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Fertilizer Tower Refurbishment During the Winter


Fertilizer is highly corrosive to structural steel and metal panels of bins. In order to protect the integrity of the fertilizer tower, TMI Coatings was contracted by Central Harvest States (CHS) in a plant located along the river to repair their fertilizer tower during January. When bidding this job, TMI had to take special consideration due to the fertilizer tower’s proximity to the Mississippi River and the bitter cold weather in the Midwest in January. The location manager was very happy with TMI’s workmanship and timeline.  He said thank you for the hard work and professional work ethic.  He stated, “the project was positive all the way.  The crew members were absolutely professional.  They outlined what they were going to do and stuck to the plan throughout.” With proper planning and TMI’s experience, we can complete exterior painting outdoors during the winter months.

Photo of Fertilizer Tower by TMI Coatings
Photo of fertilizer tower after priming step is complete.


  • Prepared all surfaces by sandblasting the metal to SSPC-SP7 to remove existing failed coating and create new anchor profile in the steel.
  • Primed with low-temperature rust-inhibiting epoxy primer.
  • Applied a urethane topcoat that can be applied as low as 0° F and provides long-term corrosion protection and UV resistance.


The customer was happy with the quality, hard work, and professionalism TMI Coatings exhibited through the entire process of the project. CHS’ fertilizer tower is now protected from the harsh environments and is aesthetically pleasing.  TMI has the experience and knowledge to do structural steel coatings no matter the season.

With over 35 years of experience, TMI Coatings will have your project completed on time and within budget. Contact us today at 651-452-6100 for your free, no obligation quote.



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