Friday, September 13, 2013

WARDJet Z-2543 Honored to be Used to Etch Names for 9/11 Memorial

During the anniversary of September 11th, Americans everywhere pause to remember the great tragedy that struck our nation twelve years ago.  Many honor the 9/11 victims by visiting the memorial in New York City at Ground Zero. If you have had the privilege to visit the memorial since its completion, you will know that it is marked by a large park surrounding two sunken pools that were built in the footprints of the Twin Towers. The memorial pools are ringed by 152 brass plates etched with the names of those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Flight 93 and from the first World Trade Center bombing in February of 1993.
The task to cut the 2,982 names from the memorial’s brass plates was awarded to Service Metal Fabricating, a family-owned business in New Jersey. Each carefully chosen brass plate was 10 feet long by 5 feet wide, ½ inch thick and weighed more than 1,000 pounds. In order to cut each of the names without damaging the brass, Service Metal Fabricating used abrasive waterjet technology, specifically a WARDJet Z-2543.
WARDJet is humbled to have been chosen as the brand of waterjet used to etch the names of the 9/11 victims at the World Trade Center memorial in New York City. As an American company with all our waterjet manufactured in the USA, we are privileged to know that one of our machines was instrumental in the fabrication of a memorial that testifies to the determination and strength of the citizens of the United States.
PBS recently released a documentary about the World Trade Center memorial, and a brief segment covers Service Metal Fabricating and their waterjet cutting process. Click here to view the special; WARDJet’s Z-2543 and Service Metal Fabricating is featured at the 39 min, 30 sec mark. To learn more about the WARDJet Z-Series, visit the Z-2543 webpage.

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