Abatron, Inc. formulates, manufactures, and sells an extensive line of products for building restoration, DIY repairs, casting and mold making, composites, and many other applications. Popular items include LiquidWood® and WoodEpox®, epoxy wood repair products, which have helped save thousands of structures, concrete repair products, metal repair products, structural adhesives, and protective coatings. Founded in 1959, the company excels at producing high-performance products supported by a trained technical staff and easily accessible customer support.
Abatron LiquidWood® and WoodEpox®
Meet the Sponsor: Marsha Caporaso, President of Abatron, Inc.
1) What attracted you to historic preservation and traditional building and architecture in the first place?
Building restoration and the materials used in historic structures have been life-long interests. Recognizing that architectural details can be lost due to age and neglect, led to an interest in finding products to save these details. Years ago I owned a three flat in Chicago which needed a lot of TLC. This led to the development of our wood restoration products, LiquidWood® and WoodEpox®. When our customers wanted products to remake plaster moldings and ornaments, we developed a line of mold making and casting compounds. Our products have been designed to meet customer requirements.
2) What are some of the projects your business has been involved with?
Our company has provided products for restoring buildings, and windows, for over three decades. The largest project, to date, has been the windows at the Department of Agriculture Building in Washington D.C. This project included thousands of windows and about 1,000 windows were restored each year. Other projects include Faneuil Hall in Boston, Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia, and Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin. Our products have been used on thousands of historic projects, large and small. We print a brochure listing many of the projects from coast to coast.
3) Are you involved with any nonprofits in the field such as Preservation Trades Network, APT, ICAA, the Preservation Education Institute, statewide or local groups?
We attend and/or sponsor activities of APT, Preservation Trades Network, American Institute of Architects, American Society for State and Local History, Main Street conferences, and many other state and local conferences. We also do workshops at our facility in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and for organizations and customers as requested.
4) What do you like about the Traditional Building Conference and webinars we produce and the magazines we publish?
We advertise in Traditonal Building because it has a very focused audience and is oriented toward products for period architecture. I continue to be amazed at the specialized and high quality products its staff finds to highlight. The Windows Conferences provide in depth information on not only what a specifier needs to know, but also how products are used and perform.
5) What types of clients do you work with? Residential, Commercial, Institutional? Do you work mostly with owners or with architects and contractors?
We focus on many different markets: architects, contractors, building owners, government agencies, resellers, and homeowners. Our first customers were specifiers, and that quickly expanded to the do-it-yourself market. We provide model specifications and technical support to anyone requesting assistance.