El Segundo, CA, August 24, 2022 – Valence Surface Technologies (VST) maintains a strong focus on Environmental, Health and Safety in each of the communities where we have metal finishing operations and where our employee families reside. Today, our Valence Middle GEORGIA facility is pleased to host a group of local first responders, including our Eastman Fire Department and Emergency Medical Response (EMS) team from the surrounding area to appreciate their efforts in preventing the spread of a fire at our processing facility.
In March of this year, VST and our local firefighters responded to a fire in one of the buildings at our Eastman, GEORGIA facility. On a Sunday morning, the Eastman Fire Department arrived on site and began a battle that would last well into the night. As the fight ensued, the fire department and emergency medical services from surrounding counties arrived in great force to extinguish the blaze and to secure the area to ensure safety.
These valiant efforts ensured that we were able to prevent the spread of the fire and spare some of the equipment and customer parts that were present in the impacted building.
In gratitude for their heroic efforts, Valence Eastman is having an appreciation luncheon for all of the people that stepped up and came to help when Valence Eastman needed it the most. We have extended the invitation to a number of local businesses and governmental agencies that provided space and support as we have worked diligently to restore operations. The VST team has made the donation of some needed equipment to the Eastman Fire Department a high priority, to demonstrate our appreciation.
During this challenging time, VST has remained committed to continued customer service and to maintaining the employment of all VST Middle Georgia personnel. In addition, the VST has diverted customer orders to other VST North American locations to ensure the expected service level during the downtime. Our local team was able to restore service in the undamaged buildings at our GA facility and today several of our local operations and approvals have been restored, in parallel with our efforts to rebuild and upgrade our capabilities. The entire Valence team appreciates the tenacity and responsiveness of our Eastman team to restore operations for our customers!
Valence Surface Technologies is the largest independent provider of metal finishing to the commercial aviation, defense, space, and medical market verticals, with OEM approved painting, plating, and coating capabilities throughout the United States. Valence is headquartered in Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA and is sponsored by equity investors ATLPartners and BCI; the British Columbia Investment Management Company.
Julie Sims – Director of Marketing and Communications, Valence Surface Technologies