CK SUPPLY

CK Supply Is The Largest Independent Supplier Of Compressed Gases, Welding And Cutting Equipment, And Supplies In Missouri. Our Five Retail Locations Throughout Missouri & Illinois Offer A Combination Of Products, Services, And Technical Support To Meet Your Expectations.

THE CK Supply DIFFERENCE

Caring for Our Employees, Customers, Vendors, & Community

Core Focus

Make things better every day by providing solutions for welding and gas applications.

Core Values

People Oriented – Honest, Respectful, Fair, Trustworthy, Believers in the “Golden Rule”
Solutions Focused – Knowledgeable, Technical, Innovative, Creative, Problem Solvers
Driven – Hardworking, Dedicated, Great Work Ethic, The Best at What We Do
Passionate – Winners, Proud, Positive “Can Do” Attitude, Professional Appearance, Love What We Do

Why We Are Unique

Expertise and hands-on knowledge of our people
Hands-on customer relationships—support and service
Complete creative solutions

The Story

CK Supply, a St. Louis-based company, opened for business on Nov. 3, 1948, as a distributor for National Cylinder Gas Company, a manufacturer of gases and welding equipment. CK Supply was founded by Ralph Chase and Ralph Knight. They derived the name of CK Supply by using the “C” from Chase and the “K” from Knight. On Aug. 22, 1951, Chase and Knight sold the assets of the company to Homer Fudge. At that time, Paul Dunn was a service technician with National Cylinder Gas Company and CK Supply was one of his customers. In April of 1955, Paul Dunn became the sales manager for CK Supply.

On Dec. 6, 1955, Dunn purchased all of the stock of CK Supply from Homer Fudge. When Dunn purchased the company, there were three employees: Paul Dunn, one truck driver, and one bookkeeper. Also at that time, CK Supply operated with one truck and utilized a building with space between 3,000-5,000 square feet. The growth of the company exceeded the space available. In 1957, CK Supply moved to new facilities on Folsom Avenue. CK Supply experienced continued growth for the next 24 years. Sales grew from $100,000 per year and three employees to $2.6 million and 18 employees. Paul Dunn retired in March of 1979, and his son, Tom Dunn, took over as president of the company. Expansion plans for a new 20,000-square-foot office/warehouse began and in 1985 CK Supply moved into its new facility across the street. For the next 16 years, CK Supply expanded by adding three more branch locations to the west of St. Louis and two locations in Illinois to better serve their customers.

In November of 1997, CK Supply had an opportunity to move its headquarters two miles west to a 120,000-square-foot building on six acres. The new headquarters on Manchester Road, between I-44 & Highway 40, enables CK Supply to better serve customers by having everything under one roof. CK Supply currently services within a 100-mile radius of the St. Louis metropolitan area.

In 2014, CK Supply expanded into dry ice manufacturing to better serve the Missouri market with a local source. CK Supply has recently expanded its foot print adding locations in Joplin and Kansas City, MO.

In 2020, Tom Dunn officially retired as CEO after 49 years of service and Ned Lane continues as operating President & CEO. The third generation of the Dunn family remains active owners and employees in business.

  1. CK Supply reveals new branding to better position themselves for future growth.

  2. CK Supply announces Employee Stock Ownership Plan of 49% for all employees.

  3. CK Supply celebrated 70 Years in Business & dedicated the"Together We Build" Statue to all of our employees, customers, vendors, & community partners.

  4. Archview Carbonic Established. CK Supply Named Top Workplaces. Dry Ice Facility opens in Joplin, MO

  5. CK Supply expands into dry ice manufacturing.

  6. CK Supply officially names the Hil Bax Technical Center after former longtime employee Hil Bax. CK Supply also celebrated 60 years in business & donated $60,000 to various community initiatives/charities.

  7. Gateway Cylinder Technologies facility in Highland, IL is established in partnership with CK Supply.

  8. Cryogas CO2 division is established in partnership with CK Supply.

  9. CK Supply opens retail store in Centralia, IL (Closed - 2019)

  10. CK Supply establishes cylinder bar coding technology for all cylinders.

  11. Headquarters moves to 120,000 square foot building off Manchester Road. CK Supply also opened a retail location in Villa Ridge, MO.

  12. CK Supply establishes the Gas Express System for Microbulk. CK Supply also opened a retail location in Wood River, IL.

  13. Specialty gas laboratory opens.

  14. Branch office opens in O’Fallon IL.

  15. Branch office opens in Eureka MO (Moved to Villa Ridge, MO in 2006).

  16. Branch office opens in O’Fallon MO.

  17. Branch office opens in Alton IL, sparking a solid decade of expansion (Moved to Wood River, IL in 1996).

  18. Welding equipment repair and rental division launched.

  19. More growth means another move, this time to a 30,000 square foot office and warehouse up the street on Folsom Ave.

  20. Paul Dunn retires after 24 years having grown Cee Key to $2.6 million in sales and 18 employees. Tom Dunn, his son, takes over as CEO and CK Supply remains a family-led business.

  21. Growing sales and a growing family! CK Supply moves to a new headquarters on Folsom Avenue.

  22. Paul Dunn, a sales manager with National Cylinder Gas Company buys CK Supply. At the time CK Supply only had three employees.

  23. CK Supply opens as a distributor for National Cylinder Gas Company. Founded by Ralph Chase and Ralph Knight they supplied welding equipment, gases, and the iconic “C” and “K” that stands as the company name to this day.

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For High-Quality Equipment, Premium, Lab-Certified Gases, And Excellent Customer Service, Trust CK Supply.