One section of Robins Air Force Base will be safer, cleaner, and greener thanks to a new plant that opened Thursday.
The new metal facility cost $60 million, but base officials say its real value could be measured in lives.
Out with the old, and in with the new. The upgraded Metal Finishing Facility at Robins Air Force Base is more than an upgrade. It could be a lifesaver.
"It's less dangerous. The worker's not standing over the tank, he is operating the process from a distance."
Since 1970, the 573rd Commodities Maintenance Squadron's Plating Shop has worked out of a group maintenance facility. Base officials obtained funding to its own facility, improving both worker conditions, and worker morale.
The cutting edge facility will be more modern, but it won't just be form over function. While chemicals used in the old facility had the potential to harm the environment, things will be different in the future.
The move is necessary, but it's also complicated. Transitioning won't happen over night.
A move that keeps workers employed, and keeps them healthy, is well worth the wait.
Two years ago, a federal agency cited Robins Air Force Base for dozens of violations that may have exposed workers to toxic chemicals.
Robins officials says the new plant opened today was not in response to that. They say it's simply intended to ensure the safety of workers in the future.