CO2Meter works with some of the biggest and best companies in the compressed gas industry. One of these is General Air in Colorado.
General Air was founded in 1970 in Denver, CO with three employees, and now serves as the largest independently-owned gas and welding supply distributor in America. They pride themselves as a bridge between manufacturers and customers, seeking to understand customer's needs and equipping them with practical solutions to help them succeed.
CO2Meter is one of these partnerships. General Air offers CO2Meter safety monitors and technologies to ensure CO2 safety and pinpoint potential CO2 leaks in compressed gas systems.
CO2Meter interviewed Brianna Applegate, Gas Sales Manager at General Air, to discuss her experience with CO2Meter and the world of compressed gases.
CO2Meter: Please tell us about General Air and your industry.
Brianna: "I work in the compressed gas industry - my company provides compressed gases and welding supplies to the industrial, specialty, medical, and beverage industries. We are a service-oriented business that partners with our customers to help them save time, money, and make them safer in their jobs."
CO2Meter: What are your specialty areas?
Brianna: "As the Gas Sales Manager, I focus on the beverage, specialty and medical segments of our business. Our main focuses are gas supply, peripheral gas apparatuses and safety equipment for these specific industries."
CO2Meter: In your experience, what has been the biggest change in your industry?
Brianna: "The biggest change has been local fire departments' focus on the safety in the storage and use of compressed gases. A big component is permitting and gas detection requirements. This especially is relevant for our beverage customers. The emergence of cannabis and hemp extraction has created a new need as well.
CO2Meter: What has been the most important need or service you provide for your customers?
Brianna: "Our industry expertise and 50 years in the business allows us to make efficiency and safety recommendations related to the storage and use of compressed gases. While these products are somewhat of a commodity, our service-oriented approach differentiates us from our competitors."
"For example, we took the time early on to engage with our local fire departments as they wrote new policy regarding CO2 storage. This has allowed us to become the go-to for permitting and gas detection requirements."
CO2Meter: What is your experience with CO2Meter products?
Brianna: "While we do not currently purchase the bulk of our gas detection from CO2Meter, the equipment we have purchased has been great. The SAN-13 leak detectors specifically has helped us identify leaks in our customer's systems downstream quickly - removing the blame from our equipment. We appreciate the many customized solutions that your company has been able to assist us with."
"Another example is we suggested you oxygen depletion monitor for an ice cream truck utilizing liquid nitrogen."
CO2Meter: Why did you choose CO2Meter as a safety provider?
Brianna: "It is refreshing to deal with a knowledgeable vendor and one that is willing to help with unique scenarios. Josh Pringle has always impressed me with his knowledge of local requirements for gas detection and providing solutions to help us get the job done."
CO2Meter: Are your customers concerned more about compliance or safety regarding CO2?
Brianna: "Definitely compliance. We are working toward education on the true dangers of gas leaks, the importance of gas detection, and the awareness of the hazards of compressed gases in general."
CO2Meter: Has anyone in your company or those around you experienced any unfortunate CO2 exposure incidents?
Brianna: "No major incidents - thank goodness! - All of our CO2 drivers and service technicians wear personal monitors to prevent any unfortunate exposure issues from occurring."
CO2Meter: What are some of the new trends you see in the compressed gas industry?
Brianna: "While still in its infancy, we have seem some traction in the CO2 reclamation process. Small breweries are finding ways to continue to capture CO2 from fermentation and are reusing it in other brewery processes."
CO2Meter: How has CO2 safety impacted your business overall?
Brianna: "Over the past few years, the new requirements for CO2 use and storage have required us to place a greater focus on our CO2 program. We have gained new competencies and expertise and have hired additional staff to accommodate our customer's need to implement increased safety measures to become compliant. It has changed how we approach all new CO2 installations."
CO2Meter: Thank you!
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