparation. This edge retentive coating also assures enhanced film thickness over edges, corners and welding seams.