Vulcan GMS

May 21, 2010 14:37 ET

Vulcan GMS Strives to Turn Lead Into Gold

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwire - May 21, 2010) -  Vulcan GMS, Inc. (, a supplier of lead products, has been a sponsor of the USA Luge Team since 1990. In addition to a half dozen World Cup and Challenge Cup crowns, the team won a bronze medal in the 1998 Nagano Olympics and a silver medal in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. "Our lead weights, which are put in body suits and sled pods, help lugers achieve their ideal racing weight," says Chuck Yanke, the company's CEO. "Winning a 'gold' is all about how fast you can accelerate to close to 100mph."

Yesterday, Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin, long-time members of the Luge Team, attended a celebration at Vulcan's headquarters in Milwaukee. Meeting with sponsors comes with the territory and yesterday's event was bittersweet for Grimmette, 39, and Martin, 35. Both retire this year. "It's meaningful for us to have sponsors who share our passion for the sport. But in addition to financial support, Vulcan also helps us develop the best equipment to compete with. That's a contribution on another level," says Grimmette.

According to Yanke there are significant benefits to Vulcan that result from Luge Team sponsorship. "Being associated with the Olympic team is inspirational for our employees. Getting to know the athletes through our sponsorship and their visits brings us into contact with their competitive spirit. I think a lot of that spirit has rubbed off over the decades and become a very real part of what drives us to be our best."

Yanke may be right. Vulcan has grown its business 423 percent since 1990, the year it commenced its sponsorship. "You could say that's another way the inspirational spirit of the Luge Team helps us turn lead into gold," he says.

About Vulcan Global Manufacturing Solutions:

Vulcan Global Manufacturing Solutions is a leader in the manufacture of custom radiation shielding and parts made from lead, tungsten, high-density plastics and non-lead metal polymers. ISO 9001/2008 registered, VulcanGMS is a provider of components and assemblies for some of the world's largest equipment companies. The company specializes in the medical, security, explosives and aviation industries.

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    1400 W. Pierce Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53204
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    Muskegon, MI 49441
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