World Leading Manufacturer Announces Multi-Million Dollar Expansion of Materials Lab

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The Fisher-Barton Group of Companies will construct an 1,800 square foot addition to the materials laboratory in Watertown, Wis. The new multi-million dollar advanced materials lab will feature a state-of-the-art electron microscope and chemical analysis equipment. A large part of the plant will be dedicated to mechanical and physical testing of new advanced materials. The expansion is expected to be completed by March 31, 2011.

Groundbreaking -- (from left to right) Richard Wilkey, Founder and CEO, Fisher-Barton, Inc.; Darrel Turner, Vice President of Engineering, Fisher-Barton Specialty Products, Inc.; Gregory Wilkey, President, Fisher-Barton, Inc.; Jim Abbey, President, Fisher-Barton Specialty Products, Inc.; Kevin Schmidt, Maintenance Manager, Fisher-Barton Specialty Products, Inc.

Our current materials lab has directly led to the development of our 16 materials-related patents...We have no doubt that the new lab will lead to even greater advances in our materials and coating technologies.

The Fisher-Barton Group of Companies, including Accurate Specialties, Inc. and Thermal Spray Technologies Inc., is pleased to announce the groundbreaking of an 1,800 square foot addition to the materials laboratory within its Fisher-Barton Specialty Products division located in Watertown, Wis. The new lab will serve as a group-wide resource for all five Fisher-Barton divisions to continue to drive ongoing materials and processing innovations. The expansion is expected to be completed by March 31, 2011.

The new multi-million dollar advanced materials lab will feature a state-of-the-art electron microscope and chemical analysis equipment. Additionally, a large part of the expansion will be dedicated to the mechanical and physical testing of new advanced materials. A major focus of the lab will be to further advance the group’s surface engineering technologies in a wide variety of markets.

Founded in 1973 by Metallurgist Richard Wilkey, the Fisher-Barton Group of Companies have used their materials expertise to become a world leader in the manufacture of high value components for mission critical applications in a variety of markets including solar power, outdoor power equipment, agricultural equipment, medical device, and power transmission.

“Our current materials lab has been the incubator for the advanced performance components that we have developed for our customers for the past 37 years. It has also directly led to the development of our 16 materials-related patents,” states Metallurgist and Fisher-Barton Group Vice President Jeff Russell. “We are excited that our past successes have allowed us to make this large investment and have no doubt that the new lab will lead to even greater advances in our materials and coating technologies.”

For more information on the new materials lab expansion or the Fisher-Barton Group of Companies, including Accurate Specialties, Inc. and Thermal Spray Technologies Inc., please contact Dawn Kearney at Fisher-Barton, Inc. corporate headquarters in Waukesha, Wis., dkearney(at)fisherbartongroup(dot)com or (262) 522-2257.

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