Fisher-Barton: Opens new materials research lab

Houses full range of up-to-date instruments to help develop new, better products for customers

WATERTOWN, Wis., Aug. 2, 2011 – The Fisher-Barton Group, a world-leading diversified industrial manufacturer, hosted the grand opening of its new $2-million, state-of-the-art materials research laboratory today in Watertown, Wis. The new lab houses a full range of the most up-to-date instruments 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. Fisher-Barton has built a 40-year tradition of research and innovation that drives customer success. Our new lab continues that tradition by supporting even greater innovation with a much wider range of materials than previously possible.”

The lab’s capabilities include scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectrometry for high-magnification imaging, and elemental and chemical characterization; X-ray fluorescence and diffraction for analyzing complex, unknown bulk samples, and identifying the elements and crystallographic structure of the sample, and; drop-weight impact testing that produces a highly-sensitive time history of applied force and deformation during a test.

The new 1,800-square-foot lab is located at the company’s Fisher-Barton Specialty Products division in Watertown, Wis. The lab serves all seven of its independent subsidiaries.

About Fisher-Barton Group

The Fisher-Barton Group of independent companies leverage their materials expertise and world leading process innovations to manufacture high value components for a variety of markets, including agricultural equipment, converting equipment, outdoor power equipment, medical device, recycling equipment and solar power. 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 more information, visit or view our company video on YouTube.

Included in ribbon cutting photo (from left to right):
Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador
Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador
Jeff Russell, VP of Business Development-The Fisher-Barton Group
Greg Wilkey, President-The Fisher-Barton Group
Jim Abbey, President-Fisher-Barton Specialty Products, Inc.
Dick Wilkey, CEO and founder of The Fisher-Barton Group
State Representative Chris Kapenga-33rd Assembly District of Wisconsin
Senator Scott Fitzgerald, Senate Majority Leader-State of Wisconsin
Mayor Ron Krueger-City of Watertown Mayor
Alderman James Romlein, City of Watertown-9th District
Kim Erdmann, Executive Director-Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce
Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador

Dawn Kearney
The Fisher-Barton Group
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