SERVING WITH INTEGRITY & EXCELLENCE SINCE 1947
Central McGowan is a growing, diversified business with customers across more than 20 industries and throughout the U.S. We're family owned with local roots and proud of it.
Founded in 1965 with the merger of McGowan Welding Supply in Little Falls, MN (est. 1947) and Central Welding Supply of St. Cloud, a small supplier of equipment and gases in St. Cloud, MN. In 2015, expanded to include custom automation and robotics, making us one of the only local distributors who is also an integrator.
It's been through the hard work and ingenuity of dedicated employees that we've grown our services and product offerings to where they are today.
- Gases for welding, industrial, manufacturing, medical, and food & beverage
- Dry ice for commercial/residential cleaning, cooling and industrial blasting
- Welding and industrial equipment, tools, supplies, abrasives, safety gear, and consumables by order and at our retail stores
- Custom automation and robotic technologies and solutions to boost quality, productivity and safety for our customers
We have retail welding stores in St. Cloud, Little Falls, Minneapolis and Burnsville, MN, and Fargo, ND; CO2/Beverage Carbonation distribution sites in St. Cloud & St. Paul, MN, Des Moines, IA, and Fargo, ND; and dealers in nearly 70 locations across MN.
Our distribution business reaches nearly every corner of Minnesota and Iowa, and areas of Wisconsin and the Dakotas. Our dedicated Automation Center in St. Cloud, MN, serves customers across the Midwest, on both coasts and in Texas, and internationally.
OUR MISSION SINCE 1947: WE WORK FOR YOU.
We deliver solutions our customers and team need to thrive.
OUR CORE VALUES
in our words
excellence & growth
that delivers value-added
services & solutions
centered on people,
safety, family & fun
After decades of doing business, we believe quality, integrity, and putting customers first are the keys to our success. Whether it’s welding gases, a plasma cutter, or a custom automation solution, these are what set us apart. And it all starts with a commitment to our mission of “making life work better" for our customers.
QUALITY IN EVERY RELATIONSHIP & TRANSACTION
- People with a strong work ethic and drive to serve and exceed expectations
- Products from leading manufacturers and backed by an iron-clad satisfaction guarantee
- Values that produce quality solutions and shared success—day in and day out
ALWAYS PUTTING CUSTOMERS FIRST
- Laser-sharp customer insight and business understanding
- Relationships built on trust and honest communication
- Keeping our word and promises
DRIVEN TO SERVE & EXCEL
- Driven to impress, never satisfied with status quo
- Relentless desire to innovate, improve and solve problems
- Lead time and less-than-load advantages