The Evolution of the US Gas Business – according to Matheson


First of all, congratulations to CryoGas International on 25 years of excellent service to the industrial gas market. Anyone who’s been in business for that length of time knows that it takes stamina, leadership, and quality to reach these milestones. Well done!

MATHESON has been asked to comment on how the US industrial gas business has evolved over the past 25 years, what our company’s role has been, and how our plant capabilities and capacities have developed over this timeframe. To comment on these topics, we need to look back a little further into the history of the gas business.

Adam Matheson started Matheson Gas Products in 1927 and was the first commercial producer of specialty gases in the US. At the time, there was an emerging demand for higher purity supplies of gases such as oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide — which in those days meant anything over 99.5 percent.

From the 1920s to the 1980s Matheson Gas Products developed and supplied specialty gases and gas mixtures mainly for research and military applications. Customers ordered specialty gases and equipment mainly from the Matheson Gas Products catalog, which was the authoritative resource on specialty gases for decades.

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