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    WATERTOWN, WIS – Fisher Barton today announced that Scott A. Hoffman has been named CEO of the company, a Watertown-based group of eight businesses that has operations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas and Vietnam.

    Scott A. Hoffman

    Hoffman, who previously was Vice President of the Municipal Products Group at Neenah Enterprises, Inc. and President of the Wise Company, a Memphis-based seating system manufacturer, fills the post that has been held on an interim basis since July by Craig Smith, who will return to his position as President of Fisher Barton TST in Sun Prairie.

    Hoffman has more than 30 years of leadership experience, largely in casting, stamping, and precision machined products in the heavy truck, marine, and foundry industries and has a track record of success in sales and marketing, supply chain, and product development.

    “Scott’s record of leadership and demonstrated expertise in the manufacturing sector make him an ideal person to lead our organization,” said David Wilkey, Board Chair of Fisher Barton. “He understands the advantages that a well-run family business offers both to its associates and customers as well as to the communities in which it operates. We are pleased to have him join our team.”

    “We also appreciate Craig’s efforts while we conducted a search for our new leader. He has served us well, and we are glad that he will continue to be part of our leadership team by guiding Fisher Barton TST in Sun Prairie,” said Wilkey.

    Wilkey added Hoffman’s selection came after a national search and that the Fisher Barton Board is confident that he will be a strong leader who can nurture and leverage the benefits of a successful manufacturing business and its eight operating companies.

    “Scott is the right person at the right time who can lead Fisher Barton’s operating companies to continued success in a post-COVID-19 marketplace,” Wilkey said.

    Besides serving as President at the Wise Company and as a senior executive at Neenah Enterprises, Hoffman also was a Vice President at the Brunswick Boat Group’s operations in Poland and Vice President and General Manager at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac. He also served as President of a Brunswick unit in New Zealand and as Vice President of Supply Chain for the Mercury Marine Group.

    “I am honored to have been selected to lead the team at Fisher Barton at this critical time, and I look forward to working with such a talented group of people,” said Hoffman. “I am especially grateful for the steady hand of Craig Smith during these past four months. He has led the Fisher Barton Group admirably since July, and I am glad we can count on his continued contributions to our growth and success.”

    About the Fisher Barton Group — The Fisher Barton Group consists of eight companies – Fisher Barton Blades, Fisher Barton Specialty Products, Fisher Barton TST (Thermal Spray Technologies), Fisher Barton Zenith Cutter, Fisher Barton Lineage Alloys, Fisher Barton Metkraft, Fisher Barton Accurate Specialties, and Fisher Barton Technology Center. Fisher Barton combines years of experience across multiple industries to deliver unparalleled innovation. Its world-class talent understands the behavior of materials and develops leading-edge solutions that meet the unique needs of its customers. The Fisher Barton Group is more than a source for high-quality parts; Fisher Barton is a resource for the highest quality solutions found – anywhere. For more information, visit

  2. Accurate Specialties visit from 33rd Assembly District Representative Kapenga

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    (July 26, 2012) Accurate Specialties Inc., a composite gear manufacturing company and one of eight subsidiaries of The Fisher Barton Group, hosted a visit from State Representative Chris Kapenga and fellow campaign supporters on Thursday, July 26, 2012.

    Representative Kapenga chose the 33rd District Fisher Barton location to announce his candidacy for the State Senate, which is being vacated by Senator Rich Zipperer. The Accurate Specialties stop was the first of four visits to companies within his district on Thursday at which he made the same announcement and received operational tours.

    During his speech, Representative Kapenga extended his gratitude to Dick Wilkey, Fisher Barton company founder, for his confidence and support of Wisconsin business. “When I met Dick a few years back, he was worried about the future of our state’s business economy. Then we began to prove that Wisconsin IS in fact open for business with a strong and durable economy backed by government support, and Fisher Barton committed to a multi-million dollar materials laboratory expansion. I was happy to be a part of the grand opening of this new lab last August, and in addition, this $1.5 million dollar machine behind me was made in Wisconsin, for a Wisconsin business, and will help add more jobs in Waukesha and Wisconsin.”

    Accurate Specialties and The Fisher Barton Group are primary sponsors for the 2011 Wings Over Waukesha Air Show.

    Accurate Specialties and The Fisher Barton Group took a lead role in the Wings Over Waukesha Air Show. In the past, the event was a static display event without flying performers other than some formation fly overs rides for purchase in vintage aircraft. However, 2011 marked the first time in 30 years that Waukesha County Airport, formerly Crites Field, held a full air show.

    The performers included wing walkers, aerobatic flyers that included John Mohr in a stock 1942 Stearman, Jim “Fang” Maroney in his Super Chipmunk, Dave Dacy and Tony Kazian performing wing walking routines in a Super Stearman, and Dr. Bill Blank in his Super Decathalon.

    The event was held for the purpose of bringing visibility to the Waukesha County Airport and its use by the General Aviation community generating income and value for Waukesha County. Nearly 20,000 patrons attended the event. The Fisher Barton Group headquarters and Accurate Specialties facility, both located across the street, are committed to an active role in our community. We urge everyone to support their military and the history of aviation through events such as this.