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Aircraft Carrier Town USA Contest

Thanks to everyone who participated in the inaugural Aircraft Carrier Town USA contest! This contest was created to honor the hard-working American communities that have a passion for and commitment to the U.S. Navy, including those who build aircraft carriers and serve our nation. The winning town was granted $2,500 from the National U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Month Committee in support of an educational, vocational or charitable cause of their choice.

Three finalists were selected for this year’s contest, and each did an outstanding job showing their town pride – earning public support from local community members, media and town officials. After a month of promotion and two weeks of public voting, one town was named the winner of the first-ever Aircraft Carrier Town USA contest — Sauk-Prairie, Wisconsin! Congratulations to Milwaukee Valve, the town's local supplier who nominated their town to be in the running.

Sauk-Prairie, WI has officially been named Aircraft Carrier Town USA 2018! Congratulations to Milwaukee Valve!

Located in Sauk-Prairie, adjacent to the Wisconsin River, Milwaukee Valve supplies crucial parts and valves for new construction of aircraft carriers. Milwaukee Valve has generously decided to match the $2,500 committee grant, contributing a total of $5,000 toward vocational programs at local Sauk-Prairie High School. The supplier partners with the high school to bring students in to educate them on many facets of manufacturing – from Research & Development to Product Engineering.

A special congratulations to our two runners-up as well, Reading, OH (nominated by General Tool Company) and Bellflower, CA (nominated by Dante Valve)! Overall, the committee sends a huge thank you to all our participating towns of this year’s contest and their incredibly supportive communities!

Aircraft Carrier Town USA Contest – Social Wall

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