Posted September 4, 2019

Superior Abrasives announces personnel appointments

Tom Licata becomes Western National Sales Manager; Richard Pepera becomes Eastern National Sales Manager.

Tom Licata
Richard Pepera 

Superior Abrasives, LLC. enhanced their customer reach and support programs with new appointments in sales and service-related positions. In doing so, National Sales Management has been divided into Eastern and Western regions, improving accessibility and partnership management.

Tom Licata, formerly National & Key Accounts Manager, was named Western National Sales Manager where he will manage Central and Western regions, including Missouri and Southern Illinois, while also focusing on National-Based partnerships,

Within the Western National Territory are Central Regional Manager Michael Wyatt, and West Regional Manager Edison Oliveros, both with several years’ experience in industrial distribution and abrasives-specific sales management. Michael and Edison share their focus directly with Distributor-Partners and Industrial Manufacturer Representatives.

Richard Pepera accepts the Eastern National Sales Manager position with both Regional and Direct Territory Representatives east of the Mississippi. Included in the Eastern National Territory are Scott Hopkins, Regional Sales Manager, Chad Schmelzer, Ohio and West Virginia and Greg Kimpton, Michigan.

Transitioning from his role as Regional Sales Manager, Patrick Mathes has accepted the Program Manager position and will focus on client partnerships, e-commerce and customized buying programs for national partners. Patrick utilizes over 30 years of sales and marketing experience to align and establish continued growth plans.

Yaunce Long has been appointed to Applications Engineer, focusing on support and on-site evaluation of consumer process improvements, applications training, research and development, and quality assessment.

Superior Abrasives LLC is a leading manufacturer of abrasive tools for surface finishing applications. They manufacture a full lineup of products including quick change discs, flap wheels, PSA products, belts, shop rolls, cartridge rolls, and more, from their 100,000 square foot factory. For additional information, visit, email, call (800) 235-9123, or write to them at Superior Abrasives, LLC., 1620 Fieldstone Way, Vandalia, OH 45377.