nexAir Forging Forward with New Growth Opportunities


Taken over any period, a company’s progress can be clunky and haphazard, it can falter altogether, or it can move forward in a coherent pattern of progress with well-strategized movements and a vision of what it wants to be in the future.

A quarter-century is a long time, but across that span, nexAir has grown its operations in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, embarked on building their own hydrogen fill plant in 2010, and in 2012, undertaken a joint venture with Praxair that has helped further their geographic reach. As the company celebrates its 75th anniversary, President Bill Proctor was recently interviewed about these avenues of growth.

CryoGas International: Twenty-five years ago, what did your hydrogen business look like? What markets did you serve? How big was your hydrogen business? How was hydrogen delivered?

Bill Proctor, President, nexAir: Twenty-five years ago, nexAir was a smaller business than it is today and our gas business was primarily cylinder gases. At that time, hydrogen was only supplied in cylinders and we were outsourcing those cylinders. While we have a much larger footprint today, back in 1990, we were only serving the Mid-South, including west and middle Tennessee, east Arkansas and north Mississippi. And as we’ve grown, our percentage of sales from both our general gas business and from hydrogen is much larger today than it was 25 years ago.

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