To understand the scale of transformation that Chart Industries has undergone in recent years, you have to look back at its history and the company’s market position even just a decade ago. It’s almost a root and branch repositioning of the business.
Take the opening of gasworld’s last interview of the month with Chart Industries, in summer 2015, for example. The first four words of that interview described the company as ‘synonymous with cryogenic equipment’.
Back then, the chairman, president and CEO was Sam Thomas and he explained how the company’s origins could be traced as far back as 1740, and its direct heritage to 1859, with a British entrepreneur named John Marston. The modern story of Chart began more than 100 years later, he added, 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.
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