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PolyWhey® Finish Chosen for USS Vermont Commissioning Plaques

Vermont Natural Coatings PolyWhey Furniture Finish is headed for a Jules Verne-esque adventure.

The naturally derived coating has been selected to finish the plaques to be presented to the crew of the USS Vermont when it is commissioned next spring. The USS Vermont is a Virginia Class submarine under construction at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut. The plaques will be presented to the ship’s “Plankowners,” who traditionally are recognized with a plaque and certificate commemorating their assignment to the boat as it is brought to life at a commissioning ceremony.

A commissioning committee of 27 Vermonters is planning a series of events to mark the launch, including presentation of the USS Vermont plaques, which were designed to create a unique memento honoring the Plankowners. Milled from hard maple in the shape of Vermont, the plaques include the USS Vermont’s crest, a piece of steel from the sub’s hull and inlaid Vermont marble and granite pieces.

The plaques were product by Maple Landmark of Middlebury and finished with Vermont Natural Coatings PolyWhey Furniture Finish. Maple Landmark delivered the plaques to the commissioning committee for presentation to the officers and crew of the USS Vermont prior to commissioning.

PolyWhey is a patented formula using whey, a byproduct of cheese making, as its linchpin ingredient. PolyWhey began as collaboration among farmers, furniture makers and scientists at the University of Vermont to expand the value of Vermont agricultural and forestry industries. Vermont Natural Coatings produces a complete line of internal and external finishes that are sold throughout North America.

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