Oregon company helping to restore U.S. Capitol dome

MEDFORD, Ore. — A company based in Southern Oregon is working on the restoration of the U.S. Capitol dome.

Dan Thomas told the Medford Mail Tribune that he started as a housepainter in 1979 in Central Point, and his company, F.D. Thomas Inc., now performs large-scale restoration work on airports and bridges around the country.

The company has engineering offices in Tacoma, Wash., and Sacramento, Calif., but the headquarters remains in Central Point.

Thomas says it will take two years to finish the work, a painstaking process last undertaken in 1959.

The Architect of the Capitol, the government office overseeing the $60 million project, says there are more than 1,000 cracks and deficiencies in the cast iron dome, made of nearly 9 million pounds of ironwork bolted together.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

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