Rugged Tanks for Faster Storm Response

When the Maine Department of Transportation had seemingly impossible standards to meet, they knew Assmann was the only company for the job.

The Challenge

To better respond to storms, the Maine Department of Transportation began a pilot program, using a salt brine solution on the highway. Sprayed directly on, the salt brine solution keeps the road wet for about two hours, which gives crews that much more response time during a storm.

Of course this solution had to be stored somewhere. The storage tanks had to be weather-resistant and usable outside. The job went out to bid.

Assmann Corporation was selected to provide the plastic tanks. Slocum said, “They had the best product for what we were looking for.” A key factor in the selection of Assmann polyethylene storage tanks was that Assmann is an ISO-certified manufacturer. The company met the high quality standards the state needed for the tanks.

The Assmann Solution

The tanks the Maine DOT selected Assmann vertical storage tanks. These polyethylene tanks’ one-piece seamless molded construction also conforms to ASTM D 1998-96 standard for liquid storage. They have excellent low-temperature impact resistance and are UV stabilized making them ideal for use outdoors. The tanks are also more corrosion and chemical resistant than fiberglass, stainless or mild steel.

Once the Maine DOT selected the Assmann plastic storage tanks, the job had to be completed fast. It was already late fall when the bid was finalized. 

In addition, the tanks had to be custom designed and manufactured to meet the Maine DOT’s specifications.

During the job, Assmann worked closely with the Maine DOT. Daily communication ensured that the project went smoothly and the logistics were worked out. Assmann dropped the tanks where needed throughout the state of Maine.

Today, with the plastic tanks located across the state, crews have easy access to the solution.

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