About

Our roots go back to 1947 when McGowan Welding Supply of Little Falls opened for business.  Soon after, Central Welding Supply of St. Cloud was established as a small supplier of welding equipment and gases.  The two companies later joined forces in the mid-60s to form Central McGowan Inc. Its been through the efforts of dedicated employees, changes in  business methods, and software development that we've grown our services and product offering to reach more than 40,000 square miles of Minnesota.

Today, we have offices in St. Cloud, Little Falls and Burnsville, with stockpoints and dealers in nearly 70 locations statewide. We're family owned with local roots and proud of it. After decades of doing business, we still believe quality and integrity is the key to our success.

  • We buy quality products from leading manufacturers who we trust.
  • We employ quality people with exceptional work ethics.
  • We have quality values that always put our customers first.

Our definition of "service" is unlike that of our competition. In fact, we've redefined it as "value-added service," meaning we're not only providing you with tools, but solutions that will ultimately elevate your business to reach its maximum efficiency. Whether you're a contracted customer or a home hobbyist, we'll take your goals seriously and we'll do what it takes to help you reach them. No fluff or sales tricks, just what's best for you and your company. 

WE BELIEVE IN...

Solutions through collaboration
The best solutions come through listening and understanding  
We bring new solutions to old problems

Fostering continuous improvement  
Growth through learning since 1947
We will never be satisfied with the status quo 
Drama unnecessarily expends valuable energy and impedes growth

Building trust by living up to our word 
We have nothing without integrity
We will communicate early and often 
We do what we say 
We will work together to make it right

Being devoted to our mutual success 
Good business is not transactional, it is about building lasting relationships
Our job is to make our customers successful 

A family owned, family focused culture
We support our people, our customers and our suppliers
We enhance the community we live and work in
Life is too short not to have fun along the way 

WE WORK FOR YOU.

 

Our Leadership Team

Joe Francis

Joe Francis

President & CEO

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Bob Crew

Bob Crew

Vice President of Business Operations

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Dean Kiffmeyer

Dean Kiffmeyer

Vice President and General Manager of Distribution

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Andrew Hulse

Andrew Hulse

Vice President and General Manager of the Automation Division

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Sony Shay

Sony Shay

Finance Director

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