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Company History

Steady Expansion, Continual Growth

Robert O. Wiesemann Sr. and his son Robert O. Wiesemann II founded Continental Carbonic in 1976. During its first 10 years, Continental Carbonic operated as a distributor of dry ice in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

In the mid-1980s, Continental Carbonic began manufacturing dry ice in Decatur, Illinois. Over the last 30 years, Continental Carbonic expanded through both acquisition of regional dry ice distributors and the construction of strategically located dry ice manufacturing facilities, providing a ready dry ice supply closer to its continually growing customer base. New branch warehouses were opened to market the increased production capacity and quickly react to customer service needs. Continental Carbonic's extensive manufacturing and distribution network enables it to provide a reliable source of dry ice and remain the low-cost supplier in the markets it serves.

Continental Carbonic has enjoyed an unbroken record of profitability since its inception and finished 2014 with more than $120 million in annual sales. Continental Carbonic currently employs approximately 830 people.

In February 2014, Matheson, a leading supplier of industrial gases and welding supplies, acquired Continental Carbonic. Matheson is committed to supporting Continental Carbonic's impressive growth in the markets it serves.