Press Release Summary:
- Franklin Bronze Precision Components will manufacture antimicrobial metal for door handles, knobs, brackets and fixtures in response to the spread of COVID-19
- Lead free metal, bronze alloys and brass alloys will be used.
Original Press Release:
An Antimicrobial, lead free metal, bronze alloy to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve.
Franklin Bronze Precision Components has the capabilities and expertise to cast an antimicrobial, lead free metal, bronze alloy CDA 87850, as door handles, knobs, brackets, fixtures and more to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. Public areas, hospitals and medical facilities can benefit.
According to the EPA, the surfaces of copper and its alloys, such as brass and bronze, are antimicrobial.  Copper alloy surfaces have intrinsic properties to destroy a wide range of microorganisms – including COVID-19. On copper alloys, the coronavirus was “rapidly inactivated.”  Over 99.9% of E. coli microbes are killed after just 1-2 hours on copper. On stainless steel surfaces, the microbes can survive for weeks.  The coronavirus lives on copper for 4 hours, on cardboard for 1 day, and on plastic for 3 days. 
Bill Keevil, a professor of environmental healthcare at the University of Southampton in England: “if copper surfaces were put in communal areas where many people gather, it could help reduce the transmission of respiratory viruses, like coronavirus 229E and also SARSCoV2.” Other than hospitals, he thinks the ideal locations for copper are public transportation systems, like buses, airports, subways. 
Some prefer not to use copper due to its propensity to tarnish and requires polishing to keep it shining. “But copper is antimicrobial regardless of how grody it looks, if it turns green on you, it still has the ability to kill bacteria and viruses and fungi,” Michael Schmidt, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina, who studies copper. 
To us, green is good.
About Franklin Bronze Precision Components
Franklin Bronze Precision Components manufactures investment castings for glass container, pumps & valves, steel, automotive and food processing. Franklin Bronze provides high-quality, consistent products supported by technical expertise, in-house tooling & machining, and automated processing.
Effective August 29, 2014 Franklin Bronze & Alloy Company, Inc was acquired by Wall Colmonoy Corporation. Franklin Bronze was renamed Franklin Bronze Precision Components, LLC and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Wall Colmonoy. Wall Colmonoy, together with Franklin Bronze, is a global materials engineering organization with offices and manufacturing facilities located in the US and UK with close to500 employees.
By joining with Wall Colmonoy, Franklin Bronze integrates expertise, sales & marketing teams, and business goals. Wall Colmonoy and Franklin Bronze share the vision of delivering world-class technical expertise and support to customers.
More information about Franklin Bronze is available at www.franklinbronze.com
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