“It’s what’s inside that counts.”

The specialty gas marketplace has changed dramatically in the past twenty years. While many customer requirements have remained consistent, the market has grown significantly in both existing and new applications. At the same time, a once large array of national specialty gas producers has been decimated as the majors in cylinder gas operations have variously consolidated. The IWDC and its Members recognized that these changes provided a unique opportunity to assure ongoing sourcing and to grow as the market grows.

In January of 2005, the IWDC established PurityPlus® Specialty Gases as a branded national offering. As such, it assures that specialty gases produced by many independent companies result from the same structured operational quality assurance management systems and are thus consistent in quality.

The PurityPlus program has grown into a network of 30 independent producers throughout North America. All producers are audited on an ongoing basis, and most meet ISO 17025 accreditation. As it stands, the IWDC represents the largest number of ISO-accredited laboratories in the United States’ specialty gas supply network. Several of our facilities have also achieved ISO 9000 credentials.

The PurityPlus program is open to all IWDC Member companies. In addition to our operations and quality programs, the IWDC supports an active website, www.purityplusgases.com. There you’ll find our catalog, technical information, and connectivity to our PurityPlus producers.

We just released the second edition of our PurityPlus Specialty Gas Catalog, which is available in both printed and digital versions as well as the online edition.

The IWDC also participates in national tradeshows, like Pittcon, and supports many regional shows with Member company support.

Beyond that, we provide ongoing sales and marketing training through a modular, online learning program as well as hands-on direct training at Member facilities and key supplier locations several times a year. Together, we represent the best package of customer service and know-how in the industry.

For prospective customers, the benefits are the same: our national network offers them consistent quality with a local flavor: in each locality, customers speak with people from a local company that’s been a presence in their area for years, not to national call center personnel. And the people with whom a customer talks clearly understand that excellent customer service is the key to keeping satisfied customers.

Whether you need the highest-quality carrier gases for chromatography, EPA Protocol standards for emissions modeling, natural gas composition standards, blood gases and lung diffusion products for medical applications, or products for any of the myriad specialty gas applications, your first source should be PurityPlus gases and equipment.

Explore our website, the contact the IWDC for further details.

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