Manufacturer’s Roundtable: Equipment Panel Discussion

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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.

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.


With a commitment to safety as its foremost value, BrandSafway provides the broadest range of services, products, and solutions, with the greatest depth of expertise, to the industrial, commercial and infrastructure markets. A portfolio company of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, BrandSafway offers access, industrial services, and forming and shoring solutions to more than 32,000 customers through a workforce of approximately 35,000 employees, who support our network of 350 strategic locations across 30 countries, including 240 locations in North America. With its global footprint, rigorous operating processes and extensive service offerings, BrandSafway supports customers’ maintenance and refurbishment needs as well as new construction and expansion plans.


Since 1944, Marco has developed a strong tradition of providing innovative and reliable products and services to the surface preparation and protective coatings industries. We are the world’s premier provider of abrasives, blasting, coating, dust collectors, engineered systems, rental, safety, service, repair & modernization, and vacuums. Through innovative designs and a total commitment to quality, Marco manufactures products that increase production rates, create a safer workplace, and reduce maintenance costs. Marco’s industry experience, manufacturing capabilities, legendary customer service, product availability, logistics services, and technology leadership is your assurance that we deliver high-quality products and services, providing the best value to you, our customer.


As a leader in spraying technology, Titan manufactures and markets a full line of professional-grade sprayers for applying a variety of coatings. Titan products include airless and air powered paint sprayers, fine finishing sprayers, sprayers for applying texture, roofing and corrosion control and protective coatings, and line stripers for sports fields and asphalt. For nearly half a century, contractors and maintenance professionals have relied on Titan products for world-class, end-to-end solutions that are dependable and easy to use. Visit

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.


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.


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

This webinar is a panel discussion featuring equipment manufacturers responding to real-time polls from contractors. Topics discussed include renting vs. buying large-scale painting equipment, the benefits of in-house equipment support, qualifying a potential rental house and how environmental concerns inform suggest what equipment to purchase.

Originally presented on Nov. 14, 2019, at Technology Publishing Company's Contractor Connect Event, this panel discussion featured panelists Russell Roden, President, ADI; Bill Nelson, Vice President Sales and Business Development Manager, Axxiom Manufacturing; Brent Luedtke, Director-Business Development, Brand Safway; Kurtis Ohse, Marketing Manager, Clemco; Eric Rennerfeldt, Product and Business Development Manager, Graco; Bob Nash, President, Greener Blast Technologies; Greg Taney, Director of Sales, Marco; and Kevin Coleman, Market Manager, Titan.

Russell Roden, President

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.

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. Bill’s 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.

Brent Luedtke, Director - Business Development

Brent is the Director of Business Development for BrandSafway’s Infrastructure Services Group. BrandSafway is a leading provider of specialized services to the global industrial, commercial, and infrastructure end markets. Services include work access, forming and shoring, and specialty services, such as insulation, coating, fireproofing, and refractory.

Kurtis Ohse, Director of Marketing

Kurtis Ohse’s hands have touched every aspect of air-blast equipment marketing during his eight years at Clemco: product development and branding, customer needs analysis, event planning, and more. He helps develop equipment for real-world needs.

Eric Rennerfeldt, Product & Business Development Manager

Eric Rennerfeldt, Graco’s Product and Business Development Manager for Protective Coatings Equipment, has been with Graco for 20 years. Eric has experience with various fluid handling systems, in particular single and plural component spray equipment for protective coatings, and has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Bob Nash, President
Greener Blast

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 Bob decided to take a chance and opened Greener Blast Technologies, Inc., which has since grown into the global blasting market.

Gregg Taney, Director of Sales

Greg Taney has been in the surface preparation industry since 2004 in the manufacturing and distribution segment, joining Marco in 2016. Over the past 10 years, he's been heavily involved in the Offshore/Gulf Region coatings industry, working closely with several key facility owners and industrial contractors to help educate their coatings divisions through the integration of safety, efficiency, and production improvements.

Kevin Coleman, Market Manager

Kevin is the Market Manager over High Performance / Protective Coatings at Wagner – Titan. In this role he is responsible for understanding these types of coatings and assisting in the design, manufacture, and distribution of equipment to effectively apply the HPPC coatings. Kevin’s career and expertise has always involved high performance and protective coatings. His experience overlaps both the equipment to apply these coatings and the coatings themselves. Kevin has seen the evolution of high performance and protective coatings over several decades. The advancements are never ending, and the technology to correctly apply these coatings continues to change as well.

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