Austin Powder Company announces new regional structure and leadership

BEECHWOOD, OH — Austin Powder Company (APC), is pleased to announce that their US operations are now structured into two new distinct regions that will be led by Reed Sapp, executive general manager – eastern region and Bob Giovando, executive general manager – western region. Both roles will report into Jason Rawlings, president of Austin Powder Company and will be part the company’s executive leadership team.

“Please join me in congratulating Reed and Bob on their new roles,” said Rawlings. “We are establishing the Eastern and Western Regions to strengthen our organization and leverage Austin Powder Company’s focus on supporting our customers in quarrying, mining, seismic and construction with our national footprint.”

Sapp joined Austin Powder Company in January of 1997 as President, Southeast Division. In 2011 he was promoted to Corporate Vice President of Sales with responsibility for the company’s quarry, construction and seismic businesses.

Prior to joining APC, Reed was employed by Atlas Powder Company/ ICI Explosives for 12 years where he held various progressive management roles. Reed attended Penn State University as well as Robert Morris University where he earned a BS in Business.

In his new role as Executive General Manager — Eastern Region, Reed will lead Austin Powder’s Appalachian, Great Lakes, Midsouth, Northeast, and Southeast Divisional companies with Tom Cochran, Barry Anderson, Matt Landis, Bill Beno and Mike Harms directly reporting to him.

Giovando, started his career with Austin Powder in April of 2002, working on special projects for Dave True. Giovando became a Divisional President in 2003 with responsibilities for five APC locations: Stendal, IN, Madisonville, KY; Reeds Spring, MO; Farmington, MO and Montrose, MO. Over time, his leadership responsibilities expanded to the oversight of 11 APC locations.

Giovando obtained his BS in Mining Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla (UMAR) and an MBA from Southern Illinois University. He spent over 10 years in the coal industry working in numerous positions including engineering, procurement and operations. He then worked another 10 years for an ammonium nitrate manufacturing company providing products and services to the coal fields in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia.

In his new role as Executive General Manager – Western Region, Giovando will lead Austin Powder’s Central States, South Central, Western and Mining Divisional companies, with Brad Splitt, John Burrows, Steve Harris and Jeff Fowler directly reporting to him.

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