Our Beginnings

Sandpaper America was founded in 1987 by brothers Earl and Larry Powers. It was started with one main goal… to provide quality sanding products very quickly and at a fair price.

Earl was the sandpaper expert, having worked for 15 years in the abrasive industry. He traveled 10 states per week selling for a major abrasives manufacturer. He sold to converters and to the end users all across this great country. Larry brought financial knowledge to the partnership, having served as an executive and treasurer of a local printing company.

Sandpaper America, Inc. started in a small, 2 room office building. Together, Larry and Earl handled every phase of the business: from sales to service, to production and procurement. Within a few years their hard work paid off and now Sandpaper America is a prominent competitor in the sandpaper conversion industry. We still provide a quality sanding product at a fair price and we always strive to supply our valued customers in a very timely
manner.

In 2007 Earl retired. Larry Powers continued as the president, treasurer and sole owner of SAI right up to the date of the sale. Michael Carter is the sales and general manager and has been with the company since 2001. Ryan Faulkner is shop foreman and production manager, positions he has held with SAI since 2001.

The Pflums are grateful to Larry and Earl Powers for all of their hard work through the years to make Sandpaper America the success it is today. It is now their mission to pick up where the Powers brothers left off and see MJP & Company, LLC, dba Sandpaper America continue to grow and be a leader in the abrasive conversion industry.