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R.N. Goss Gas Products Celebrates 85 Years in Business

R.N. Goss Gas Products, located in Reno, marks its 85th year serving the area.  The company was established in 1934 with unassuming beginnings in Oil City.  Robert Norman Goss started the company during the Great Depression. By 1933, the height of the depression, unemployment had risen from 3% to 25% of the nation’s workforce.

The original site of Goss Gas was on Seventh Street in Oil City.  At the time, no propane or welding cylinders were filled on site.  Goss Gas moved to its current location along Route 8 in Reno in 1960. The company is an industrial gas and welding supplier with a retail store that distributes a wide range of welding and safety products and accessories.  Industrial gases are used for many applications including welding and fabrication, food processing, plastics manufacturing, and the healthcare industry.

In the late 1950’s, second generation N. Grant Goss joined his brother in business and together they operated Goss Gas until the early 1970’s.

Third generation joined the business in 1974 when just out of college, Dave Goss returned to Oil City to help in the family business.

“I didn’t really have a plan after college, but circumstances intervened,” Dave said.  He came home to assist in the business and never left.

Dave Goss eventually became the owner of the company, and last year the fourth generation joined the company with the addition of Goss’s daughter, Monika Goss, serving as the purchasing and inventory manager. 

Dave Goss says, “Distribution of compressed gases is a heavily geographically dependent operation and there has always been a local need for this type of supply business in our area.  Our size and our ability to really focus on our customers’ needs allow us to service the rural market more effectively than larger distributors.”

Goss Gas Products is part of a family of related businesses that includes RenovEx and Provanta, both of which focus on propane.  Between the three companies, over 100 local people are employed.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s July 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Fourth Generation Joins Goss Gas

image001-2R.N. Goss Gas Products is pleased to announce that Monika Goss has joined the company as the new Purchasing and Inventory Manager.  She is the fourth generation to work in the family business, which was started by her great-grandfather, R.N. Goss, in 1934.

Her role at the company involves anticipating and responding to customer needs and the coordination of many aspects of the business including sales, operations, and delivery. Primarily, she works directly with the sales team and suppliers to ensure inventory is optimized to meet market demand.

Goss says: “I always knew I wanted to join the family business and play a bigger role in the company. I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to be a part of the next chapter for Goss Gas.  Not many businesses have this level of succession and it’s exciting to look at the business with fresh eyes and to create opportunities for improvement along the way.”

Starting from a young age, she has worked part time for the family business and is eager to put her biomedical engineering background to use in new ways adding: “I have a very analytical approach to problem solving.  I’ve always loved working with numbers and a big part of this job is using data to make informed decisions.”

Goss graduated from Oil City High School in 2010 and Case Western Reserve University in 2015 with a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.  She worked in the neural engineering field for several years before returning to the area with her husband this past spring.

“My dad never pushed me to join the family business.  He has always been supportive of me exploring other opportunities and gaining outside experience before coming back.”

Dave Goss, who joined the business in 1974 and has been president since 1989, says: “Monika is committed to improving our focus on customer needs and all of our internal processes.  She is learning every facet of the operation and finding ways to make meaningful contributions.  I’m absolutely delighted to have someone as conscientious as she is in such a key position.  The future looks bright.”

Monika_BoxJeff Rivers, General Manager, said: “I am very excited to have Monika on board as our Purchasing/Inventory manager. She brings a high level of energy and a new set of ideas to our organization. She is committed to the success of the company and to our employees. Since Monika has arrived, I feel like I have a new partner in this business, someone with the same values and determination to succeed.”

As part of her training, Goss interacts with every department and has worked in various capacities company-wide to get an overall sense of how the organization interacts.  “For me, it’s about experiencing every role within the company to understand and improve our processes, customer service, and efficiency, “ she said.

Goss wants to ensure the high level of customer service be maintained explaining that, “one major advantage we have is that we are large enough to have the resources to service our customer needs, but small enough to focus on personalized service.

Goss Gas Products is a local, independent distributor of industrial gases and welding supplies serving residential and commercial customers throughout northwestern Pennsylvania.  Goss Gas is part of a family of local brands including RenovEx and Provanta and is located in Reno, PA.  Goss Gas will mark its 85th year in business in 2019.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s January 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.