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JAN 2019

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Feature 38 JANUARY 2019 COATINGSPROMAG.COM A New Heights: Coating a Water Tower in Missouri BY KRISTEN PETERSON PHOTOS COURTESY OZARK APPLICATORS, LLC A giant doorknob. A golf ball on a tee. An upside-down onion. Water towers may have many imaginative descriptions, but they share one important purpose: to deliver water to a community. is is often drink- ing water, but it also may be stored water for fire protection. Regardless, given this essential function, when a water tower in southeast Missouri 's Public Water Supply District (PWSD) #1 of Cape Girardeau and Perry Counties was due for maintenance, the district put out a bid for an expert. Ozark Applicators of Van Buren, Missouri, was up for the job, and its skilled and knowledgeable team did not disappoint. Ozark is owned by the husband and wife duo Darrin and Penny Treadway. e two met in high school and, after working for Penny's father's painting business, they started their own company in 2001. Darrin has been in the painting business his entire career, and some may say painting runs through Penny's blood: She is a fourth-generation painting contractor. Her great-grandfather used to paint Phillips 66 gas stations, which have operated in the Midwest since 1927. Ozark, on the other hand, specializes in water towers and, thanks to Penny, is woman-owned. e company has grown quite a bit since it started — revenues have increased 10 times since 2001. In addition to painting, Ozark also offers an annual inspection program to look at water tanks from both a sanitary and structural standpoint to make sure they satisfy the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' recommendations. Municipalities can request an inspection regardless of whether or not Ozark painted the particular tank. " We have really found our sweet spot," said Penny. " We work primarily in the state of Missouri for water districts and municipalities. We wanted to be the best in the area, not necessarily the big gest." "We have really found our sweet spot," said Penny. "We work primarily in the state of Missouri for water districts and municipalities. We wanted to be the best in the area, not necessarily the biggest." STEEL TANK ZINC

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