About General Air

Uncommonly Capable

Company Overview

Company History

In 1969 my Grandfather (Gene Armstrong) was presented with an opportunity to start a small gas and welding supply distributorship in Denver. Gene, the owner of Wazee Electric, leveraged his business relationship with National Cylinder Gas, a large national distributor who was interested in selling some small customer routes in Denver.

In the fall of 1970 my Father (Gary Armstrong), having just returned from a tour of duty in Vietnam, joined the company as its General Manager. My Dad earned a business degree from Colorado State University and had acquired essential engineering, industrial and leadership skills while serving in the military and working throughout college.

1970

Denver Store Opens

1972

Boulder Store Opens

1978

Fort Collins Store Opens

1985

BevCO Acquisition

1992

Greeley Store Opens

1995

Commerce City Fill Plant Opens

1999

Littleton Store Opens

2001

Colorado Springs Store Opens

2007

Pueblo Store Opens

2010

Silverthorne Store Opens

Our Roots

Our roots are very humble as our first store front was in a retro-fitted gas station on Federal Blvd in Denver. From 3 employees to now the largest independently owned welding supply company in Colorado, my Dad and Grandfather built a business on lasting principals and business philosophies that we carry forward still today.

Today General Air is still owned and managed by the Armstrong Family (3rd Generation), but we would remiss if we didn’t share that our employees are owners too. In 2007, we became a partial ESOP which is part of our secret sauce for recruiting and retaining the best in our industry.

As you can see from our timeline, we are a company on the move, but our quest isn’t just to multiply in size. We believe growth is a by-product of providing quality products, with value, and honoring our employee, customer and vendor relationships.

To learn more about our culture and statements on how we manage our business, please read on below (see culture statements).

While we are known for being a gas and welding supply distributor, we are so much more. We love a challenge and would love the opportunity to show you how we can serve. Please give us a call or stop by one of our branches so that you can experience the General Air difference.

Mission Statement

To earn and retain regional leadership as a total quality supplier of superior products and services. Working in partnership with our customers, employees and shareholders, suppliers and communities, we pledge to conduct business by these core principles……
• To meet our customers needs and expectations with quality, integrity and value.
• To recognize and treat people as our most valuable asset.
• To honor God, Family, Community and Nation in all we do.
• To equitably share the results of our efforts according to contribution.

Vision Statement

To be known as a unique supplier of gas and welding products with consultative expertise and the ability to provide practical solutions that help our customers succeed.
We will develop meaningful relationships with our customers, partnering with them to identify ways that make their jobs easier, allowing them to save money and improve their workplace safety.
Adapting to change with innovation, we promise never to become complacent.

Purpose Statement

As a distributor, our role is to serve as a bridge between manufacturers and customers. “The right product, right process, right solution” is our mantra…as we seek to understand our customers’ needs and equip them with practical solutions to help them succeed.

Put the Moose on the Table

Honest communication is key for any successful relationship. Positive conversations are desirable, yet unpleasant topics can become as distracting as a life-sized moose standing in the middle of the room.
Rather than ignoring these issues, we are General Air choose to “put the moose on the table” to discuss and resolve any issues that might hinder progress.

In this Company

• Everyone’s #1 goal is customer retention.
• Professional growth is a personal responsibility.
• We attack problems, not people.
• We do not gossip.
• We think first about what I can do to resolve or correct a situation before we bring it to others attention.
• We do not use email as a means to communicate time urgent or emotionally sensitive topics.
• We believe in total accountability.
• We find a way to say “yes.”
• We speak as though children are present.
• We believe and practice the golden rule.

What We Value…

Continuous Improvement Accountability Family Relationships A Servants Heart Honesty

Who We Are…

Professional Technically Superior Flexible Engaged Hard Working Responsive

Our People

  • Officers
  • Admin
  • Boulder
  • Colorado Springs
  • Denver
  • Fort Collins
  • Greeley
  • Littleton
  • Pueblo
  • Commerce City
Brad Armstrong President
Art Waskey Executive VP of Sales
Ryan Craven VP of Personnel
Scott Fellhauer Regional VP of Sales
Brett Jones Controller
Jeff Call Store Manager
Drew Firebaugh Asst. Store Manager
Daniel Gierat Counter Sales
Kyle Ross Counter Sales
Salvador Argumendo Counter Sales
Thom Clark Store Manager
Paul Kenney Counter Sales
Greg Oestman Counter Sales
Blake Hoskinson Store Manager
David Todd Counter Sales
Joe Mckinster Counter Sales
Todd Lawrenz Counter Sales
Bertram McDonald Counter Sales
Jimmy Trautman Store Driver
Lloyd Harmon Store Driver
Jon Maurer Store Manager
Steven Manzanares Counter Sales
Bryon Lawrenz Store Driver
Tim Brooks Lean Solutions
Kyle Tillford Store Driver
Rosendo Magana Store Driver
Scott Stevenson Store Manager
Vernon Abe Asst. Store Manager
Tucker Allmer Counter Sales
Sean Craven Counter Sales
David Murphy Counter Sales
Dave Adler Regional Sales Manager
Jeff Bloomfield Mobile Store Driver
Jose Lopez Sales Rep.
Brian Ginther Counter Sales
Philip Kokonuk Store Driver
Scott Hickey Store Manager
Addam Mitchell Counter Sales
Doug Brommer Counter Sales
Justynn Wubben Counter Sales
Joe Marotta Sales Rep
Pete Shaw Store Driver
Chopper Mills Store Manager
Matt Lawrenz Asst. Store Manager
Mike Reese Counter Sales
Sam Segura Sales Rep.
Mark Peterson Store Driver
Tondeleria Thompson Accounts Payable
Michelle Chmelka Collections
Sharon McKay Accounts Recievable
Ed Conrad Fill Plant/Cryo Manager
Josh Brooks Customer Service Lead
Ashleigh Reniker Customer Service
Judi Knight Customer Service
Daniel Brunette Customer Service
Steve Cather Cryo Tech
Phil Chenoweth Cryo Tech
John Johnson Cryo Tech
Corey Dean Cryo Tech
Jacob Rippey engineering solutions technician

Community Outreach

MS150 Bike Race

What do selling welding supplies and riding bikes have in common? Not much, but at General Air, we participate in a 150 mile bike ride to raise money in the battle against multiple sclerosis. We’ve donated over $50k taking a stand in support of our community. Find out more at: MS150

Welding Merit Badge

Did you know that a boy scout can earn more than 100 merit badges? They learn about everything from sports, crafts, science, and trades to business and future careers. General Air is excited to partner with the Boy Scouts in helping them achieve their welding merit badge. Each year we offer our facility to train and equip young scouts with everything they need to earn this badge. Training our future welders of tomorrow is one of the most enjoyable things we get to do.

boy scouts welding class