Retired Astronaut, COO of United Space Alliance Recognize Plymouth Tube's Trent Plant for Contributions to Space Program

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Four-time shuttle astronaut and United Space Alliance COO, Dan Brandenstein, visited Plymouth Tube Company's Trent Mill in recognition for the AL-6XN® tubing provided for NASA's Constellation program. Along with the acknowledgment, Dan also presented the Trent Mill a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of United Space Alliance, which is equally owned by the Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Four-time shuttle astronaut and United Space Alliance COO, Dan Brandenstein, visited Plymouth Tube Company's Trent Mill in recognition for the AL-6XN® tubing provided for NASA's Constellation program. Along with the acknowledgment, Dan also presented the Trent Mill a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of United Space Alliance, which is equally owned by the Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation. The certificate was presented for the contributions the Trent Plant makes towards the space program. Dan was born and raised in Watertown Wisconsin, roughly an hour away from the Plymouth Tube Trent Plant.    

Acquired from Crucible in 2007, Plymouth Tube's Trent Plant produces 1/8" to 4" diameter welded and welded and drawn stainless steel tubing including nickel and high alloys for a variety of applications. Primary products include mechanical, air cylinder, electropolished tubing, and specialty tubing products such as tubing for aircraft, sanitary, pharmaceutical, high purity, and nuclear applications.

Plymouth Tube Company's AL-6XN® tubing was chosen as the material for all fluid systems to be used on the new Constellation launch platform, an extremely corrosive environment. When using Plymouth Tube Trent's AL-6XN®, maintenance and time spent replacing tubes due to corrosion damage is greatly reduced. AL-6XN® is a superaustenitic stainless steel that has resistance to chloride pitting, crevice corrosion, and stress-corrosion cracking that is much superior to that of the 300 series stainless steels.

For more informaiton about Plymouth Tube visit: http://www.plymouth.com or http://www.plymouth.com/trent.aspx for more information about the Trent Plant.

About Plymouth Tube Co.
Headquartered in suburban Chicago with 10 manufacturing plants across the U.S., Plymouth Tube Co. is positioned for continued global growth supplying the aerospace, transportation, energy, and industrial markets. Over the last five years Plymouth's sales revenue has more than doubled due to market share growth and strategic acquisitions.

Plymouth Tube Co. is a global supplier of specialty carbon, alloy, nickel alloy, and stainless steel tubing for mechanical, pressure, boiler, and hydraulic applications. Steel, nickel and titanium extruded and cold drawn shapes are produced by Plymouth Engineered Shapes. Additionally, Plymouth Tube Co. Chicago Processing offers coil slitting as well as a wide variety of specialty edging options.

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