Austin Powder geared for explosives, blasting growth with AIP investment

Austin Powder, a leading provider of industrial explosives and engineered blasting solutions, says that it has received a strategic investment from American Industrial Partners (AIP) to support and enhance the company’s growth strategy in partnership with Austin’s existing long-term ownership group and management team.

Operating in a safety critical and technical industry, Austin Powder has nearly 200 years of industry expertise that has enabled it to build a suite of integrated products and services for the blasting process. The company has only had four owners in its history, and the current ownership and management team has successfully expanded Austin over the past 40 years into a leading global operator. AIP’s financial and operational support and resources will help position Austin Powder for continued growth and success over the next decade, Austin Powder says.

Austin Powder President and CEO, John D. Rathbun, said: “We had been deliberately seeking an investor that would expand our ability to provide world-class explosive products and services, accelerate innovations, facilitate expansion into new territories and preserve our heritage and unique culture. Equally important was finding a partner that shared our values of safety, customer service, family and respect. We believe American Industrial Partners is an ideal partner for Austin as we move forward.

“We look forward to working with the AIP team as we continue to grow and differentiate our business globally. The partnership with AIP will support our efforts to continue to earn the privilege to serve our customers.”

AIP Partner, Justin Fish, said: “Austin Powder’s unique heritage and inspiring culture has stewarded the business to great heights while maintaining a strong core of safety, customer focus and family. We look forward to building upon Austin Powder’s tremendous legacy, investing in the growth opportunity ahead of us and enabling the company to continue delivering on its worthy and important mission.

”We look forward to partnering closely with the Austin Powder management team and the family of shareholders to chart the company’s third century of growth and success.”