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Fred W. Gartner founded the company in 1923. During the 1940's, Fred Gartner, Jr., a recent inductee into the ITSA Hall of Fame, helped pioneer a new industry now known as 'thermal spraying.' In 1957, he replaced his father as President and led the company for 36 years, insisting on the highest standards of product quality and service, and creating a culture of technical innovation and leadership that defines what F.W. Gartner stands for to this day.

Michele Falzon, a fourth generation family President, ran FW Gartner up until its acquisition by Curtiss Wright Surface Technologies (CWST) in January 2013.

A proud member of the CWST family, F.W. Gartner Thermal Spraying has been servicing and providing cutting edge industrial coating solutions to a wide range of industries since 1923. Our Houston, TX client base includes some of the largest multinationals in the world, expanding the demand for our services and technologies to the global stage. Our unique combination of capabilities and broad product offering provide a logical solution to many OEM and O&R application requirements. As the market has evolved we have diligently and relentlessly adapted our business to be highly capable and responsive to our customers needs.

The optimization of surface properties for new and ever more demanding applications continues to challenge our customers. F.W. Gartner is a strategic partner with its clients in the development of new materials and processes to satisfy these emerging needs. FWG can also offer comprehensive machining and grinding capabilities as part of a turnkey service. By strictly maintaining quality and providing innovative solutions, F.W. Gartner has enabled its clientele to increase component life and improve reliability while reducing downtime and cost. This was the key to our success through most of the twentieth century; it continues today, and will continue to define F.W. Gartner into the future.