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A $2 million materials research and analysis laboratory in Watertown will have its grand opening Tuesday.

The Fisher-Barton Group, an industrial manufacturing company based in Waukesha, set up the 1,800-square-foot lab within its 100,000-square-foot Fisher-Barton Specialty Products plant, 1040 S. 12th St., Watertown. The plant makes heat-treated stampings and coated agricultural knives and blades.

Six people will work in the lab, including two new employees.

The lab will be used to "help develop new and better products for our customers," said Jeff Russell, vice president of business development. That could include components that are longer wearing, stronger and lighter, or less susceptible to breaking or corroding, he said.

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Judy Newman is a business reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.