With a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Inman, SC, mayor Cornelius Huff, Hubbard-Hall officially opened its newly-renovated lab on November 30. The company has invested over a half-million US dollars in the renovation, adding 40 percent more capacity for the product development of specialty chemicals for metal finishing. This increases space in the facility by 1,000 sq ft. With additional benches and an expanded pilot lab, the company will also increase its technical service capabilities. Hubbard-Hall (headquartered in Waterbury, CT) acquired the former peach-packing facility in Inman in 1974 and has steadily reinvested in the plant. A small expansion in 1978 was followed by a million-dollar modernization in 1995. The facility currently employees 27 people and includes manufacturing, customer service, purchasing and sales as well as technical service.  “From a tech service and product development point of view, we want to be our customers’ best supplier, and to do this we need a best-in-class lab” said president and CEO Molly Kellogg. “Investing significant dollars behind our people and our products just makes sense. We go to market as a service company – using chemistry and expertise to help manufacturers improve their bottom line.” Equipment in the new R&D lab includes an ion chromatography unit, a FT-IR, an atomic absorption spectrophotometer and a Karl Fischer water analysis unit. The pilot lab houses two corrosion chambers that allows multiple ASTM corrosion tests to run simultaneously, spray wash cabinets, multiple tank lines to mimic customer processes, a vibratory bowl and a line to test the company’s black oxide product line, Black Magic. www.hubbardhall.com