Central McGowan is expanding its Fargo, North Dakota, carbon dioxide (CO2) distribution hub to be a fully-stocked retail store and distribution site.

Central McGowan is US distributor of industrial, medical and food and beverage gases as well as welding equipment, automation and dry ice. 

The company, which has its headquarters in St. Cloud, Minnesota, has had a presence in the Fargo area since 2017, when it acquired Pro-CO2.

Joe Francis, CEO/President of Central McGowan said, “We believe our wide array of products and services fill a need in the Fargo market. Fargo is a thriving, growing area with a concentration of heavy industrial, automation, and food and beverage businesses. This is absolutely the right customer base for a nimble, independent distributor and automation integrator like us.”

The new store will distribute to an area of about 100 miles around Fargo.

CO2 will continue to be a core offering at the Fargo site, along with a full portfolio of other industrial, welding, medical, and food and beverage gases, including dry ice. ColdZERO™ – Central McGowan’s own brand of dry ice – is manufactured fresh daily at its St. Cloud and St. Paul locations.

Central McGowan expanded its CO2 solution footprint with the acquisition of St. Paul, MN-based Jasons Beverage Carbonation Company (Jasons).