Holston Gases was founded in 1958 by Pat Baxter and Bob Walsh in Knoxville, Tennessee. The two-man operation grew to employ many others, as customers were attracted to the personal attention and superior effort made to satisfy their needs.
In 1976, Baxter bought out Walsh. In 1981, Pat’s son, Bill Baxter, joined the company, and in 1983 growth began in earnest. By 1990, additional management depth was needed, and Robert Anders joined the company. Over the next few years, Anders and Baxter groomed additional management talent internally and also added people from national companies who sought the family-owned, independent atmosphere that Holston offered.
This combination has worked well. Today, Holston Gases has grown to 26 locations in seven states, with customers in eleven states. Steady, strategic acquisition continues, on top of a strong commitment to internal growth in existing locations. Managers typically take over a branch operation and stay there for many years, running it as if it was their own business. They are part of the community and become involved in business, social, and recreational activities. They take pride in representing Holston Gases and in their role in local industry and commerce. And they take the lead on their various efforts to”give back” to their communities. This is part of their business model.
Holston Gases is proud of where they have come from, proud of where they are, and excited and optimistic about where they are going.
Holston Gases is honored to partner with Pellissippi State in establishing The Holston Gases Welding Technology Scholarship.
The scholarship provides $400 to assist in purchasing necessary equipment needed for students entering the welding program. A total of 16 students will be awarded each year.
The scholarships are available to first semester welding majors enrolled in at least six hours with at least a 2.0 GPA and verifiable financial need. If there are remaining scholarships available after new students are awarded, existing students meeting the eligibility requirements may be awarded.
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