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The Vixen Team Spread Knowledge across the Atlantic

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Rick Paul, Vixen’s American distributor and founder of ‘’, recently had the opportunity to visit our head office, based in Teesside, in the North East of England.  Not only was it his first visit to our factory, but it was his first time meeting all of the Vixen team face-to-face, after months of correspondence over email.

Little did Rick know; he was going to meet Ian Yearsley, Vixen’s most experienced sales engineer.

“Just when I thought I had seen it all, met all the good people there and ate some really great food, along came the godfather! Ian is not just a great source of knowledge for the entire blasting world, but he’s a great guy as well. We hit if off right from the start. I was amazed at all the projects he had been involved in all over the world. Aidan (Vixen’s president and founder) and I spent hours learning from him.”

Ian has over 55 years of experience within the wet blasting industry, beginning his career at just 24 years old! Fortunately he has been part of the Vixen team for some 25 years and counting, as our special projects engineer - bringing with him a passion and enthusiasm for the industry like no other, along with an abundance of vital knowledge.

Ian corresponds with customers throughout the manufacturing process, from design stages through to the final finish. And, thanks to his expertise surrounding our products, he is often brought in to contribute towards Vixen’s export projects.

Rick himself has worked in the surface preparation industry for over 30 years, gaining experience in both wet and dry blasting projects and special build projects alike. 

Rick was lucky enough to have Ian as his mentor for a couple of days, looking to develop his knowledge and hone his skills - although 

Ian gave Rick some useful guidance in terms of machine modifications, and advising on gaining the perfect finish according to application.

Rick said; “I have to say, in my 37 years of business travel I cannot think of a single trip that was on par with this one. The folks at Vixen were wonderful and treated me like family. Over my five days at Vixen, I had the opportunity to work with the sales team and meet customers, sit down with management and work out strategies for the US, tour the shop and even work on rebuilding some pumps!

Seriously, great people, a great company and the godfather, I am counting the hours until I can do it all over again!”

Rick returned to the US, eager to return to work and put his new skills into practise.

The team here at Vixen are keen to continue spreading their wetblasting expertise across the globe. 


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