Central McGowan, a US distributor of gases and state-of-the-art equipment/technology, has expanded its carbon dioxide (CO2) business with the acquisition of St. Paul, Minnesota-based Jasons Beverage Carbonation Company.

The deal more than doubles the St. Cloud, Minnesota-based Central McGowan’s beverage carbonation and dry ice customer base – started in 2006 – and expands it to nearly 3,000 customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

The combined business will deliver CO2, nitrogen, beer gas, and dry ice to bars, breweries, and some of the Midwest’s most successful restaurant chains in the fine dining, fast casual and fast food categories.

Jasons will continue to operate under the Jasons name, and all of its current employees, building, fleet and assets will be a part of the Central McGowan family.

Joe Francis, CEO/President of Central McGowan, believes the acquisition complements a core business of Central McGowan and expands not only its footprint and buying power but also its experience in the CO2 Solutions business.

“Like us, Jasons is an expert in beverage carbonation, which is both the art and science behind delivering the precise gas mix to achieve a perfect pour and the right amount of bubbles in carbonated beverages,” Francis said.

“Our on-staff beverage carbonation specialists and bulk beverage systems offer a highly efficient, cost-effective and safe method to carbonating soda and beer while making gas outages and changing out high-pressure cylinders a thing of the past.”

The addition of Jasons will also grow distribution of ColdZERO™– Central McGowan’s own brand of dry ice that is manufactured daily at its St. Cloud location using Cold Jet’s newest technology for the highest density dry ice rice available.

Bob Crew, formerly the company’s Vice-President of Distribution Operations which included beverage carbonation, has been named Vice-President & General Manager of Jasons and Central McGowan’s existing CO2 Solutions business. He is charged with leading the successful integration of sales and operations and will lean on his extensive experience and expertise along with that of his existing managers, specialists, and teams in St. Cloud, Fargo and St. Paul. Dean “JR” Kiffmeyer, current Executive Vice President and General Manager at Central McGowan, will take over other distribution operations to allow Crew to focus solely on the growing CO2 business.