Ocean Spray's infrastructure includes a wastewater holding tank constructed of concrete. The tank is approximately 12×14 feet and contains the waste from cleaning operations. This water has a pH of 2.5 and contains solid cranberries, cranberry sludge, cranberry juices, and other organic matter. The waste is held in the tank and emptied twice a week.
After several years of operation, the waste was attacking the tank and the concrete aggregate was starting to show. Ocean Spray investigated various companies and products but selected A&W Coatings and Warren Environmental's epoxy coating system based on proven results dealing with similar issues. A&W's crew used Warren's epoxy to resurface the tank and protect it from further degradation. Three years later, the tank was inspected, and it looked identical to the first day it was coated. There was no wear or noticeable changes. Despite the acidity of the cranberries, Warren's coating system proved to uphold after years of service and remains in good condition to this day.
A&W and Warren's successful results have quickly made our team an integral partner with Ocean Spray's Corporate Engineering Department. Over the years, we've worked closely with Corporate Engineering to identify, develop, and implement a coating system that best suits their needs, including coating their cranberry receiving station, wastewater treatment assets, facility renovations, and new grassroots facilities, of which required fast-return-to-service solutions.