Skip-Line acquired Research Derivatives, Inc in 2014. Original announcement article below.
Skip-Line, Inc. is pleased to announce that we have recently acquired Research Derivatives, Inc.
Herbert Hartman, owner and founder of Research Derivatives, passed away on August 20th at the age of 91. Herb was an early pioneer in the road marking industry. He grew Research Derivatives almost single-handedly since its inception in 1967. Herb will be missed. His obituaries can be found here: https://www.sacbee.com/2014/08/25/6653911/obituary-electronics-expert-william.html
One of Herbert’s primary concerns before his passing was ensuring that his loyal customers would receive support for their existing road marking controllers once he was gone. He wanted his customers to be in good hands for their future road marking needs. Rather than dissolving Research Derivatives, he asked Skip-Line® to take over the business he built so his customers would be taken care of.
Skip-Line will honor Herb’s wishes and welcome the Research Derivatives’ customers into our family. We will provide our renowned customer support as we service and repair the Research Derivatives controllers for as long as their components are available. When repair isn’t an option, we will work to find an alternative state-of-the-art Skip-Line product.
Please feel free to contact Skip-Line with any questions concerning this acquisition. If you are a Research Derivatives product owner, feel free to send us your road marking electronic controllers for evaluation and repair by Skip-Line’s trained staff.