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HK Research Revolutionizes the Marine Industry with Vibrant and Lasting Color Gel Coats
August 28, 2018

High-end bass boat buyers demand performance and personalization. Equally important to being first to their fishing spot is the ability to customize their boats with the options and eyeappeal they desire, including dramatic color and shine. “It’s imperative,” according to Teresa Johnson, COO and co-founder of Phoenix Bass Boats, a premium manufacturer based in Winchester, […]

HK Research Announces Alliance with Scott Bader
May 8, 2018

HK Research Announces Alliance with Scott Bader Hickory, NC – HK Research Corporation, America’s leading gel coat expert, announces a Strategic Cooperation agreement with Scott Bader. Through this partnership, the companies plan to explore mutual interests in various markets, technologies and manufacturing areas to further strengthen their respective leading positions in the European and American […]

HK Research Names New Florida Technical Sales Representative
July 27, 2015

HICKORY, NC — HK Research, America’s leading gel coat expert, has announced that it has hired Mark Salemi as its new Technical Sales Representative in Florida. The majority of Mark’s emphasis will be working with Florida composites manufacturers, but the benefit of his knowledge will be an asset to HK Research nation wide. “Mark is […]

HK Research Expands Production Facility
June 24, 2015

HICKORY, NC — HK Research Corporation, America’s leading gel coat expert, has announced that due to a significant increase in demand for the quality products they manufacture, they recently completed an expansion of their Hickory, NC, production facility. “While efficiently manufacturing large quantities of whites and other bases has never been an issue, the current […]

HK Research Names New Technical Director
May 12, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: 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 […]

HK Research ReFlex Gel Coat Polymer Brings Pure Protection To The Marine Industry
February 17, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HICKORY, NC — HK Research, America’s leading gel coat expert, brings the marine industry unmatched protection with its new ReFlexTM polymer gel coats. ReFlex is one of HK Research’s Revolution® series of gel coat polymers, which represents one of the biggest innovations in marine coatings in over 70 years. “What makes ReFlex […]

HK Research’s MetalFlex Marine Gel Coat Polymer Delivers a Sparkling Performance
February 17, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HICKORY, NC — HK Research, America’s leading gel coat expert, brings new depths of protection and brilliant color to the marine industry with its MetalFlex™ polymer gel coats. MetalFlex is one of HK Research’s Revolution® series of gel coat polymers, which are an engineering of the polymer’s molecular makeup using a proprietary […]

HK Announces Appointment of Brannon Pittman to Technical Services Manager
May 2, 2012

We are pleased to announce that Brannon Pittman, veteran of 14 years of Gel Coat development and customer service at HK, has been formally promoted to Technical Service Manager for the company. His responsibilities will include assisting the field representatives where necessary, trial runs of products in composite plants around the country and providing the follow-up […]

HK Research Starts a Revolution in 2012
March 1, 2012

HICKORY, NC — HK Research, the industry’s gel coat expert, unveiled a new user-friendly, grafted polymer matrix named “Revolution” during the 2012 Composites Exhibition and Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. HK Research is confident that its new Revolution® polymer will live up to its name. “Polyester gel coat technology has changed very little over the […]

HK Research Corporation Announces HD™ – High Definition Gel Coats
December 8, 2011

March 12, 2007 Hickory, NC – HK Research Corporation is proud to announce its HD™ High Definition/High Performance Gel Coats. This new line of gel coats has exceptional depth and boldness and is offered in a spectrum of high definition colors. The HD™ Gel Coats are MACT- compliant gel coats that are ideal for boat […]

Ken Lore Named New Operations Manager
December 8, 2011

Jan. 2004 HK Research has named Ken Lore to the position of Operations Manager. Employed with the company since July, 2003, and a mechanical engineer by training, Ken brings his experience of more than 25 years in the pharmaceutical glass industry. He has managed all facets of production and quality systems. In his new role […]

HK Research’s Wigington Delivers a Shining Gel-Coat Seminar at ACMA Show
December 8, 2011

Oct. 2, 2003 Glenn Wigington went to Anaheim, CA for the American Composites Manufacturers Association’s COMPOSITES 2003 with a new purpose. As Technical Director for HK Research, he’d attended dozens of trade shows to gather information. This time however, his mission was to give information away, to educate his composites industry colleagues and spread the […]

HK Research Backs Emissions Guide
December 8, 2011

Jan 2004 In an effort to help composites manufacturers prepare for compliance with new air quality regulations, HK Research has co-sponsored the publication of Emission Control Strategies: A Guide for Composites Manufacturers. “This booklet is meant to be a reference guide for the composites manufacturer. It will afford quick access to new regulations their businesses must […]

