North by Northwest


Business is booming at Norco, the United States’ largest regional gas and equipment supplier and its specialty gases division, NorLab. Helen Carmichael reports from the company’s headquarters in Idaho.

In its Northwestern heartland, many of Norco Inc.’s stores combine safety equipment sales with medical gas supply. The company’s medical division supplies hospitals, nursing homes and a significant base of homecare patients in the region, to whom it offers respiratory, obstructive sleep apnea and rehabilitation technologies. Norco is unique in that, compared to its competitors, it supplies a considerable amount of liquid oxygen to users from its own ASUs.

Within its region the company supplies medical, specialty and industrial gases, but its disposable line of calibration gases under the NorLab brand has a further reach: easily shippable, this product line goes to customers worldwide. Where lines with medical, bulk industrial and safety applications are growing nicely within Norco’s territory, the unbounded NorLab specialty gases are a particular area of interest in terms of growth potential.

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