Surface Prep Equipment: Key Attributes in Purchasing

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Graco Inc. supplies technology and expertise for the management of fluids and coatings in both industrial and commercial applications. It designs, manufactures and markets systems and equipment to move, measure, control, dispense and spray fluid and powder materials. A recognized leader in its specialties, Minneapolis-based Graco serves customers around the world in the manufacturing, processing, construction and maintenance industries. For additional information about Graco Inc., please visit us at

Greener Blast

Greener Blast Technologies, Inc. is a family owned and operated Boston-based corporation, manufacturing premium abrasive blasting equipment. Though this is a relatively young company, our extensive history, experience and knowledge of this technology shows much differently. With systems around the globe, Greener Blast has managed to solidify itself as a premier wet abrasive blast equipment manufacturer. It is through great pride and a constant desire to provide a top-tier product that GBT has and continues to grow at rates that exceed expectations.


When Schmidt® Manufacturing began operations more than 40 years ago; the founders shared a vision to introduce more productive equipment to the abrasive blasting industry that would also contribute to a smarter, safer workplace environment. With a team of dedicated, knowledgeable welders, engineers and staff, they produced a quality product that has come to be trusted worldwide. Axxiom® Manufacturing, Inc. is proud to be carrying on that vision and tradition. With hundreds of years of combined experience and resources, the people of Axxiom are able to design and manufacture vessels that continue to be unsurpassed in our industry.


CLEMCO — a leading global manufacturer of airpowered abrasive blast equipment — serves industry with performance-driven equipment solutions and specialty-application accessories. Contractors worldwide depend on CLEMCO equipment to clean, prep, and finish products and structures, from concrete and masonry to bridges, water towers, pipes, fabricated metal products, and structural steel. CLEMCO’s engineering expertise and global inhouse resources produce portable blast equipment, wet-blast and state-of-the-art robotic systems, NIOSH-approved respirators, blast cabinets, rooms, recovery systems, dust collectors, and dehumidification. ISO 9001:2008- certified.

Atlantic Design, Inc.

Atlantic Design, Inc. is a family owned and operated engineering and manufacturing company in Baltimore, Maryland. We offer a wide variety of custom-designed grit recycling systems, dust collectors, vacuums, classifiers, blast pots, air dryers, negative air machines, and replacement parts. Our rental fleet is comprehensive and regularly updated, and we are often the first point of contact when a customer is looking to sell their own used equipment. We have over 30 years of experience in the blasting and coating industry, and we pride ourselves in providing innovative and efficient solutions for our customers’ needs.

Marine Equipment Supply

MES is a nationwide marine and industrial blasting equipment rental house. MES has a wide variety of blast pots, dust collectors, vacuums, steel grit recycling & dehumidifying equipment in its rental fleet, with both electric and diesel-powered units. With over 200 units in the fleet and technicians on call seven days a week, MES is able to meet the demand for all preservation and industrial markets nationwide. MES also has over 800 in-stock products in multiple warehouses with fast, same-day delivery. We pride ourselves on having the industry’s highest level of expertise, quality, technology, and service.

When procuring surface-prep equipment, do contractors typically buy, rent or lease? Are distributors preferred over manufacturers? What attributes factor most into these decisions? This webinar was a panel discussion that took place on November 8, 2018 and will feature a live question and answer session with some of the panelists featured during the original presentation.

Bryce Gapinski, Product Manager for EcoQuip Abrasive Blasting Equipment

Bryce Gapinski has worked in both manufacturing and design engineering since 2012 and is currently pursuing a MBA from St. Thomas University.

Bob Nash Sr., President
Greener Blast Technologies

Bob got involved in the surface preparation community after spending a majority of his professional career as a construction supervisor. After a short time in sales, he quickly learned the industry’s wants and needs. From there, he decided to take a chance and opened Greener Blast Technologies, Inc., which has since grown into the global blasting market.

Bill Nelson, Vice President Sales, Business Development Manager

Bill is Vice President Sales, Business Development Manager for Axxiom Manufacturing, Inc. He is a recognized and well respected veteran of the abrasive air blasting industry with nearly three decades of experience at Axxiom and Schmidt. His extensive expertise is based on a thorough and detailed knowledge of “all things blasting,” beginning with his time supervising the production of Schmidt® equipment and continuing with his travels today to all corners of the globe where he sees abrasive air blasting in all its forms and variations. Bill is also a member of the management team at Axxiom, where he uses information from his interactions with customers worldwide to help shape the future of abrasive air blasting at Axxiom.

Pete Blackmur, Vice President of Sales

Pete Blackmur is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. He went to high school in Pebble Beach and graduated from California State University in Chico with a BS degree in International Business. In 1988, Pete joined CLEMCO Industries in Burlingame, California, as a customer service representative. He was promoted to export manager in 1991, when he moved to Washington, Missouri, and became responsible for sales to Latin America, Australia, and Japan. In 2003, Pete was promoted to the position of vice president of sales with responsibility for sales in North and South America. Pete and his wife, Elaine, reside in Washington, MO, and have two grown children. Pete is an avid golfer and New England Patriots fan.

Russell Roden, President
Atlantic Design

Russell Roden graduated from The University of Houston in 1983 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. However, his hands-on experience designing equipment began in 1981, as an intern at a local manufacturer, where he later became manager after graduation. In 1995, after moving to Maryland, he founded ADI.

Chris Keenan, Vice President

Chris Keenan is passionate about building relationships with his customers. With over a decade of experience with a blast and paint contractor and now on the other side as an equipment vendor, Chris is able to help contractors estimate and execute their plans, all within their budget.

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