CINCINNATI - Michelman, a leading global manufacturer of performance-enhancing coatings, acquired Fischer Pro, Inc., of Keokuk, Iowa. Fischer Pro is a leading manufacturer of non-skid coating products for corrugated cartons, tier sheets and multiwall bags. The acquisition includes the manufacturing operation located in Keokuk, all intellectual property and sales.

According to Cindy Padilla, Michelman's CFO, "Fischer Pro has an excellent reputation in the market for quality and customer service, and is extremely well managed. This acquisition will allow us to deliver even greater value to our customers of non-skid coatings." Adds Don Wiseman, VP Global Operations, "The acquired technology includes an efficient process for manufacturing colloidal silica dispersions of specified particle size, which may hold significant potential in other applications."

Brad Fekete, president at Fischer Pro, has joined the Michelman team as manager, Silica-Based Coatings.