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tackling-the-supply-chain-problem

Tackling the supply chain problem

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Norris Cylinder Company traces its lineage back to 1930 when company founder Kenneth T. Norris sold his home for $23,000 and opened Norris Stamping and Manufacturing Company. Shortly thereafter, the metal-working enterprise was awarded a contract with US Spring and Bumper Company to build the bumper parts for the Ford Model A. The rest, as they say, is history.

After two decades of steady growth, focusing on its core competency of metal fabrication, the company went public as Norris Industries in 1950 and began a series of acquisitions. In June of 1950 the company acquired Compressed Gas Cylinders Inc. This marked the entry into high-pressure gas cylinder manufacturing. Over the next several years the company continued to grow organically and through acquisitions including such names as Thermador, Fyr-Fyter Co., Trade-Wind Motorfans, Weiser Co., Waste King Corp., Price Pfister, and notably, Pressed Steel Tank. With the Pressed Steel acquisition, Norris became the leading manufacturer of compressed gas cylinders in the USA.

In 1993, Norris acquired Speedway, which provided the company with acetylene massing technology, leading to the company’s patenting of the first non-asbestos porous mass, initially licensed to nearly every acetylene porous mass producer worldwide.  Indeed, today Norris Cylinder Company credits its superior acetylene product quality to these roots.

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