Beryllium: Truths & Myths

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Test your beryllium knowledge in this quiz. Alison B. Kaelin, of ABKaelin, LLC, certified quality auditor and NACE-certified coating inspector, moderated while panelists provided additional information about this ongoing industry issue. 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.

Russell Raad, President
Abrasives, Inc.

Russell Raad is the president of Abrasives Incorporated, with offices in North Dakota and Minnesota, and home to Black Magic® Coal Slag. Russell started at Abrasives Inc. in 2006 as the GM, and became president in 2010 when he arranged the Employee Stock Ownership Plan to create an employee-owned business. Russell’s top priorities for Abrasives Inc. include supplying customers with superior product, service, knowledge and quick delivery. Abrasives’ approach to customer service is to answer every call with a live person, because details matter. Every time you call, you are talking with an owner at Abrasives. Relationships matter; knowing the customer and their needs is important to fostering a deeper relationship. Having a strong supply chain and hard-working employees who care are essential to success. By offering equipment, paint, and parts, we have a better understanding of the importance of availability and timeliness to projects. In his off time, Russell enjoys hunting pheasants and elk, hiking, and spending time with his wife, Marti, and kids, Skyler (3), Brinley (10) and Harley (13).

Dominic DeAngelo, Director of Sales & Marketing, Reed Minerals

Dominic DeAngelo is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Reed Minerals, a division of Harsco Corporation located in Camp Hill, PA. He is responsible for the sales and marketing of the BLACK BEAUTY® product family which supports the abrasives and roofing markets along with the development and implementation of global growth strategies for the division. Prior to Harsco, he held leadership positions with Owens Corning and the General Electric Company. He graduated from the University of Dayton, with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and completed his M.B.A. at Capital University. He is married with three children and resides in Mechanicsburg, PA, He enjoys running, travel and coaching his daughters’ soccer and basketball teams.

Allison Kaelin, Owner
ABKaelin, LLC

Alison B. Kaelin, CQA, has more than 30 years of public health, environmental, transportation and construction management experience in the coatings industry. She is the owner of ABKaelin, LLC, a provider of EHS, coatings quality assurance, consulting and related services to the protective coatings, construction, fabrication, and nuclear industries. Kaelin is a certified quality auditor and a NACE-certified coating inspector. She was a co-recipient of the 2016 Coatings Education Award, a co-recipient of the inaugural SSPC 2014 Women in Coatings Award, a 2012 JPCL Top Thinker, a 2012 JPCL Editor’s Award winner and an SSPC Technical Achievement Award winner in 2005. Kaelin is also a JPCL contributing editor.

Jason Vukas, VP, Sales and Marketing
U.S. Minerals

Jason began work in the abrasives industry as a college student working in a facility producing coal slag abrasives and roofing granules. He learned the business from the ground floor and developed an understanding of not only how the products were made but also the importance of quality and on time shipments. Upon graduating from North Park College in 1992 (BS, Biology) he moved on to a career in the environmental services field. He began work in the lab at Clean Harbors in Chicago and in 1994 he joined Pollution Control Industries. He held several key positions over the next 8 years at PCI in both sales and operations. In 2002 Jason was part of a group that acquired the assets of Stan Blast Abrasives and formed U.S. Minerals. He has spent the last 17 years as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing overseeing the company’s sales growth and expansion to become a leading supplier of abrasives to the surface preparation industry. He is married with two children and enjoys, travel, skiing and watching his kids compete in sports.


Abrasives Inc.

Abrasives Incorporated, with offices in North Dakota and Minnesota and distribution throughout the US and Canada, manufactures Black Magic Coal Slag and has for over 16 years. Made from lignite coal, which is only produced in a few places in the world, Black Magic is more aggressive and consistently sized for industrial steel prep application. The products are safer for the environment and worker health, which is why world-leading steel prep companies are increasingly turning to Abrasives Inc.


Harsco Corporation is a diversified industrial services company serving global industries that are fundamental to worldwide economic growth. The Company operates in three segments: Harsco Metals & Minerals, Harsco Industrial and Harsco Rail. The Harsco Metals & Minerals Segment is a provider of on-site services for material logistics and resource recovery from iron, steel and metals manufacturing. Harsco Minerals is an industry pioneer in the processing of mineral products for environmentally beneficial uses and is known throughout the industry for its high quality, high performance BLACK BEAUTY® abrasives, roofing granules and aggregates products.

U.S. Minerals

U.S. Minerals is a producer and supplier of Black Diamond Abrasive Products. Our grit hits harder and cleans faster. With uniform weight and gradation for fast-cutting strength, Black Diamond can get any job done. We supply coal slag, iron silicate, and a full selection of specialty abrasives products, in a comprehensive variety of granule sizes to achieve your target profile. Our nationwide network of plants and distributors means we can get you your product where you need it, when you need it. And our commitment to outstanding customer service is our promise to get your job done right.

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