State officials recognize Beloit company for new dry ice venture

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Austin Montgomery/Beloit Daily News Welders Supply Co. Vice President Ed Mueller explains CryoCarb, a new division launched in April of 2017 aimed at dry ice production, delivery and distribution to businesses from Milwaukee to Madison and the Chicago area. On Tuesday, the company was recognized by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for its Made in Wisconsin commitment.

BELOIT - Officials with family-owned Welders Supply Co. in Beloit saw a need in the southern Wisconsin business market, and on Tuesday state officials recognized the business for its participation in the Made in Wisconsin program.

The company launched CryoCarb, which produces, delivers and sells dry ice to companies in the food, beverage, biotechnology and heatlhcare industries. The new division is dedicated specifically as a specialty gas company and was started in April of 2017 to fill the void of the needed products and services in southern Wisconsin.

"There were no dry ice manufacturers in Wisconsin," said Vice President Ed Mueller. "By the time it would arrive at these local businesses from out of state suppliers, the quality of that ice had already decreased significantly. So we decided to make the investment and manufacture dry ice."

At an event Tuesday, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary and CEO Mark Hogan, state Sen. Janis Ringhand, D-Evansville, and state Rep. Mark Spreitzer, D-Beloit, presented the business with a plaque dedicated to Welders Supply's effort to support other Wisconsin businesses.

Company officials gave a tour of the CryoCarb facility on Fourth Street in Beloit and demonstrated its production process for dry ice pellets and slabs.

"As a dependable source of top-quality welding products and expert technical support for more than 80 years, Welders Supply Co. is an outstanding example of the more than 9,000 manufacturers in Wisconsin who contribute significantly to the state's economy," Hogan said. "I applaud Welders Supply Co., CryoCarb and its employees for taking part in our Made in Wisconsin Program and for the role they play every day in continuing to move our economy forward."

Welder's Supply was founded in 1938 and has supported a range of welders, job shops, factories, health care facilities and businesses for over 80 years. From providing helium to local florists, carbon dioxide to favorite restaurants and 35 microbreweries, Welders Supply represents the largest independent supplier of gasses and welding supplies in Wisconsin.

"We love being part of this great community and this great state," said General Manager Pete Mueller.

Hogan said the local support of small businesses was key for maintaining Beloit's economic growth.

"Beloit's growth is great for Wisconsin," Hogan said. "Beloit and Rock County has had its issues relative to some of the larger companies moving out and closing down. The redevelopment really speaks to the commitment of the people and businesses on the ground in Beloit, Janesville and greater Rock County. From a state perspective, we are there to help them and provide certain things only we can provide. But in the end, it really is about the local leadership that has made a difference in Beloit and Rock County."

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