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Gene French’s Retirement Party!

Today was the end of an era.  Gene French has earned a much deserved retirement after 38 years with Holston Gases. In 1989 I had the misfortune of competing with Gene in this marketplace. If I walked into a Holston account and they told me Gene was their contact, I learned very quickly to thank them for their time – turn around and leave because  I didn’t have a chance. Gene personifies professionalism and class.  Everyone that came in contact with him was enriched by his kind demeanor.  In my 25 years with Gene I have NEVER had anyone make a negative comment about him – don’t know of anyone else I can say that about. Although Gene will not be physically present at Holston Gases his impact will be felt for decades as the next generation – who soaked in his wisdom –  takes over leadership of this company.  To many people Gene IS Holston Gases.  Thank you Gene -Robert Anders, Presidet/CEO

Gene French, the longest-serving employee in Holston Gases’ history, retired recently at age 81. If we had a Holston Gases Hall of Fame, Gene would be in it. If we had a Mt. Rushmore, Gene would be on it. He is, without question, one of the most valuable and influential people who have ever worked here. His tenure spans three generations of ownership, and he has been one the keys to the consistency and the personality of our sales and customer service. We would not be the company we are today without Gene French. We will be forever grateful for the honor and privilege of working side by side with “Geno.” He’s made every one of us better for our time with him.   -Bill Baxter, Chairman, Holston Gases

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Holston Gases Inc. Joins the IWDC

Holston Gases joins the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative effective September 1, 2013
Indianapolis, IN — August 29, 2013 – The IWDC is proud to announce the addition of Holston Gases to its membership. Holston Gases is one of the largest independent suppliers of industrial, medical, propane, and beverage gases in the United States while also offering a full line of welding products including safety and industrial supplies. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tn., Holston has grown to 23 locations in 5 states: Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina also serving customers in nearby Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, and Indiana.

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New Location, New Signs – Holston Gases set for exciting growth

Asheville, NC. Holston Gases new $1million dollar facility in the Little River district along the Swannanoa River near the Biltmore village is gearing up for dramatic growth.

May 7, 2013ASHEVILLE, N.C.Asheville, NC.   Holston Gases new $1million dollar facility in the Little River district along the Swannanoa River near the Biltmore village is gearing up for dramatic growth.

The new facility opened on December 17th, 2012, providing a better retail and service location and filling center.  “We held our first open house on April 16th this year and had over 250 visitors. Continue reading

Press Release: Holston Gases is Expanding

Knoxville-based Holston Gases plans to expand its operations in a multi-million-dollar investment along the Interstate 275 corridor that is expected to bring more jobs to Knoxville.
The company, which distributes industrial, medical and specialty gases across several states, has agreed to buy the Brookside Mills property, a brownfield site in the heart of the city’s Downtown North Redevelopment Area for $1.8 million.
Bill Baxter, chairman of Holston Gases, Inc., announced Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, that his company will expand to the former Brookside Mills property in the I-275 Corridor.

Holston Gases board chairman Bill Baxter said Tuesday the company plans to build a state-of-the art gas pumping facility (See Video) as well as a warehouse and office complex on the 19.5-acre property at 523 Baxter Ave.
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