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Contradicting non-slag manufacturers’ false claims that glass abrasives are a “safe alternative” for blasting and contain “no toxic metals such as Beryllium, as found in slags,” an independent study commissioned by the Abrasive Blasting Manufacturers Alliance (ABMA) set the record straight by proving that all of the glass samples tested contained beryllium, in addition to [Read More]


Have you seen our updated Black Diamond Abrasive Products packaging? We redesigned our packaging to introduce the new brand, and we even incorporated customer feedback for an improved client retail experience. The new packaging is color-coded and designed to stack, with the product clearly labeled on the side panel. By early 2018, the new bags [Read More]

Meet Alison Whiteside: Galveston’s New Regional Manager

Alison has joined the U.S. Minerals team to grow our distribution of iron silicate abrasive products from the Galveston processing plant. With a focus on the Gulf Coast region, her intent is to nurture our existing regional distributors and bring in more new business with end-users. Throughout her career, Alison has grown an extensive professional [Read More]

Work, Play Color Contractor Connect Event

U.S. Minerals was pleased to attend the Contractor Connect event, presented by PaintSquare and Paint BidTracker. While participating on a panel discussion, U.S. Minerals CEO, Mike Johnston, attempted to dispel some of the misconceptions regarding the hazards of beryllium exposure during abrasive blasting operations. PaintSquare recapped the panel with photos and key takeaways. Read the [Read More]

U.S. Minerals Introduces New Quality Manager

U.S. Minerals has hired a new Corporate Quality Manager, Ifty Ashraf. Operating out of our corporate headquarters in Tinley Park, IL, Ifty is responsible for the company’s Quality Management System, policies, and initiatives. With nearly fifteen years of experience in a quality role, Ifty brings expertise in productivity, quality, and service improvements. He is a Lean Six [Read More]

ABMA Corrects the Record: OSHA’s Beryllium Rule

In response to the recent New York Times article about the Beryllium Rule, Under Trump, Worker Protections Are Viewed With New Skepticism, ABMA identifies the lack of distinction between differing forms of beryllium and the consequential effects of presenting information in this misleading way. ABMA also separates myth from reality as this Rule relates to [Read More]

PaintSquare Featured Perspective: OSHA’s Overreaching Beryllium Rules

On January 9, OSHA finalized a sweeping set of beryllium rules. In a PaintSquare article, Mark Mummert of Mummert Environmental Consulting, Inc., provides a valuable perspective on the new regulations and calls on the industry to repeal these rules before they ever go into effect. To view the full article, click here.        [Read More]

U.S. Minerals announces new President and CEO

Michael Johnston succeeded Fred Vukas effective February 16, 2015 as President and CEO. Mr. Johnston held various senior leadership positions within the manufacturing and service sectors. Mike has held leadership positions at a number of General Electric business units as well as Black & Decker, Philips Consumer Electronics and two privately held companies. Fred Vukas [Read More]

U.S. Navy adds U.S. Minerals Anaconda, MT Facility to QPL

U.S. Minerals is pleased to announce that the Black Diamond, Iron Silicate Abrasives manufactured at the company’s Anaconda, MT location have been added by the U.S. Navy to the Qualified Products List MIL-22262B, AMD-2. Black Diamond abrasives are also approved for use by the California Air Resources Board. The product is available in a variety [Read More]

why do customers choose U.S. Minerals?


Our strict quality controls and more than 35 years of experience mean that our product performs as expected, every time.


With seven manufacturing plants located throughout the United States and a nationwide network of distributors, we have the capacity to supply you anytime, anywhere - including the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and throughout the world.


We are committed to providing the value you expect and deserve.