Air Force Enlists New Plating Shop for Duty
The new Advanced Metal Finishing facility—$67 million of plating technology and safety —was unveiled with a ceremony and public tours, but it won’t be fully operation until the end of this year when work transfers slowly from the older, adjoining AMF building.
Standing in the middle of a spanking-new, 98,000-sq-ft plating facility that hasn’t yet had a single part come through the door managed to send a chill up the spine of even someone who isn’t usually found hanging around a coating shop.
“It’s going to be an absolute marvel when this thing is up and operational,” says Brigadier General Cedric George, commander of Warner Robins Air Force Base’s Air Logistics Complex. This sprawling complex in Georgia employs 7,000 staff members in engineering support and software development for major weapon systems such as the F-15, C-5, C-130, C-17 and SOF aircraft.
The new Advanced Metal Finishing (AMF) facility—a $67 million behemoth of plating technology and safety —was unveiled in March with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public tours, but it won’t be fully operation until the end of this year when work transfers slowly from the older, adjoining AMF building. Even then, it won’t be until well into 2014 before all the work is moved over to the new plating facility.
But the delay between showing off the military’s latest electroplating facility and the actual finishing of parts several months down the road doesn’t dampen Brig. Gen. George’s enthusiasm. “It allows us to make it safer for our workforce, safer for our environment and safer for our community,” he says. “At the end of the day, it allows us to effectively and efficiently support the fight.”