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2018 is the 60th year in business for Holston Gases. The Knoxville based company was founded in 1958 by Pat Baxter and Bob Walsh, and has now grown to 27 locations in six states, and is one of the largest independent suppliers of welding gases, propane gas, and restaurant CO2 gas in America.

Holston was headquartered for 50 years on the Tennessee River on Sevier Avenue, and in 2012 built a new, state of the art, gas fill plant and distribution center on I-275 at Baxter Avenue. The company operates out of both locations, with the bulk propane and cryogenics divisions continuing at the river.

Holston Gases employs over 100 people at its Knoxville locations and nearly 400 companywide. Other locations are in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The 60th Anniversary Celebration included dinner for 600 on the Festival Lawn of the World’s Fair Park, followed by a program in the Tennessee Amphitheatre, which featured a DVD of the company’s history put to music. The crowd included current employees, as well as several Holston Alumni who worked for the founders at the beginning of the company.

Bill Baxter, Chairman of the Board said, “We were honored by the tremendous turnout by our employees from all over the Southeastern United States. And we were especially delighted by the attendance of several of our retirees who played such an important role in the early stages of the company’s history. We stand on their shoulders today, and the success we have in the future will be to their credit.”

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MagneGas signs distributor agreement with Holston Gases

Magnegas Corporation has announced the signing of an agreement with Holston Gases of Tennessee, US in which Holston will now be distributing the MagneGas2® fuel for metal cutting applications as an alternative to acetylene.

MagneGas has been working with Holston for almost one year, with multiple meetings and demonstrations completed as part of the Holston due diligence process.

Now this relationship has been firmed up with a distribution agreement that sees the MagneGas2 fuel take another step forward in the market.

”We identified Holston as a key potential distributor for the southeast and have been diligently pursuing the relationship ever since. We are honoured that Holston, after significant due diligence, selected MagneGas2. They are one of the largest independent industrial gas distributors in the country and present a significant opportunity for MagneGas as we continue to execute on our strategy to grow our industrial gas segment through these kind of marquee relationships,” stated Ermanno Santilli, CEO of MagneGas.

”We identified Holston as a key potential distributor for the southeast and have been diligently pursuing the relationship ever since”

 Ermanno Santilli, CEO of MagneGas.

In an exclusive last week, MagneGas told gasworld about its view for the future of its innovative alternative fuel, having entered into its largest equipment sale to date with a German-based company, as well as numerous other agreements with the US Army, the Fire department of New York, and one of the largest auto manufacturers in the world.

This latest agreement with Holston signifies yet another success which demonstrates the company’s progress in the market.