TAYLOR, WISCONSIN – November 8, 2016 – Beginning this year, a previously unoccupied building in the Taylor Business Park is now home to Badger Mining Corporation’s (BMC) new state-of-the-art Research and Development Center. Renovations to the 5280-square foot building, which at one time housed an athletic apparel business and more recently was used for larger meetings and gatherings, began in September 2015 and were completed in early 2016. Final additions to the lab area continued until completion this past summer.
Before moving to this building, research and development for Badger Mining took place in multiple locations throughout the state of WI. “The new R&D Center allows our Team to be in a central location, as opposed to being spread out between multiple locations, which aids in ability to work together as a cohesive team,” says Erica Grant, research and development leader at BMC. “It also gives us the space to adapt to changes in the industries we serve, to bring in new equipment, and to perform tests that we have not conducted or were not able to perform in the past. There is currently 1450 square feet of lab space, with approximately 25% of the space open for new testing equipment.”
Advanced testing equipment surrounds associates of BMC’s Research and Development Team in this new location. Devices in the lab allow the Team to conduct many types of tests, such as measuring the capacity of a proppant sample to allow fluid to pass through it (conductivity testing), calculating viscosity of fluids in different conditions, sorting chemical species in a sample of mass, running crush tests with a steady ramp, creating small batches of new products for performance testing, and performing multiple unconfined compressive strength tests at one time.
Investing in a new Research and Development Center showcases Badger Mining’s commitment to the future. “With expanded R&D capabilities, we will be able to keep our current products optimized, while coming up with new ways to solve our customers’ problems,” says Grant. “R&D will help move the company into the future through innovation and diversification into new markets. Our world is changing at a rapid pace, and we have to change with it. By investing in research and development, BMC is proving that we plan to play an important role in our industry for many years to come.”