Danko Arlington hosted ninety five Midshipmen from the US Naval Academy on February 18th, 2004. The plant tour was part of the Academy’s Material Science Class EM313 predominately for 2nd Class (Junior) Mechanical Engineering majors.
The course instructor, Professor Angela Moran, PhD from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, normally demonstrates metal casting principles in a small foundry located on the Annapolis campus. However, because of the severe flood damage caused by Hurricane Isabel in 2003, the metal laboratory was still unusable.
During the visit, Mr. John Danko provided a broad overview of the company and revealed to the Midshipmen, that they probably pass the company’s work every day on the way to the gym. In 1957, the company cast and machined two large six foot diameter aluminum flag pole bases in the shape of a ship’s capstan for the then new Halsey Field House.
Today, Danko Arlington’s castings are used in ship and submarine navigation, radar, fire control, missile, and aircraft applications, so undoubtedly the men and women will still continue to come across the company’s work after they graduate.
The Midshipmen concluded the visit with a deeper appreciation of foundries and how products made in them are a vital part of our Naval and military operations.