Nevada Governor Sandoval Visits Dayton Plant
Barely two weeks after his inauguration ceremony, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval visited Northwest Territorial Mint and Medallic Art Company in Dayton for a one-hour tour.
Hosted by local project manager Rob Vugteveen, the Governor was introduced to the process of minting coins, medals, and medallions from making the sculpt through final packing and shipping of finished items.
Bullion Shipping lead Diane Hopkins let the Governor heft a 1,000-ounce silver bar and showed him the different denominations of silver bullion that we make for investors. She explained that we provide a wide variety of bullion products for those who wish to make large or small investments in precious metals.
Sandoval is a former United States District Court judge and Nevada Attorney General. He is the first Hispanic governor in the state’s history.
Press operator Juan Rodriguez let the Governor operate a 600-ton press to strike some medals for the Global War on Terrorism. He was very pleased to know that these were not only being made in the United States, but that they were being made right here in the state of Nevada.
Mike White in the Die Shop demonstrated the Janvier pantographs and the Datron CNC die-cutting machines, and Gordon Morrow and other members of the Finishing Department showed the Governor the careful handwork required to highlight the features of high-relief items.
In the Enameling Department, the Governor sat at one of the tables and carefully applied enamel to a Royal Navy coin. The Enameling staff said he did very well applying the color, and he joked that he might be looking for work there in four years if the Capitol job didn’t pan out for him.
Before leaving, Governor Sandoval thanked everyone at the Mint for their genuine warmth and hospitality, and he said that despite the difficult economic situations facing this state, businesses like Northwest Territorial Mint and Medallic Art Company are what makes him feel proud, hopeful, and excited about a bright future for Nevada.