Guardair Corporation® Appoints New Director of Global Supply Chain – Mark J. Wysk

Guardair Corporation, the largest U.S. manufacturer of OSHA compliant safety air guns and pneumatic vacuums, is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Wysk as the new Director of Global Supply Chain. Mark brings 30 years of industrial purchasing management experience, including international sourcing, tool industry knowledge, and materials expertise.

In his new role at Guardair, Mark will support manufacturing through innovative sourcing strategies and optimizing cost-saving opportunities in conjunction with annual operating plans. His focus is building and strengthening partnerships providing true strategic relationships. "Mark's expertise in improving productivity, quality and efficiency of supply chain operations is a tremendous asset as we continue to grow" states Tom Tremblay, President of Guardair Corporation. "We are thrilled to have him join our team."

Mark was most recently the Corporate Director of Procurement at Simonds International.  Prior to that, he held the position of Senior Manager of Global Sourcing for Lenox.  Mark holds a MS in Engineering Management and a BS in Mechanical Engineering, both from Western New England College.  He currently serves as the President of the Institute for Supply Management of Western New England and has published articles in Supply Chain World Magazine and Cutting Tool Engineering.


 Guardair Corporation Appoints New Director of Sales – Elizabeth Courtwright

Guardair Corporation, the largest U.S. manufacturer of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliant safety air guns and pneumatic vacuums, is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Courtwright has joined the organization as its new Director of Sales.

Elizabeth brings to Guardair more than 20 years of experience selling in the industrial manufacturing industry. Elizabeth will focus on creating revenue growth through distribution, as well as in direct sales.

“We are very pleased to announce that after an extensive search, Beth Courtwright has accepted the position of Director of Sales at Guardair Corporation,” said Thomas Tremblay, President of Guardair. “Beth comes to us with a wealth of experience in the Industrial MRO space, and specifically within the tool business. Most recently she was the National Sales Manager for Makita USA where she led a nationwide sales team. Her experience working with some of our top distributors will be beneficial to her role here at Guardair, especially with our new products that are rolling out within the next few months.”


Guardair Corporation Appoints New Vertical Market Manager to Sales Department – Craig Schoen

Guardair Corporation, the largest U.S. manufacturer of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliant safety air guns and pneumatic vacuums, is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Schoen as the new Vertical Market Manager. Craig will manage growth of the AirSpade product line by focusing on the arbor and utility markets. In addition, he will support the Guardair product line within the industrial MRO market. 

Craig brings a wealth of experience to Guardair Corporation. Most recently he covered sales as Market Manager for Makita USA in the Northeast Market where he worked with many of the top Electrical and Gas Utility providers. He also worked with Government and Commercial account end-users in the arboriculture industry. 

“We’re excited to welcome Craig to the team,” said Beth Courtwright, Director of Sales. “With his vast experience and knowledge of the industry, we’re confident in Craig’s ability to bring the AirSpade product line to new heights. His relationships with some of our top distributors will be instrumental to his role here at Guardair.” 


Take Safety To Mach 2 With An Air-Powered Excavation Tool

When it comes to underground utility lines, what you can't see can hurt you. The Common Ground Alliance, an association that promotes efforts to reduce damage to underground infrastructure, estimates that there are more than 20 million miles of gas, electric, water, sewer and telecommunication lines buried underground in the United States. That's the equivalent of more than one football field's length of buried utilities for every man, woman and child in the nation. Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can lead to injuries and fatalities, property damage, service disruptions and costly repairs. Consequently, utility companies and contractors go to great lengths to ensure that their employees are taking the necessary safety precautions when working around underground utility infrastructure. Still, incidents continue to occur. Read full article by clicking below. 


