Summary: Manufacturing Solutions Group (MSG) was entrusted by the National Park Service with the monumental task of developing a Turf Protection System for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. The project was vital following a $40 million renovation of the National Mall. Facing a stringent five-month deadline, MSG rose to the occasion, leveraging its vast expertise in plastic molding, metalworking, and contract manufacturing. The result was a million square feet of durable, high-quality panels, safeguarding the national green space and delivering the project on time.


Industry: Industrial Manufacturing
Category:
Large-Scale Tooling and Molding
Processes: 
Conceptual Design, Injection Molding, Assembly

In 2016, after completing a $40 million renovation of the National Mall, the National Park Service faced a new dilemma: how to protect this freshly revitalized national treasure during the massive public gathering for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. The sheer volume of people expected to attend posed a considerable risk to the Mall’s pristine condition.

Given the scale and complexity of the task, the National Park Service needed a partner with a proven track record in large-scale manufacturing projects. MSG’s reputation for managing complex tooling and molding tasks efficiently made it the go-to choice for this high-profile assignment.

Understanding the gravity of this venture, MSG immediately employed its comprehensive skillset, ranging from conceptual design to tooling and final manufacturing. Working within a non-negotiable five-month deadline, the team decided to produce panels made from robust polypro and nylon materials. Each panel measured eight square feet, and the total coverage area amounted to a staggering million square feet.

MSG successfully delivered the Turf Protection System within the tight deadline, surpassing the expectations of the National Park Service. Not a single blade of grass on the National Mall was harmed, thanks to the durability of the panels. This project served as a testament to MSG’s ability to undertake and successfully complete massive projects on time, substantiating our reliability and commitment to quality.

Project Name & DescriptionTurf Protection Panels
 Capabilities Applied/Processes 3-D Design, Tooling, Injection Molding and Assembly
 Equipment Used to Manufacture Part1500 Ton Injection Molding Machine
 Overall Part Dimensions2 ft by 4 ft
 Tightest Tolerances ±.050
 Material UsedHigh Impact Polypro, Nylon
 Material FinishTextured
 Industry for UseEntertainment
 In Process Testing/Inspection PerformedImpact Testing, Assembly Inspection
 Volume1,000,000 sq ft
 Delivery/Turnaround Time5 months start to complete
 Delivery LocationWashington, DC – Presidential Election
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