Empire Abrasive Equipment Company a leading producer of air blast equipment, has announced the acquisition of certain assets of Hoffman Blast Room Equipment, Inc., which declared bankruptcy in March of 2003. Since its founding in 1984, Hoffman had established itself as the leading supplier of blast rooms while producing over 1,000 units, some exceeding 120 feet in length. Larger blast rooms are typically employed in the building and maintenance of railroad cars, truck trailers, ship parts, construction equipment, bridge components and heavy machinery.
In operations relying on a heavy flow of single-pass abrasives to air blast large work pieces, the move up to an Empire room typically pays for itself in less than a year. By empowering users to switch from a one-pass abrasive, such as coal slag, to a durable abrasive that recycles many times, Empire rooms slash costs for replacing and disposing of blast media. Per-day savings on a media flow of over two tons exceed $400 in operating costs alone, not to mention the associated environmental and operator-safety dividends accruing from blasting within an enclosure designed specifically for the process.