AirSpade Introduces the HT144 for Shrubs, Bushes and Flower Beds

New, short barrel design simplifies close-up excavating work

AirSpade, a division of Guardair Corporation, announces the HT144 — a new, more compact compressed air tool that provides users with unparalleled safety and productivity. The HT144 is a great addition to the AirSpade family of pneumatic soil excavation tools. Harnessing the power of compressed air, the AirSpade Shrub Gun quickly and efficiently excavates soil that covers roots and other underground objects, without causing damage. Featuring a patented supersonic nozzle that generates airflow at Mach 2, the Shrub Gun fractures and dislodges the soil, leaving tree roots, cables, metal and plastic pipes unharmed.
“The Shrub Gun is changing the way arborists, landscapers and gardeners care for plants,” said Thomas Tremblay, president of Guardair. “We recognized a need to provide a more compact AirSpade tool to meet the varied needs of our customers and the Shrub Gun does just that. The growing season is a busy time for our customers, and with our powerful and efficient compressed air tools they can get the job done easier.”
The Shrub Gun is a powerful excavation tool operating at 60 cfm. It weighs less than five pounds with a maneuverable, two-foot barrel that makes it perfect for close-up work. While powerful, the Shrub Gun runs on a compressor small enough to fit in the back of a pickup truck and the portability allows arborists, landscapers and gardeners to bring the technology to bear in many new applications.
"I've been using the AirSpade for many years,” says Kevin Wedemeyer, certified arborist for C.L. Frank & Company. “This tool is powerful and safe. The technology behind the AirSpade makes our work so much easier. With that same technology and shorter barrel, the Shrub Gun is perfect for tough jobs that require us to get up close.”
The Shrub Gun is now available for purchase on the simple and secure airspade.com website. Customers can easily review the full AirSpade product line and select the ideal tool and accessories needed to take on any job.

About AirSpade
AirSpade, a division of Guardair Corporation, has been supplying air excavation tools to arborists, landscapers and utilities workers for more than 30 years. Manufactured exclusively in the United States, thousands of AirSpades are in use worldwide. Combining durability, safety, performance and operator comfort, AirSpade has become the undisputed industry standard in air excavation.


 AirSpade Announces New Utility AirSpade 4000 Series Excavation Tool

AirSpade, a division of Guardair Corporation, announces the new Utility AirSpade 4000 Series excavation tool. The new tool, designed with safety in mind, features AirSpade’s patented supersonic nozzle which utilizes compressed-air to produce a high-speed laser like jet which moves at twice the speed of sound for rapid digging in the toughest of soils. The tool serves as a safe and non-damaging alternative to traditional digging methods that puncture sensitiveair spade 4000 kits underground cables and pipes in soil-excavation applications.
Additionally, the Utility AirSpade 4000 Series’ high voltage insulated barrel and non- sparking nozzle provides a high-level of protection when working around underground electric and gas lines. It also bodes an adjustable rubber spray shield to protect operator form flying debris. Ideal for digging holes or shallow trenches for pipes or cables, the Utility AirSpade 4000 Series serves utility locating and repair, keyholing, potholing, valve box cleaning, and cable trenching applications to name a few.

Additional product features include:
• Ergonomic, aluminum handle with retractable stabilizer bar and integral air-pressure gauge 
• Insulated, 4 foot fiberglass barrel rated up to 300kV 
• Adjustable, rubber spray shield
• Non-sparking brass, supersonic nozzle, 105 and 150 cfm sizes available
• Accessories feature heavy duty, non-sparking brass, threaded connections
• Extensions available in 2, 3, 4, and 5 foot lengths
• Trigger guard prevents accidental actuation
• Made in USA

 About AirSpade, Division of Guardair Corporation
Founded more than 60 years ago, Guardair Corporation is a world-class manufacturer of safety air guns, syphon spray guns, pneumatic vacuums, and accessories. Guardair acquired the AirSpade product line in July 2008. All Guardair products, including AirSpade, are available through a nationwide and international network of industrial distributors and dealers. Guardair products are designed to maximize power, performance, and operator comfort, while meeting all applicable OSHA Standards. To learn more visit www.guardaircorp.com or call 1-800-GUARDAIR (1-800-482- 7324).