September 15, 2014 – Member News

Haun Takes the Challenge

Eight branches of Haun Welding Supply participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to support ALS research. The first branch to participate was Syracuse, NY, which in turn nominated other branches and local companies to participate. They raised almost $2,000. Employees had a lot of fun, especially at the Buffalo branch where they used a forklift and 55-gallon drums filled with ice and water. See the video of this great company and community event here.

Haun Welding Supply’s Syracuse, NY branch

Watch video of Haun Welding Supply’s Buffalo, NY branch take on a forklift and 55-gallon drums of ice and water.

Haun Welding Supply’s Plattsburgh, NY branch

Tech Air Acquires Companies in Texas and California

Tech Air, based in Danbury, CT, acquired US Oxygen & Supply of Arlington, TX, a distributor of industrial, specialty and medical gases in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The company, which was founded in 2012, serves a wide range of customers and industries. Tech Air also acquired Specialty Air Technologies of Long Beach, CA, a wholesaler of high-purity specialty gases and mixtures with customers throughout the Western United States. These acquisitions give Tech Air entry points into the attractive Texas and California markets. Tech Air now operates through 25 branch and fill plant locations and is serving customers in the Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and West.

Indiana Oxygen Company Names President and Other Promotions

Gary Halter was named president of Indiana Oxygen Company, replacing Wally Brant, who is now the company’s chief executive officer. With the company since 2008, Halter recently served as vice president of sales. Prior to IOC, he was with BOC/Linde for 21 years. Mike Gunnels was promoted from COO to the position of senior vice president. With IOC since 2005, Gunnels was an Army officer prior to joining Airgas. Jay Brant, previously a regional sales manager, is now IOC’s chief information officer, and Anne Brant Hayes is chief financial officer. These changes took effect on September 1.

Gary Halter

Mike Gunnels

Derek Milner Joins Kaplan Industries

Derek Milner joined the national sales staff of Kaplan Industries. He will represent Kaplan in the Northeast, where he has over 30 years of experience in the welding, beverage and medical markets.

Osborn Parent Company Acquired

Quinpario Acquisition Corp. acquired Jason Incorporated, a global family of manufacturing businesses within the finishing, seating, components and automotive acoustics markets, and the parent company of Osborn. Quinpario will change its name to Jason Industries, Inc. David Westgate, who was chairman, president and CEO of Jason, will serve as CEO of the company. The Jason management team, as well as the teams in place within its business units, will remain intact. Headquarters will stay located in Milwaukee, WI.

Hypertherm Announces Succession Plan

Effective January 1, 2015, Evan Smith, Hypertherm’s president since 2012, will be assuming the role of CEO from Hypertherm’s founder Dick Couch. Couch will retain the role of executive chairman of the board and trustee of the Hypertherm Stock Ownership Program (ESOP). Current director of corporate social responsibility Jenny Levy will assume the role of vice president of corporate responsibility from Barbara Couch, who will retain her roles as board director and chair of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. John Brennan, Hypertherm’s director of distributor sales, will be retiring at the end of 2014.

O.E. Meyer Hosts Independent Distributor Group

IDA members visit Nasa’s Plum Brook Station. From left: Dave Spencer, OE Meyer; J.B. Winkle, Weldstar; Linda Standley, ILMO Products; Craig Wood, OE Meyer; Joe Winkle, Weldstar; Matt Winkle, Weldstar; Jim Quicksell, Toll Co; Chuck Allard, Toll Co; Curtis Towne, Depke Welding Supply; Tony Parrish, Evansville Welding Supply

O.E. Meyer hosted a meeting of the Independent Distributor Group (IDA) at its headquarters in Sandusky, OH. IDA is made up of 15 companies throughout the Midwest. The group meets twice a year at an annual meeting in Chicago and a summer meeting hosted by a group member. Attendees listened to a presentation from Sean Murray and Gary Rodgers of Worthington Industries. The group also toured the NASA Plum Brook Station site located in Sandusky.

Airgas Opens New Location in North Dakota to Service Bakken Shale Oil Region

Airgas opened a new location in Dickinson, ND, to enhance its local product and service capabilities for customers in the Bakken shale oil region, which is located in western North Dakota and eastern Montana and extends into Canada. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the formation produces more than one million barrels of oil each day. “Our product and service offering is tailored to meet the unique needs of customers in the energy industry, particularly in oilfield logistics and operations, well completions and production, and pipeline construction and maintenance, as well as customers involved in the fabrication of metal components and structures that are a critical part of the energy sector value chain,” says Airgas President and CEO Michael L. Molinini. Airgas On-Site Safety Services, which specializes in safety monitoring, certification and equipment rental services at customer sites in the oilfield and construction industries, will also serve customers through Airgas’ new location.

Glenn Strovilas

Welding Material Sales Hires Sales Advisor

Glenn Strovilas was hired by Welding Material Sales as a sales advisor for the East Coast. Before joining the company, Strovilas worked as an engineer in the automotive aftermarket and then owned a business in the supply chain arena.

ARS Receives Air Products License

Air Products & Chemicals has licensed its proprietary cryogenic machining technology to Advanced Research Systems, a manufacturer of industrial and research cryogenic equipment.