January 9th, 2019


Wednesday 9th, January 2019

Cedar Falls “Clarion Inn” Against the Grain Restaurant

(Formerly called the Holiday Inn)

Airgas Supply Company

Topic: Airgas has over 1,100 locations throughout the US with a manufacturing facility in the Cedar Falls Industrial Park. They are a distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases as well as a product line of safety products, welding equipment, specialty tools, and MRO products. Airgas has a presence in all 50 states plus overseas. They have a facility located in the Cedar Falls industrial park that supplies the local market.

Speaker: Mr. Chuck Nielsen is a District Manager with Airgas USA in the Eastern Iowa area and manages 5 stores in Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Mason City, Fort Dodge and Fairfield. Chuck's piece of the Airgas organization includes 5 branch managers, 5 accounts managers and 35 drivers and inside sales associates in his district. The 5 locations generate roughly 27 million in sales.

Chuck's career in the packaged gases business started in 1993 when he applied for a position at Miller Medical Service in Waterloo in the home medical field of the business in sales and service. In 1999 Chuck took a patient services position with Apria Healthcare until he was approached in 2004 by Apria's supplier Airgas about working for Airgas starting in their medical division. After 1 year with Airgas in the medical division Chuck moved to branch manager for the Cedar Falls location, in 2008 became an operations manager for Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, in 2014 returned back to the Cedar Falls branch and the areas account manager and in 2017 entered his current position of district manager.

Chuck was born and raised in Waterloo, IA and a graduate of Waterloo West High, Hawkeye Community College and Upper Iowa University. Chuck is the father of two children Grayson 14 and Carson 11 and coaches a youth travel baseball team and a youth travel basketball team in his free time.

Program Chair: Gary Dorhout

Meal: Plated Dinner: Chicken parmesan, linguine pasta, honey glazed carrots and chocolate cake. Rolls, coffee, tea & milk included.

Price: $20.00 per person (includes tax, tip & room rent)

The Clarion has requested that we collect cash for the meal and not checks. “Cash Please” ☺


Social period: 6:00 P.M.

Dinner: 6:30 P.M.

Location: “Against The Grain” Restaurant, Cedar Falls Clarion Inn 5826 University Ave., Cedar Falls 50613.

Dinner Reservations can be made 2 ways:

1. : reservations@waterlootechnicalsociety.org (preferred)

2. Cell Phone number (319-240-1218)

Please indicate if you are NOT having dinner with us when making a reservation. Please also provide the names of any guests so that nametags can be ready for them.

Please make reservations by noon, Monday 7 Jan 2019. Guests are always welcome.

Note: Checks to purchase meals from the Clarion Inn should be made out to “Clarion Inn.”

Dues: Member dues of $10.00 may be sent to the Treasurer, Kenneth Friend, 1112 W. 4th St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-2430 (ph 319-277-2312) or paid at the meeting. E-mail: friendfamily@cfu.net

Checks for membership to the Waterloo technical Society should be made out to the “Waterloo Technical Society”.