NOvA Panel Project

Extrutech Plastics, Inc. located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin is pleased to have been part of such a great project, working closely with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory of Chicago, Ilinois, over the course of many years, from early testing and development to production. We are proud to have worked with such a dedicated group that made it possible to complete our part of this project in the required time and budget. With the first panel test samples starting in 2008 and development of specialized production, testing and quality control methods leading to a one of a kind design specific panel for this project.

Full production started in 2010 working three shifts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There was minimal down time over the course of the project with the last panels produced the end of 2013. Over this time Extrutech Plastics manufactured over 22,000 panels, each about 51 feet long 2 1/2″ thick by 25 1/2″ wide. Set end to end the panel would cover 216 miles. Enough to fill 396 semi-truck loads all shipped to Ash River in Northern Minnesota for assembly and installation in specially constructed building with the lower half cut out of solid bed rock.

Weighting in at over 15,000 TONS with a length of (78m) 256 feet long, (15.6m) 51 feet wide and (15.6m) 51 feet high the PVC Panels Extruded by Extrutech Plastics, Inc. is the largest PVC structure built in the world. Developed by Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory and Aragonne National Lab of Chicago IL; working in collaboration with numerous institutions, the US Department of Energy, the University of Minnesota and many companies from around the world over the course of many years. The NOvA project is in the final construction phase of completion.

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