Fargo's Elinor Coatings wins Air Force materials research subcontract

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven speaks at the 1 Million Cups Reunion held Wednesday, Nov. 27, at The Stage at Island Park in Fargo. Hoeven and officials from Elinor Coatings announced that the Fargo firm has been contracted to do coatings research for the U.S. Air Force. (Special to The Forum)

FARGO - Fargo-based Elinor Coatings has received a $3.2 million Air Force subcontract to support the development of protective coatings for the nation’s aircraft, company officials and U.S. Sen. John Hoeven announced Wednesday, Nov. 27.

The announcement was made at the fifth annual 1 Million Cups Reunion event held at The Stage at Island Park.

Hoeven had secured funding in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget to support the research, and he connected Elinor Coatings with Air Force officials, his office said in a news release.

Elinor Coatings officials said the firm received the five-year subcontract from the University of Dayton Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio, and the Air Force Research Lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. It is part of a Department of Defense contract to research aerospace materials. Elinor’s research at the North Dakota State University Research and Technology Park will focus on aircraft corrosion and multi-metal primers.

Hoeven, R-N.D., is a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations committee. He joined Elinor’s CEO Holly Anderson and Chief Technology Officer Dante Battocchi in making the announcement.


“A big congratulations to them for using their technology to protect and benefit our nation’s military aircraft and ships,” Hoeven said.


Elinor Coatings researches galvanic corrosion and surface protection and offers consulting, formulation and coatings development services.
Hoeven praised North Dakota's robust start-up community, including Elinor Coatings.

Elinor Coatings' "technology showed clear benefits for the nation's military vessels, among its many other applications. That's why we worked to connect them with the Air Force and secure a contract that will seve as a major support in the company's future growth," Hoeven said in a news release.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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