Fisher-Barton Invests In New Materials Lab

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18 August 2011—The Fisher-Barton Group, a world-leading diversified industrial manufacturer, is pleased to announce the grand opening of a new materials testing lab located at one of the company’s Watertown, Wisconsin locations. This state-of-the-art facility houses a full range of the most up-to-date instruments available for the microscopic, chemical, and mechanical analysis of metals and other materials.

“Our new materials research lab enables us to better serve our customers by helping them develop new and better products more easily and cost-effectively,” said Dick Wilkey, CEO and founder of the Fisher-Barton Group. “The lab is a powerful tool with unique, comprehensive testing capabilities that deliver only the highest-performing products to our customers.”

Capabilities within the lab include scanning electron microscopy, X-ray, fluorescence and diffraction, and drop-weight impact testing. The new 1,800-square-foot lab serves all seven independent Fisher-Barton subsidiaries.

Fisher-Barton’s materials testing lab ribbon cutting attendees included from left: Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Tom Warriner and Lynn Lapp; Jeff Russell, vice president of Business Development for the Fisher-Barton Group; Greg Wilkey, president of the Fisher-Barton Group; Jim Abbey, president of Fisher-Barton Specialty Products, Inc.; Dick Wilkey, CEO and founder of The Fisher-Barton Group; state Rep. Chris Kapenga, 33rd Assembly District of Wisconsin; Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, Senate majority leader; Ron Krueger, city of Watertown mayor; Alderman James Romlein, city of Watertown, 9th District; Kim Erdmann, executive director, Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce, and Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Carmen Winkelman.

About the Fisher-Barton Group

The Fisher-Barton Group of independent companies includes Accurate Specialties, Fisher-Barton Blades, Fisher-Barton Specialty Products, Thermal Spray Technologies, Fisher-Barton South Carolina, Lineage Alloys, and Zenith Cutter. Business unit products consist of industrial knives and accessories, lawn mower blades, agricultural knives, power transmission components, stampings, thermal spray coatings, and heat treated weldments for the agricultural, outdoor power, medical, recycling, and solar power industries.

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