For over 50 years, Kreissle Forge has been utilizing hot-dip galvanizing for the corrosion protection of their ironwork. The harsh, tropical Florida environment can wreak havoc on unprotected steel structures. Considering the wide variety of shapes, sizes, and materials that are used in their structures, hot-dip galvanizing (HDG) is the most suitable corrosion protection system and easy to specify.
The majority of the ironwork that Kreissle fabricates, and all ironwork that is planned to stay in the state of Florida, is hot-dip galvanized for corrosion protection. George Kreissle realized the benefits of HDG early in his iron working career. This is exemplified by the galvanized assembly he mounted outside the front door of his business. The assembly, a small tubular frame with solid bar scroll holds a sign extolling the benefits of galvanizing. "This panel was made and hot dip galvanized in 1950...it was never painted . please note not a spot of RUST after all these years of Florida exposure." Now in 2013, iron in the free zinc layer has started to oxidize on the piece, however there is still 3 mils of zinc in this area.
AGA Excellence in Hot Dip Galvanizing Lifetime Achievement Award Submission