Tnemec Acquires Glass Armor Linings for Aboveground Storage Tanks

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) - Tnemec Company Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-performance protective coatings for specialized industrial and architectural markets, has announced the purchase of Glass Armor epoxy linings for aboveground storage tanks from Bridgeport Chemical. Under the agreement, Tnemec is the sole owner of the 100 percent solids thick-film lining technology, which will be marketed under the Tank Armor name, according to Gary Zinn, sales director, Industrial Markets for Tnemec.

"This lining technology will be exactly the same and Tnemec will continue to manufacture the materials as we did under our previous licensing agreement," Zinn acknowledged. "We will continue to use the same series numbers that we have since 2006. The acquisition of these linings allows us to continue to provide superior resistance to chemicals and physical abuse for the interior of above ground storage tanks in more aggressive operating conditions."

The Tank Armor product line offers long-term corrosion protection and chemical resistance with features such as 100 percent solids formulations, rapid cure, volatile organic compound (VOC) compliance, abrasion- and impact-resistance, a single coat high-build (20-150 mils DFT) monolithic application process, excellent bond strength and rapid return to service. Specific linings include:

Series 330 Tank Armor - A high-performance epoxy lining which reduces coating stresses caused by mechanical, thermal or physical forces on tank bottoms or walls.

Series 345 Tank Armor - A cold-cure epoxy lining that is designed to cure at 35 degrees F.

Series 350 Tank Armor - A high-performance epoxy lining that is highly chemical resistant.

Series 351 Tank Armor - A specialized polysulfide/novolac epoxy repair and base coat putty for seams, rivets and chimes.

Series 365 Tank Armor - A novolac epoxy lining for steel storage tanks containing acid solutions, alkalis and other containment areas requiring severe chemical resistance including 98 percent sulfuric acid resistance.

Series 390 Tank Armor - Internal epoxy lining for higher-temperature applications in tanks and other chemical immersion vessels.

Series 396 Tank Armor - High-performance internal epoxy lining designed for corrosion control and abrasion for the pipes and tanks in milling and process environments.

"Corrosive-resistant linings are especially critical in the petroleum industry where they are used to protect above ground storage tanks from corrosion caused by a wide range of aggressive acids and petrochemical solutions," Zinn noted. "The linings are applied to interior flooring and shells, the underside of floating roofs on open tank designs and secondary containment areas. They are also used to protect the interiors of mobile fractionation tanks and over-the-road transports used to haul brine, acids and solvents such as xylene and toluene."

"With fast-curing epoxy liners, it's possible to conduct high-voltage holiday testing within hours of application, then repair any holidays and return the ASTs and trailers to service, usually within 24 to 36 hours," Zinn added. "Tank Armor meets all specification requirements of major oil companies and fuel jobbers, such as rapid return to service, one-coat application, fast-cure, high-build capabilities, ease of application and physical properties for long-term durability."

In addition to its internal tank liners, Tnemec offers a range of external protection coatings for concrete and metal substrates in nearly any industrial environment. From zinc-rich urethane primers and durable epoxies to a complete offering of acrylic, polyurethane and fluoropolymer topcoats, Tnemec products protect aboveground storage tanks by preventing corrosion and ensuring long-term aesthetic appeal. Chemical-resistant products suitable for primary and secondary containment are also available.


Established in 1921, Tnemec is one of the largest privately held companies in North America specializing in industrial coatings for steel, concrete and other substrates for new construction and maintenance. More than 120 architectural and industrial coating products are manufactured at facilities in Kansas City and Baltimore. Headquartered in Kansas City, Tnemec operates distribution facilities in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Seattle and Compton, Calif. In addition to the company's American network of technical representatives, Tnemec has technical representatives in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Trinidad. For more information on Tnemec Company Inc. or any of its products, call 800-863-6321; write to 6800 Corporate Drive, Kansas City, Mo., 64120-1372; or visit

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