Going full circle at Chart Industries, Inc. – An interview with CEO, Sam Thomas


Synonymous with cryogenic equipment, Chart Industries is at the forefront of today’s global industrial gases business. The company’s roots can be traced as far back as 1740 and its direct heritage to 1859, with a British entrepreneur named John Marston.

“The date is ironic when we talk about Chart’s evolution, as it’s the same year that Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species,” says Chairman, President and CEO Sam Thomas.

The modern story of Chart begins more than 100 years later with the 1986 purchase by the Holmes brothers, CHarlie and ARThur, of Altec International, a brazed aluminium heat exchanger manufacturer based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Further acquisitions followed to supplement the focus on cold temperature (cryogenic) processing, particularly – in 1999 – MVE Holdings, which included CAIRE, a small business specialising in liquid oxygen respiratory equipment. This subsequently formed the basis for Chart’s increasingly significant BioMedical business.

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