Pinellas Plant, Largo, Florida

The Pinellas Plant's facilities occupied approximately 70,195 square meters (755,584 square feet) under roof on 40.4 hectares (99.9 acres). The General Electric Corporation (GE) built the original 161,000-square-foot facility in 1956.
The Atomic Energy Commission, DOE's predecessor, bought the facility in June 1957 and awarded a 25-year operating contract to GE that lasted until May 31, 1992. The Pinellas Plant, as it was named, continued to be used to engineer, develop, and manufacture components, such as neutron generators (triggers for nuclear weapons), to support the U.S. nuclear weapons program. DOE expanded the Pinellas Plant mission to produce multiple electronic and support components for other DOE programs. The expanded mission included the design, development, and manufacture of special electronic and mechanical nuclear weapons components, such as neutron-generating devices, neutron detectors, and associated product testers. Other work involved electronic, ceramic, and high-vacuum technology. Specifically, the expanded mission included the manufacture of thermal and long-life ambient temperature batteries, specialized shock-absorbing foam supports, ferroelectric- and glass-ceramic encapsulation materials, and Radioisotopically-powered Thermoelectric Generators.
The Department of Energy (DOE) transferred much of the Pinellas production capability to the Kansas City Plant in Missouri and the Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico.
Contractors: Lockheed Martin Specialty Components, Inc.(1992-1997); General Electric Company (1957-1992)
Se også: Plutonium ; tritium.


Pinellas Plant - Site Description / Marquis P. Orr, Paul J. Demopoulos, and Brian P. Gleckler.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2011. - 41 s.

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