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Major Gift Earmarked for Performance Plaza

Mayor Emily McFarland thanking the Fisher Barton team for their generous support of Watertown’s world-class square. Fisher Barton representatives include CEO Scott Hoffman, James McDevitt, VP Human Resources and long-standing Fisher Barton team members.
Mayor Emily with CEO Scott Hoffman and team

Fisher Barton, Inc. will be sponsoring construction of the main stage and lawn seating area of Watertown’s new Town Square. The Fisher Barton Performance Plaza encompasses an expansive green space skirted by a naturally landscaped area with boulder seating. Audiences of 250 or more can enjoy a solo musician, a multi-piece band, or dance/theatrical groups performing on the open air, elevated wood platform.


Scott Hoffman, CEO of Fisher Barton said, “I am proud to be making this donation on behalf of our team members here at Fisher Barton. We take a collaborative approach to manufacturing and exceeding customer expectations. We feel that same sense of collaboration with the community in facilitating impactful projects like the Town Square.”


“We are delighted to receive this sponsorship,” said Alex Allon, Executive Director of the Watertown Redevelopment Authority. Earlier this year, Fisher Barton sponsored a memorial bench on the Town Square to commemorate the production of its 300 millionth lawn mower blade and to recognize founder Richard L. Wilke. “As we talked, Mr. Hoffman expressed interest in being a larger support piece for the square in order to give back to the Watertown community,” Allon continued. “We are grateful for Fisher Barton’s gift and the lasting impact it will have.”


Fisher Barton started as Washington Co. Cutlery, relocating from Milwaukee to Watertown in 1906. By 1910, it employed between 50 ad 60 people. In 1974, Fisher Barton started manufacturing lawn mower blades at its original 1910 location. Throughout its 111 year history, Fisher Barton has led the industry by establishing the first metallurgical lab for research, patenting steel technology, and production of over 300 million lawn mower blades. Fisher Barton employs 144 people at its Watertown locations and is currently hiring for the next generation of history makers.


For information on sponsorships and current opportunities, please contact Alex Allon at (920) 567-8181 or aallon@cityofwatertown.org.


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