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Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration helps restore World War II-era aircraft carrier

The carrier was heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) - This summer marks the 75th Anniversary of the USS Intrepid. 

It's a World War II-era aircraft carrier that is now home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. 

Back in 2012, the carrier took a big hit from Hurricane Sandy.

The storm did extensive damage to the vessel as well as the museums Welcome Center. 

One local company played a huge part in the clean up of the Intrepid. 

Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration took on the enormous task of renovating the entire structure. 

Some of the work included drying the entire power substation, which was very detailed job because of the ships complex control panel. 

They also had to ice blast all of the electrical components.

"It was an exciting job in terms of, I've gone back years since as a tourist and I can pull up pictures. I walk into the Welcome Center and talk to some of the employees and I'm flipping through my phone and showing them pictures of what it looked like when the water receded. It a neat talking point it's neat thing to say that we have done," said Vice President of Marketing, Josh Contraguerro. 

Panhandle also steam cleaned the entire Welcome Center and Guard Station as well.


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