HK Research Sponsored Boat Wins National Championship
December 8, 2011

Oct. 2003 Team Donzi added another jewel to its offshore racing crown by capturing the 2003 National Championship in the highly competitive American Powerboat Association Racing League Super Vee classification. Carrying forward the momentum of a wildly successful re-entry into powerboat competition in 2002, the #193 Team Donzi Super Vee, co-sponsored by HK Research, made […]

Lab Manager Killian Delivers Seminar at Polycon 2004
December 8, 2011

Feb. 2004 The festive atmosphere of Mardi Gras provided the perfect setting for Polycon 2004, the largest annual convention and trade show for representatives of the cast polymer industry. Joining in the revelry, 820 convention-goers filled the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans from February 19-21 to visit with exhibitors, network with colleagues, and attend educational […]

HK Research Makes Significant Investment in New Production Technology
December 8, 2011

April 2004 HK Research Corporation recently announced several major facilities improvements already under way. “We are updating our computer control capabilities as well as adding new mixing and production equipment in order to increase throughput efficiencies,” stated David Higgins, National Sales Manager. Like most efforts to improve productivity, the principle of working smarter is the […]

Technicians Broaden Nationwide Service Area for HK Research
December 8, 2011

Jun. 2006 HICKORY, NC – Leading gel coat manufacturer HK Research recently expanded its nationwide coverage with two technical sales representatives and one technical service representative. Based in Georgia, Technical Service Representative Greg Greene brings 24 years of experience to the southeastern region. In the Midwest, 20-year industry veteran Glen Stewart joins the sales department. […]

HK Research Refines Facility to Increase Capacity
December 8, 2011

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 […]

David Higgins Now HK Research Vice President of Sales
December 8, 2011

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 […]

HK Research Launches New Marine Industry Website
December 8, 2011

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 […]

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HK Research President Richard Higgins Inducted into “PCMA Circle of Honor”
December 15, 2011

Oct. 18, 2002 Richard Higgins-CCT, President of HK Research, was selected as a member of the Piedmont Cultured Marble Association (PCMA) Circle of Honor during its “Hands On” Multi-Regional meeting in October at Comar Inc. in Pelion, SC. “It’s truly an honor to be included in this distinguished group,” Higgins says. This recognition is currently […]

HK Research President Richard Higgins’ Article “The Skinny on Low-HAP Gel Coats” Published in Cast Polymer Connection
December 15, 2011

Jan/Feb, 2003 “The Skinny on Low-HAP Gel Coats” article courtesy of International Cast Polymer Association Cast Polymer Connection. view PDF   Return to News

HK Research Voted ICPA Supplier of The Year
December 15, 2011

Jan. 25, 2003 HK Research was voted “2002 Supplier of the Year” at the International Cast Polymer Association’s POLYCON national convention in Dallas, TX. HK Research received this honor for its assistance to the manufacturer base, and efforts that went above and beyond that of a standard supplier to the industry. Outgoing ICPA President Todd […]

HK Research Introduces New Low-HAP Deep Tone Accent Colors at IBEX
December 15, 2011

Feb. 5, 2003 During the 2003 International Boat Builder Exposition (IBEX), held in Fort Lauderdale, FL every February, HK Research introduced its new Low-HAP Deep Tone Accent Colors. This exciting, innovative product is a first for a gel coat producer, and the only accent color gel coat that meets the Marine MACT standard of 33% […]

HK Research Sponsors Team Donzi Powerboat
December 15, 2011

Feb. 2003 HK Research is a proud sponsor of – and major supplier to – Team Donzi’s entry into the American Powerboat Association Racing League. “Our involvement with the race team is a great opportunity to showcase the quality and performance of our gel coats,” HK President Richard Higgins says. The APBA is a 100-year-old […]

HK Research President Richard Higgins Speaks at Midwest Composites Conference Seminar
December 15, 2011

March 13, 2003 Richard Higgins-CCT, president of HK Research, joined a distinguished group of industry experts to conduct a daylong seminar at the Composite Fabricators Association’s Midwest Composites Conference in South Bend, IN, on March 13, 2003. The symposium, titled “Improving Gel Coat Cosmetics” offered an in-depth look at the recent advances in low-HAP gel […]

ACMA Honors NC Congressman for Legislative Efforts
December 15, 2011

May 7, 2003 The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), the world’s largest trade group serving the composites and cast polymer industry, has honored North Carolina Congressman Cass Ballenger with the “Legislator of the Year Award”. The award, which was presented by ACMA board member Richard Higgins, recognizes legislators who have consistently supported the goals of […]

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