Martinsville Bulletin: Hardide Coatings praises area during opening

Bulletin photo by Ben R. Williams: City and county officials were among those present for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of Hardide Coatings.

March 4, 2016

By BEN R. WILLIAMS Bulletin Staff Writer

U.K.-based advanced manufacturing firm Hardide Coatings celebrated the grand opening of its first U.S. plant in Martinsville with a ribbon-cutting on Thursday.

About 50 people were in attendance at the event, including Hardide CEO Philip Kirkham and Hardide Chairman Robert Goddard, both of whom had traveled from England for the event.

Hardide, Kirkham said, uses a unique, patented process to apply a hard-wearing, flexible coating to metal components. The process dramatically extends the life of the components, he said.

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