On November 10, 2021, the Eastern Pennsylvania & Mid-Atlantic ISEE Chapters hosted a Blasters Training event at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA. Nearly 130 individuals attended the 1-day training.
The event featured an impressive lineup of speakers including Danny Ray Leach; Steve Shivak, International Society of Explosives Engineers; Ken Eltschlager, Office of Surface Mining; Dave Millett, Enaex USA; Patrick Todey, Austin Powder Co.; R. Frank Chiappetta, Blasting Analysis International, Inc.; Joe Nawrocki, Dyno Nobel, Inc.; Tamara Whitaker, RAM, Inc.; Lon Santis Mine Safety & Health Administration; Douglas Rudenko, Vibra-Tech Engineers, Inc.; Jay Elkin, Wampum Hardware Co.; Josh Hoffman Institute of Makers of Explosives; Justin Banks, Dyno Nobel, Inc.; Ravi Sahu, Strayos Inc.; Evan Thibaud, PNEU Wave Consulting, Inc.; Steve McIntyre, J.H. Fletcher & Co.; Kirk Whitaker, Dimension Supply, Inc.; and Rick Lamkie, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The presentations discussed the newest technology and best practices in the industry.
Additionally, Alpha Safety USA, Dimension Supply, Inc., DRW Associates, Inc., East West Drilling, Epiroc, Gill Rock Drill Co., Inc., International Society of Explosives Engineers, Inc., Mincon, MTI USA, O-Pitblast, Orica USA, Pennsylvania One Call System Inc., R.A. McClure Inc., RESPEC, Sauls Seismic, Stemlock, Inc., Strayos, Terra-Mechanics, Inc., Vibra-Tech Engineers, Inc., Wampum Hardware Co. and Yazoo Mills, Inc. were exhibitors.
Special thanks to Dimension Supply, Inc., DRW Associates, Inc., East West Drilling, Gill Rock Drill Co., Inc., Orica USA, Strayos, Terra-Mechanics, Inc., Vibra-Tech Engineers, Inc. and Wampum Hardware Co. for sponsoring the training event this year.