After 25 years in design and advanced process development segment of the automotive, OEM & Tier 1 medical, and appliance controls industries, Daniel A. Fox (Dan) continuously saw a need for a higher quality high-end coating application to meet specific application needs that included increased hardness, greater fracture resistance, reduced coefficency of friction, and reduced heat generation.
The answer, as it turns out, was laying in the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology's laboratories, which he found with the help of the Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology (RINTek). For over a decade they had been developing, testing, and improving the Hypersonic PlasmaParticle Deposition process. After review, Dan decided that an attempt to bring the HPPD process to commercialization should be made, and thus was the founding of the Rushford Hypersonic L.L.C.
With no companies currently using the HPPD process, in part because Rushford Hypersonic holds two patents integral to the process, or with the ability to produce a coating that matches the ability of Hypersonic's line of coatings, the company is in a unique, strategic position to be the front-runner in the coating market. Currently located in a 2,500 sq. ft. production facility, Rushford Hypersonic has the capability to expand as the business grows to profitability. Recent declines in the economic
environment as well as cost constraints that have grown due to energy costs
have created an increase in demand for better tooling, friction and corrosion reducing coatings. Rushford Hypersonic is excited to have the opportunity to apply the experience of those at the company to meet a need that can revolutionize that market. At the same time, it will continue to focus on the growth of the business, and always with a focus on the Entrepreneurial spirit that it was founded on.