Allison Earlbeck Named CEO of Earlbeck Gases & Technologies

In a post on the company’s website, Earlbeck Gases & Technologies announced that GAWDA Board Member Allison Earlbeck has officially taken over the role of CEO.

“Earlbeck Gases & Technologies, a leading provider of industrial gases and welding supplies in the Mid-Atlantic,  recently announced a significant leadership transition as Jim Earlbeck, the company’s 2nd generation leader, passes the torch to his daughter, Allison Earlbeck. The transition comes as part of a well-planned succession strategy that ensures continuity and a seamless shift in leadership.”

“I am honored to take on this new role and lead Earlbeck Gases into the future as the 3rd generation leader.” said Allison Earlbeck. “My focus will be on building upon the legacy my family has established by fostering our values of  community involvement, continuous improvement, innovation, and providing education to our customers. We will continue to uphold the values that have made us successful while adapting to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”

Read the full post here.

Holston Gases Acquires USA Gas Inc.

Holston Gases completed the acquisition of USA Gas Inc. with operations headquartered in Dalton, GA. Holston Gases will consolidate their operation into the Holston Gases Facility located at 380 Hollywood Drive, Dalton, GA 30721.

Holston Gases President Robert Anders said, “We are very pleased to add the 2,500 propane customers of USA Gas to those of Holston Gases. USA Gas Inc. has been servicing the North Georgia area for over 30 years and has a great reputation and loyal customers that we are excited to bring into the Holston family.”

The owners, David and Heather Gates of USA Gas Inc. agreed that the consolidation of the two companies’ resources in Northwest Georgia will bring added value to the current USA Gas Customers.

Air Water America, Inc. Acquires Phoenix Welding Supply Company

Air Water America Inc., a subsidiary of Air Water Inc., announced that it has acquired Phoenix Welding Supply LLC (PWS), a leading independent gas and welding products distributor in Arizona.

Formed in 1953, PWS began serving the beverage, industrial, and manufacturing industries. The company’s headquarters and primary cylinder filling plant are in Phoenix, with eight additional locations in the Arizona market.

“We are excited to become part of Air Water America, Inc. and continue our legacy of excellence in the industrial gas market. Our customers can rest assured that they will continue to receive the same level of quality and service they have come to expect from PWS, while also benefiting from Air Water’s resources and expertise.” said Michael Dye, former CEO, and owner of PWS. “The acquisition of Phoenix Welding Supply by Air Water America has contributed innovation, talent, and technology to our business resulting in a stronger and more robust business plan while paving the way for substantial growth and profitability for the business” said Fred Clark, Managing Director of PWS.

North America is one of the key growth areas for Air Water Inc. globally. In the past 5 years, Air Water America has made significant investments in the industrial gas and equipment area, acquiring Taylor-Wharton, TOMCO2 Systems, Cryogenic Vessels Alternative (CVA), 80% of Dohmeyer Cryogenics, CO2 Air, and a $50 million equity investment in First Element Fuels. Air Water Inc. also acquired Noble Gas Solutions in 2022, another leading independent welding and gas distributor serving the New York market. Air Water America’s product offerings serve the semiconductor, chemistry, food & beverage, pharmaceuticals & biosciences, energy, metals & glass, and industrial manufacturing industries,” said Air Water America President and CEO, Hiroyuki Minesaka. “We’re excited to welcome the Phoenix Welding Supply team to the Air Water Group and look forward to working together to serve the area’s customers.”

nexAir Forecasts What to Expect in the Global Gas Market for the Rest of 2023

In a post on the company’s learning center, nexAir published “The Global Gas Market in 2023 – what to expect.

“A lot has happened over the past couple of years in the gas industry. It is important to fully understand and be aware of what is predicted to happen in the industry, so you and your team can be prepared for whatever is thrown your way. Lean onto our KnowHow as we discuss the global gas market in 2023 – and what we can do to continue to Forge Forward together in the future.”

Read the full post here.

Cameron Welding Supply Promoted Mark Kosko to Specialty Gas Manager

In a post on the company’s LinkedIn page, Cameron Welding Supply announced that it had promoted Mark Kosko to Specialty Gas Manager.

EspriGas Announces TJ Mihelic as Head of Operations

EspriGas named TJ Mihelic as its Head of Operations. Mihelic joins the company with a focus on delivering positive experiences for customers and suppliers, elevating operational efficiency, and driving growth strategies.

Leveraging his experience driving strategy and working with cross-functional teams to improve operations, Mihelic will identify opportunities to enhance how EspriGas supports customers and suppliers via technology solutions.

“We are excited to have TJ join EspriGas as an important addition to our Executive Leadership Team,” said Mike Walsh, CEO of EspriGas. “TJ brings great experience and insights from his previous roles in consulting, where he delivered strategic initiatives and go-to-market strategies for global organizations. He will focus on helping our operations team succeed, improving our customer experience, and developing sustainable relationships with customers and suppliers.”

Prior to joining EspriGas, Mihelic was a Business Strategy Consultant at Accenture Strategy where he shaped and implemented large-scale strategic initiatives for large organizations in the energy and consumer industries. He recently received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan with a focus on finance and strategy.

In the process of earning his master’s degree, Mihelic had the opportunity to join the EspriGas team as a Technology Strategy and Operations Consultant at EspriGas, where he focused on shaping the company’s technology roadmap and collaborating with the Executive Leadership Team to evaluate technology opportunities in the business. During this time, Mihelic learned about the organization and its unique value proposition, which led him to pursue a long-term career with the company.

“During my time as a consultant, I felt a strong sense of purpose, camaraderie, and collaboration at EspriGas that resulted in a positive culture that rewards results and prioritizes the importance of work-life balance,” said Mihelic. “I am excited to partner with and learn from this extremely skilled, experienced, and motivated team and deliver value to our customers and suppliers.”

Mihelic lives in Nashville, TN, and is passionate about being active in his free time with activities such as circuit training, golfing, and hiking.

AWISCO Names Jared Gajewski General Manager of AWISCO Woodbridge

AWISCO named Jared Gajewski as General Manager of AWISCO Woodbridge.

“In the 4 months since AWISCO acquired ASCO, Jared Gajewski has been an amazing addition to the team. Jared has been an integral part of the transition from ASCO to AWISCO. I am so happy to have Jared formally named the Woodbridge General Manager. I am sure that Jared will do a phenomenal job in his new position.”  said President Lloyd Robinson.

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