Founded in 1959 and based in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Abatron Inc. specializes in the research, formulation, and manufacture of epoxy and related compounds. The business first produced compounds for industry, but in the early 1980s Abatron began to fill the demand for high-quality products used in the restoration of wood, concrete, and metal. Products such as Liquid Wood,® Metalfix,™ and Ferrobond™ were specified for architectural restoration and initially sold exclusively to contractors for installation, but they were soon available to end-users via retailers and the company itself.
Abatron products have been used in restoration projects nationwide, including those at Mount Vernon, the Statue of Liberty, James Madison’s Montpelier, Lincoln Home National Site, and Galena State Historic Sites, as well as at institutions such as the Cooper Hewitt Museum, Getty Museum, Illinois Railway Museum, and Garfield Farm Museum.
Abatron boasts an in-house mold-making shop where specialists create molds and castings of virtually any architectural features. The products used for such projects can also be purchased for do-it-yourself molds and castings. The company’s products are safe for users and the environment. To learn more, visit the website at www.abatron.com or phone 262-653-2000.
Bowen Technovation has a long-established successful track record designing, installing, and supporting systems and software for unique audio and visual experiences. The Indianapolis-based company was established in 1985, and since that time it has worked throughout the nation and worldwide with museums, science centers, planetariums, 2-D and 3-D immersive theaters, universities, schools, and other venues to produce exhibits; audio, video, and lighting systems; dome shows; and more.
Bowen Technovation provides, installs, and supports complete exhibit packages that can be as simple as one small kiosk or as vast as a 35,000-square-foot large-scale museum project. The Peoria Riverfront Museum and the Adler Planetarium are among the institutions with which the company has worked. Bowen Technovation has been involved in more than three hundred video and film projects, many of which have won prestigious national awards, including an Emmy.
The website at www.bowentechnovation.com tells more about the company. Bowen occasionally rotates out existing inventory of equipment and display products from demo accounts and offers them for sale at discounted prices. Nearly all are in new condition with warranty. You can watch informative videos from the 2014 Expo here.
Midwest Archaeological Research Services Inc. is a woman-owned, small business that conducts archaeological, historical, architectural, and archival investigations within the midwestern United States. The company has completed cultural resource overviews, management plans, surveys, testing, and mitigation projects on both prehistoric and historic sites in the region since 1986. Based in Marengo, Illinois, MARS Inc. provides governmental agencies and private companies with the information necessary to comply with federal and state historic preservation regulations and maintains an active research interest in the eastern United States. All work performed by MARS Inc. complies with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines: Archaeology and Historic Preservation. The July 2014 field school conducted by MARS Inc. combined people from McHenry County College, William Rainey Harper College, and Elgin Community College in work along the Rock River at the Macktown National Historic Site in the Macktown Forest Preserve, just south of Rockton, Illinois. Learn more about MARS Inc. at http://midwestarch.net/index.html.