General Magnaplate proudly celebrated its 60th anniversary at three separate locations this year: the USS Intrepid Museum in NY, the Texas Rangers ballpark in Arlington, TX and at the Squashed Grapes Winery in California.
USS INTREPID MUSEUM
The celebration at the USS Intrepid was particularly apt because of General Magnaplate’s long history of working on defense applications. The USS Intrepid also known as The Fighting “I”, is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. She is the fourth US Navy ship to bear the name. Commissioned in August 1943, Intrepid participated in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, most notably the Battle of Leyte Gulf. The carrier was used to recover Mercury and Gemini astronauts during the 1960’s when they splashed down into ocean after Earth orbit during the early days of America’s space program. The entire staff from the New Jersey plant visited the great aircraft carrier and were also able to see the Enterprise space shuttle which is on display at the Intrepid.
TEXAS RANGERS BALLPARK
Texas celebrated the 60th anniversary with America’s favorite pasttime at the Texas Rangers ballpark in Arlington. They really hit it out of the park that night!
SQUASHED GRAPES WINERY
The California plant celebrated the anniversary in style at one of the State’s premier wineries. Magnaplate’s coatings are used in bottling and labeling lines around the world, always nice to sample some of the product too!