2015 marks the 100th anniversary of Indiana Oxygen Company. Walter and John Brant, brothers and Indiana natives, combined their engineering and sales talents to form the first gas production plant in the state of Indiana in April of 1915.

At the time, the process of electrolytic separation of water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen had only been introduced in America eight years earlier. Prior to the birth of Indiana Oxygen, no such facility existed in Indiana.

In the past century, Indiana Oxygen Co. has expanded from one branch with 10 employees to 10 branches with 120 employees located across the state of Indiana and Ohio. Hard-working, dedicated employees are a large reason for the company’s success. Indiana Oxygen Co. continues to grow as a fourth generation family-owned business whose mission is to enhance the welfare of its employees and surrounding communities. It is the oldest and one of the largest independent gas, specialty gas and welding supply companies in the nation. On Saturday, Aug. 22, a gala event will be held at the NCAA Hall of Champions for 220 current and former employees and spouses to celebrate this milestone.