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Austin Powder Company names new president

March 25, 2019  By Austin Powder Company

Jason F. Rawlings, president of Austin Powder Company. Austin Powder Company

Austin Powder Company, a leader in high quality explosive technologies and blasting services since 1833, is pleased to announce that Jason F. Rawlings has joined the company as its new president. Rawlings succeeds Dave True, a 43-year veteran of company, who will remain on to help ensure a smooth transition and will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.

“I am pleased that the search for my replacement brought Jason Rawlings to us,” True said. “His experience, personality and values will do well as he leads Austin Powder Company through this new chapter. I wish I were twenty-five again and joining Rawlings’ team!”

“At the end of a thorough and thoughtful search, we agreed that Jason Rawlings is a leader who exhibits a deep respect for what we do, and for our employees and customers alike,” added John Rathbun, president and CEO of Austin Powder Holding Company. “We are delighted that Jason has joined our company. Over time, he will assume the full responsibilities held by Mr. True.”

Rawlings comes to Austin Powder from Cummins Inc., a global power leader. He has an extensive background in general management in the mining, rail, and defence markets. In his last role, he led the sales efforts for the company, globally, as the executive director of sales and marketing.


“It is truly an honour to join the Austin family. The company has a rich history and an admirable culture steeped in family values,” said Rawlings. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues in the US to take on the exciting opportunities presented within our markets. In doing so, I look to continue our company’s fine reputation of understanding the details, as well as its strong reputation for managing relationships. It is this care that has allowed Austin Powder to exceed the expectations of our customers and partners.”

Austin Powder Company. Austin Powder Company, a subsidiary of Austin Powder Holdings Company, manufactures industrial explosives and accessories and provides technical and blasting services throughout the world. Founded in 1833, the company started with making black powder in the USA when the nation was young and expanding. Today, the company provides the global mining, quarrying, construction, and oil & gas industries with the highest quality products. Austin Powder Holdings Company, a private company, was incorporated in 1995 and is based in Cleveland, Ohio.

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