Kansas City, Mo. — Entries are now being accepted for Tnemec’s 2014 Tank of the Year competition. “This will be the ninth consecutive year we will recognize the aesthetic, creative and innovative uses of Tnemec coatings on water tanks,” said Doug Hansen, Director of Sales, Water Tank Market. “The deadline for submitting new construction or renovation projects is October 1st and all tank styles are eligible as long as they are completed by that deadline.”

Nominations can be submitted by visiting www.tnemec.com/tankoftheyear. All electronic nomination forms must be accompanied by a photo or photos of the tank. Once the deadline has passed, all nominees will be placed in an online ballot. Anyone is able, and encouraged, to vote.

Once voting is completed and the top 12 tanks are decided by the public, a committee of water tank enthusiasts will judge the contenders based on several criteria including artistic value, significance of the tank to the surrounding community, and challenges encountered during the project. The overall winner of the 2014 Tank of the Year contest will be announced in early November.

Tnemec’s 2013 Tank of the Year winner prevails in Mt. Vernon, Ill. Part of a major rebranding effort for Mt. Vernon, this elevated water tank’s mural and city tagline, “Creativity Redefined,” stood out against the competition. The tank’s design, a top-to-bottom mural of multi-colored and spiraling bubble-like shapes, was coated using Tnemec’s fluoropolymer finish coat for long-term gloss and color retention.

“The judges were impressed by the tank’s colorful artwork,” said Hansen. “It’s not every day that you see a water tank’s design painted from the bottom of the pedestal all the way up.”  This artwork, and the tank’s importance to the local community, helped it stand out from more than 200 Tank of the Year nominations total and the eleven other top-voted tanks.

Previous year’s winners include the Rosemont, Ill., pedestal tank in 2006; the Anderson, S.C., hot air balloon tanks in 2007; the Lake Villa, Ill., Providence at Painted Lakes pedestal tank in 2008; the Darree Fields Hydropillar in Dublin, Ohio, in 2009; the Newton, Kan., composite tank in 2010; the Hollywood, Fla., “Turtle” legged tank in 2011; and the Okaloosa County, Fla., elevated tank in 2012.

In addition to choosing a 2013 Tank of the Year, Tnemec named 11 additional nominations as runners-up, which were each featured in the annual water tank wall calendar. The 11, 2013 runners-up, listed in alphabetical order, were from Albany, N.Y.; Brookfield, Ill.; Dayton, Ohio; Grove City, Ohio; Lincoln, Neb.; Perham, Minn.; Queensville, Ontario, Canada; Randolph, Neb.; Silvis, Ill.; Union Grove, Wis.; and White House, Tenn. Runners-up will again be named in the 2014 contest.

“The Tnemec Tank of the Year competition has gained popularity in the industry, since its inception in 2006, and it continues to grow exponentially,” Hansen added. “The contest has drawn media attention from local and national television networks and print publications.”

With the help of this expanding media interest, last year’s contest garnered 31,205 visits to the voting website and the company distributed close to 10,000 water tank calendars across the United States and Canada.