Computers Unlimited (CU) of Billings, Montana, has been a leader in information technology (IT) development for the industrial gas industry for more than 25 years. CryoGas International talked with company President David Schaer about CU’s technology and how it has enabled the industrial gas industry to improve its service and operations.
CryoGas International: David, thank you for taking the time to share some history of IT for the industrial gas distributor with us. Can you briefly describe how CU got its start and what was happening in the 1990s when CryoGas first started covering the industrial gas industry?
David Schaer: CU’s roots began right here in Billings, Montana, when we developed our first software system for a local gas and welding distributor over 30 years ago. The ‘90s were a period of rapid growth and expansion for the company from strong demand from a variety of distributor sizes and needs across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Back then, technology and systems had their own unique set of challenges yet we were still able to get the job done. Today, the same kinds of challenges still exist but the problems are being solved with a new set of technologies and supply chain relationships. It’s been great to be able to provide our unique perspective and talents to help service the needs of today’s industrial gas and welding supply distributors.
CryoGas: We see Computers Unlimited was an early member of GAWDA, having joined National Welding Supply Association (its previous name) in 1981. How has that association helped your business?
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