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Meet the Austin Family

Imagine having a mission, a common purpose so important that it drives and motivates a united workforce to succeed. At Austin Powder, we are a family. We are here for a reason. Our company is a privately held company run by a great family. They have a long-term view of the business and our decisions are driven by our strategies and our values. This has proven to be a successful approach as we leverage the Power of Family with our customers, employees, and other stakeholders. We are guided by our values and the way we do our work matters and will never be compromised.

John Rathbun, President & CEO

“The Power of Family is a phrase that captures the magic of Austin Powder. If you look at our logo you can see that right in the center, it says Austin, and that was a family name. You can go around the world and see people, with pride, wearing the Austin logo. When we talk about One Austin, we talk about relying on each other, around the world, to help us be the best powder company we can be.”

John Rathbun
Pavel Hrbac

Pavel Hrbáč, Sales Director, Czechia

“In our company, a salesperson should know a little bit of everything. They need to know what price to offer, how our products are made, and how they are used in the field. They must also be endowed with empathy to know how to attract the customer."

Chris Proctor, Director of Corporate Operations, United States

“Superior products and service is only about half of what you’re getting when partnering with Austin Powder. It’s about treating each customer as if they are part of our family fabric as well. It’s being available and looked to as a resource for more than just blasting and product needs. Our company has been around for nearly 200 years and has seen so much, we have a wealth of knowledge and resources within our family that allows us to bring much more to the table than a typical supplier. It’s our attention to detail mindset, big picture thinking, and authenticity that build the foundation to support our lasting relationships.”

Chris Proctor
Adela Krchnakova

Adéla Krchňáková, HR Specialist, Czechia

"I have an amazing team of people around me, and as our Austin Powder values say - We believe in lending a hand and not just when it´s convenient, but when it is needed. I never thought I could work for an explosives company, and now I feel it is the right way. I am fascinated by the final results of explosives and our contribution to the world around us."

John Newton, President Central Canada

"Safety at Austin Powder is the number one concern with everything that we do, from the hiring through all the training that we get before we step onto the bench and every day from then on in, safety is the number one concern from the beginning of the day to the end."

John Newton
Furaha Mbilinyi

Furaha Mbilinyi, Blaster & MMU Operator, Tanzania

"Being the only female employee in a group of more than 50 men, I cooperate and dwell well with them. I feel very comfortable amongst the group to the extent that I have been selected to be their safety representative at our site."

Alberto Barda, Open Pit Truck Operator, Argentina

“I like the camaraderie at Austin Powder and the fact that there are good relationships between all of us who are part of the company, leaving aside the hierarchical level that each one occupies. It makes me feel part of this great family that is Austin Powder.”

Alberto Barda
Hafizuddin Safri

Hafizuddin Safri, Assistant Technical Manager, Malaysia

"Safety is our First Priority. With good practices and quality products, we help our customers be more efficient and blast safely. If we don't feel safe doing something, we don't do it. We want to ensure our customers know that we, as an explosive provider, are concerned with their welfare as well as their production efficiency."

Vanina Vannucci, Environmental Analyst, Argentina

“Working in Austin has helped me to grow as an operator and a professional. I’ve gained new perspectives that I might never have thought of by myself.”

Vanina Vannucci





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