AMECO USA Creates Presidential Backdrop for the Ronald Reagan Memorial Statue at Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C.

CLEVELAND, Feb. 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AMECO USA, a Cleveland, Ohio based custom metal fabrication company, produced the crescent-shaped backdrop for the prestigious Ronald Reagan Memorial Statue installation at Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. Adorned with an eagle head motif and the words Ronald Reagan, the 40-foot long, 10-inch thick stainless steel arched wall weighs 8,000 pounds (4 tons) and curves inward towards a 9-foot tall bronze sculpture of President Reagan. The backdrop took eight weeks and 500 man hours to complete at AMECO’s 50,000 square-foot plant. Made of polished stainless steel plate, this piece has superior corrosion, rust and stain resistance and will remain looking beautiful and untarnished for many decades.

According to AMECO USA president Michael Perkins, the vision for this project began when the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation commissioned Chas Fagan, an acclaimed American sculptor, to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of President Reagan’s birth with an outdoor piece. AMECO USA was selected by a member of the project’s artistic design team for their ability to take on high profile projects of this magnitude, in addition to their engineering and metalworking expertise.

“The entire AMECO family is honored to be a part of this landmark installation,” stated Perkins. “In addition to AMECO USA, there were many other people and suppliers involved with this successful and meaningful project.” AMECO’s participation began with receipt of architectural drawings which they then converted to solid-model fabrication drawings. The company also determined the precise location and spacing of the letters, and calculated the curvature of the heavy stainless plates. “AMECO USA did the cutting, forming, plate rolling, and welding at its Cleveland plant. We then shipped the entire backdrop to the National Airport in Washington D.C. by way of a drop-deck flatbed truck where it was joined with the sculpture and high-tech lighting to create a lasting tribute to our 40th American president,” added Perkins.

The dedication ceremony was held on November 1, 2011 at the monument’s permanent location: the exterior entrance of Reagan National Airport’s Historic Terminal A. The Airport serves about 18 million travelers per year.

The entire installation, including the statue and backdrop, was funded by money raised through private donations to the Reagan Foundation.

Founded in 1992, AMECO USA is a full-service custom manufacturer that specializes in innovative methods to design and build metal products. Capabilities include high-definition CNC plasma cutting, plate forming, punching and robotic or manually welded steel, stainless, high carbon (HSLA), nickel alloy and molybdenum. The company’s expert welders, fabricators and machinists hold a variety of industry certifications, issued by the American Welding Society (AWS), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In addition, AMECO USA offers engineering services, material testing and inspection, and process consulting. Notable projects include stay cable bridge suspension systems as seen at the new Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge, located in San Diego, California, as well as the I-280 Maumee River Bridge, located in Toledo, Ohio.

For more information, contact Tom McLaughlin at AMECO USA at or phone (440) 899-9400. The AMECO USA Web site is found at

Agency contact: Sally Stevens, Executive Vice President, Stevens Strategic Communications, Inc. Phone (440) 617-0100 ext. 202, E-mail

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[Image] Ronald Reagan Memorial
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