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HK Research Refines Facility to Increase Capacity

Aug. 2006
HICKORY – Over the last two years, HK Research has streamlined their state-of-the-art production facility in Hickory, North Carolina. The fully-automated plant can currently produce 400,000 lbs. of gel coat per day. Composite Sales Manager Rick Graham said recent improvements should be considered refinements, rather than upgrades. “The refinements we’ve made [to our facility] have given us an increased capacity to accommodate our rapidly expanding marine business. In the past five years, we’ve grown faster than any other gel coat company,” said Graham. HK Research is based in Hickory, North Carolina, and has the largest facility in North America designed exclusively for premium gel coats. For more information, visit the website at, or call toll-free, 1-800-334-5975.

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David Higgins Now HK Research Vice President of Sales

Former National Sales Manager Promoted

Hickory, NC – Gel Coat manufacturer HK Research Corporation announces the promotion of David Higgins to Vice President of Sales. The company operates a fully-automated manufacturing facility in Hickory, NC, which produces polyester gel coats and resins, pigments and industrial coatings.

Higgins has been with HK Research since he graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1985. Formerly the National Sales Manager, Higgins’ promotion is due to his having put together an outstanding sales team which increased sales as well as our ranking” as a manufacturer of Polyester Gel Coats, according to HK Research President, Richard Higgins.

Recently, Higgins observed that while many in the polymer industry have had to downsize, HK Research is growing. In fact, the company has become one of the largest producers of Gel Coat materials in the world.

In his new position, David Higgins will have added budgetary responsibilities. As a Vice President, he also becomes a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

HK Research Corporation is American owned and operated in Hickory, NC. For more information, visit the website at, or call toll-free, 1-800-334-5975.

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HK Research Launches New Marine Industry Website

HICKORY, NC — HK Research, a leading gel coat producer in North America, recently launched a new website,  The site is dedicated exclusively to premium gel coats designed for the specialized demands of the marine industry.

One of the more prominent features of the new site examines HK Research’s latest innovation: High Definition™ (HD-series) marine gel coats, a new line of MACT-compliant marine gel coats specially formulated for high-quality exterior boating applications.

“We have been providing the marine industry with premium gel coats for years,” said David Higgins, Vice-President of Sales for HK Research. “This website reinforces our position as innovators in the manufacturing of marine gel coats,” he added.

Based in Hickory, North Carolina, HK Research has the largest fully automated, computer-controlled facility in North America designed exclusively for the manufacture of premium gel coats in the marine and composites industries. For more information,, or call toll-free, 1-800-334-5975.

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