Fisher-Barton Group Acquires Zenith Cutter Co.

Waukesha, Wis. (June 17, 2011) – The Fisher-Barton Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of Zenith Cutter Co.  Operating as an independent division of the Fisher-Barton Group of companies, Zenith Cutter is positioned as one of the leading providers of industrial knives and accessories to the converting and recycling markets.  With manufacturing and distribution facilities located in Loves Park, Ill., and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Zenith provides products for processing equipment utilized in the converting, corrugated, plastics, recycling, textile, tire, tree care, roofing and wood industries.

“The Fisher-Barton Group of companies is world-class when it comes to their metallurgical expertise, and shares our passion and commitment to making customers successful by providing them with the highest quality products possible,” stated John Mink, president/chairman of the board, Zenith Cutter Co.

Fisher-Barton Chief Executive Officer, Richard Wilkey stated, “All companies within the Fisher-Barton Group are committed to addressing the customers’ needs in all possible ways.  We are confident that the synergies gained through the addition of Zenith Cutter will prove to be very beneficial to the domestic and international markets that we service.”

Founded in 1973, Fisher-Barton is the largest OEM supplier of lawn-mower blades and agricultural knives in the world.  Prior to the Zenith Cutter Co. acquisition, the Fisher-Barton Group consisted of six business units located throughout the United States: Fisher-Barton Blades, Inc., Fisher-Barton Specialty Products, Inc., Fisher-Barton South Carolina, Inc., Thermal Spray Technologies, Inc., Accurate Specialties, Inc., and Lineage Alloys, Inc.

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.

For media inquiries, contact Thomas Parsons of Zenith Cutter Co. at, (815) 639-3238 or Dawn Kearney of Fisher-Barton Group at, (262) 522-2257.

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