HK Research Names New Technical Director



David Higgins, VP – Sales and Marketing, HK Research
908 Old Lenoir Road, P.O. Box 1809, Hickory, NC 28601
(800) 334-5975 • (828) 328-1721

HICKORY, NC — HK Research, America’s leading gel coat expert, has announced that it has promoted Brannon Pittman to the position of Technical Director.

“Brannon’s responsibilities will include the development of the products and the technologies that will keep us well ahead of our competition and continue our leadership in the industry,” said Richard Higgins, President, HK Research. “He will also be responsible to assist with improving our overall efficiencies as well as well as direct product improvement.”

As Technical Director, Mr. Pittman will be responsible for the direction and leadership of new product and new technologies development in the R&D and color laboratories, existing product improvements and quality control of incoming raw materials and outgoing products. He will also assist production to achieve better efficiencies while improving quality and will lead the Technical Service Team.

Prior to being promoted to Technical Director, Mr. Pittman was the Technical Services Manager for HK Research. He has a degree in chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University and worked five years as the Quality Control/Environmental Manager for a fiberglass boat facility. In 1998, Mr. Pittman joined HK Research as a chemist/laboratory technician and, within a few years, was added to the Technical Service team while still working in the lab.
He mentored under former Technical Director Glen Wigington for more than 12 years, then was promoted to Technical Service Manager in March 2012.

Based in Hickory, North Carolina, HK Research has the largest facility in North America designed exclusively for premium polymer coating manufacturing.
HK Research’s fully automated facility produces the world’s most advanced, consistently reproducible coating products for marine, aerospace, transportation and pool and spa industries. Barrel to barrel, HK Research’s coatings deliver superior protection that lasts, maintains a new appearance longer, and adapt easily to the production process, saving time and money on every run.

For more information on HK Research or their products, visit their new website or call (800) 334-5975. Visit for additional personnel announcements as HK Research continues to expand its footprint in the composites industry.