Route Sales Representative – Bemidji

1st Shift | Full-Time| Bemidji


Are you looking for an opportunity to start something new or build your career somewhere rewarding? Then look no further! Central McGowan is now hiring a Route Sales Representative to join our team in Bemidji. Central McGowan is a leading, family-owned supplier of gases, supplies, equipment, service and more!


Our benefits include:

  • Competitive Wages
  • 401(k) with Employer Match
  • Annual Profit sharing
  • Work life balance – flexible scheduling options
  • Paid Time Off (yes, even on your Birthday!)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Company Paid Volunteer Opportunities
  • Short term disability, term life, and ADD insurance
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Health Savings Account
  • Employee rewards and recognition events
  • Paid Training
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Endless career growth and opportunities!

Position Overview

Deliver a full variety of cryogenic and gaseous cylinders to customers.

    • Replenish empty customer tanks of all sizes.
    • Customer tanks may be located indoors or outdoors.
    • Follow approved procedures for safe handling and delivery of product.
    • Operate motor vehicle to transport Hazardous Material and equipment safely. Drive carefully and obey all traffic laws
    • Handle emergency situations as they arise professionally and in accordance with appropriate protocol.

Manage customer’s inventory of industrial gases and consumables to avoid outages.

  • Work with customers to service and restock inventory in a professional and timely manner.
  • Resolve customer issues regarding products or equipment malfunctions. Maintain good working relationships by ensuring that customers receive the best customer service.

Communicate with appropriate staff, accurately track product and delivery information, and create and maintain a variety of records and documents. 

  • Complete pre-trip inspection of vehicle.
  • Record and maintain accurate sales and delivery paperwork
  • Document incidents communicate concerns to appropriate staff and give to supervisor immediately for investigation.

Generate new and repeat sales by making recommendations to prospects and clients of various solutions the company offers to their current needs.

    • Provide timely, accurate, competitive pricing while striving to maintain maximum profit margin.
    • Determine customer requirements and expectations to recommend appropriate solutions.
    • Proactively recommend services needed by customers to increase satisfaction and improve transaction profitability.
    • Provide exceptional customer service to all prospects and clients whether on the phone, in person or through electronic communications.

Provide hot shot deliveries and customer service in the branch 2-3 days per week.

    • Delivery of both gas cylinders and welding hard goods.
    • Serve as a backup for customer service phone calls and walk-in customers at branch location.
    • Help retail customers with products, orders, and loading of vehicles.
    • Answer inbound phone inquiry about materials and services that are provided.


  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Current CDL Class A or B license, with Hazmat and Tanker endorsements, required (or willingness to obtain).
  • One or more years of experience operating large vehicles preferable; or an equivalent combination of experience and training required.
  • Working knowledge of DOT regulations, and Hazmat requirements.
  • Clean driving record.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Advanced computer skills, and proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Self-starter with good attitude and aptitude.
  • Well-organized with ability to prioritize.
  • Very good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work with a wide range of personnel, both internal and external.
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving ability


Central McGowan is a Minnesota Based independent and family-owned distributor of welding and industrial equipment, gases, supplies, abrasives, safety equipment; beverage carbonation solutions and dry ice; and FANUC-authorized integrator of robotic and automation solutions. specialize in three areas: welding equipment and supplies, gases, and automation. Our liquid bulk gas fleet touches almost every corner of the state with nitrogen, argon, oxygen, helium, and carbon dioxide deliveries. We pride ourselves in being a full-service provider for bulk gas, high pressure cylinders, gas technologies, welding equipment, machines, supplies, safety equipment, abrasives, and consumables. We’re also among the few Minnesota distributors with the capability to help seamlessly integrate robotic technology and automation into businesses.

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.

If you are looking for an opportunity for future growth/advancement and to be part of a great team, this could be the opportunity for you!

EEOC Statement

Central McGowan is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.