Below is our recent interview with Brandon Acker, President at Titan Abrasive Systems:
Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to your company?
A: Founded in 1953, Titan Abrasive Systems designs and manufactures quality surface preparation, surface finishing and sandblasting equipment at an affordable price. In fact, Titan is the industry’s only manufacturer of abrasive blasting equipment to sell directly to their customers, resulting in significant savings. The company’s client base ranges from industry giants such as GE Aviation, the United States Army, and Lockheed-Martin to small businesses across the country in a wide spectrum of vertical markets. Titan prides itself on exceptional customer service, innovative engineering, and on-the-ground installers who ensure that the company’s blast rooms, blast cabinets, and other components are properly installed and working to peak efficiency.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your offerings?
A: Most people don’t know how many different applications there are for abrasive blasting. In fact, there are professionals in various industries who are unaware that abrasive blasting can be beneficial to their own operation and, ultimately, the quality of their finished products. There are some applications where the process is a given, such as preparing steel components before painting (in aerospace applications, for example); concrete surface restoration; and food process maintenance and cleaning. But many businesses don’t realize it can be used for warehouse cleaning; prolonging the lifespan of bearings, shafts and gears on virtually any piece of equipment; and graffiti removal. Abrasive blasting and shot peening provide uniform, precise finishes for metal surfaces while increasing the wear resistance, strength and surface texturing of the metal. Certainly, the general public is largely unaware of the many uses for abrasive blasting. They would probably be surprised to find out that the engraving on most monuments and headstones involves abrasive blasting methods.
Q: What advantages do you have over competitors in the industry?
A: There are a number of players in the abrasive blasting space; we are certainly among the smallest. Still, we enjoy some significant advantages over our larger competitors. Because of our smaller size, we can be more flexible and offer a greater level of product customization. Many of the bigger players are churning out the same products every day. We can take our core products and customize them to the specific requirements of each customer. What’s more, we’re also leaders in innovation. For example, we have a number of features on our blast cabinets that no one else has, such as a structural steel frame, leak proof doors, LED window frame lights, and 100% electrical controls.
Q: What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?
A: As mentioned earlier, we sell our products directly to our customers. This saves them considerable dollars and provides an unmatched level of product knowledge, especially since blast rooms and cabinets are not inexpensive items. To our knowledge, we are the only ones who operate this way. What’s more, all of our products are engineered, manufactured and built in the U.S. This is an important selling point for many of our customers who want to help keep jobs in this country and contribute to the improvement of the country’s economic standing.
Q: What can we expect from your company in next 6 months? What are your plans?
A: To be honest, more of the same. We will continue to innovate and create features in our blast rooms and cabinets that will raise the bar in our industry. We will continue to offer a level of customization that larger companies cannot or are unwilling to offer. We will also provide more online resources with knowledgeable, unbiased information to help customers and prospects make better choices when purchasing their blasting equipment – and to maximize the benefits that the equipment provides. Strategically, we are also interested in expanding the scope of our market base, exploring new end-user verticals that are underserved. If we do these things, we can expect to surpass the same rapid growth we’ve seen since our inception.