Kaplan Industries – About Us

With its new spacious 16-acre campus in Harrison Ohio, Kaplan Industries Inc. now can produce 35,000 cylinders at any given time. The new facility gave Kaplan Industries Inc. the ability to expand their horizon. With this additional space a decision was made in 2017 to enter the specialty gas business. With two bulk tanks, Kaplan Industries Inc. is growing quickly making their name known.

Kaplan Industries Inc. is a second  generation family business evolving into its third , with memberships including IOMA, GAWDA, DEMA, ARW, and HARDI. Today, Kaplan Industries, Inc. enjoys partnerships with manufacturers, not only limited to the U.S. but throughout the world, bringing the finest quality products that meet or exceed worldwide specifications, including ISO 9000. We are small enough to care for all our customers and large enough to meet the needs of our most demanding ones. We are a government approved vendor, we also do a lot of exclusive work for Praxair and Airgas. We can meet the requirements of our Mission Statement, to provide quick response programs that continue to serve our customers’ needs efficiently, accurately, and safely.

Our Sales Representatives combined, have over 80 years of experience in our industry. They are a wealth of knowledge which they are happy to share. We have a total of five sales representatives who are always available. Each state has a designated sales representative. Having the amount of sales representative that we do lets each of them focus on a specific territory. This has successfully resulted in the ability to meet new customers as well as continue forth on our current relationships and assisting our forever customers each and every request.

Our greatest asset, however, is our committed Management Team. Ownership has dedicated itself to a hands-on approach to growth and has committed the resources to get the job done! We look forward to servicing all your cylinder requirements, so please give us the opportunity to serve you with your tangible needs, as well as with our eagerness to form relationships devoted to your company’s success. At Kaplan, our customer’s needs come first. Do not hesitate to hold back because, like the cylinders we sell, we can handle the pressure.

Over six decades ago, two brothers, Albert and Morris Kaplan, founded an independent surplus company that still bears their name to this day. Working out of a small Philadelphia location seven days a week, the brothers, through hard work and common-sense marketing, were able to supply local welding and fire protection distributors with compressed gas cylinders and related equipment.

In 1959, A-M Fire Equipment Company was founded. Upon acquiring UL approval, the company was one of the first distributors in this area to service the fire and safety distributors with their requirements for soda acid and CO 2 fire extinguishers.

Through the growth of A-M Fire Equipment, Kaplan Industries, Inc. was formed, focusing on supplying their established customer base with an expanded line of new and reconditioned steel compressed gas cylinders. Due to demand, Kaplan Industries, Inc. broadened its product line with the addition of reconditioned tube trailers, related cryogenic plants, and equipment. This was accomplished through hands-on experience, hard work, and dedication. By 1969, due to the increase in business, this once modest operation had outgrown its small location in Philadelphia. Morris Kaplan set his sights on a larger facility located just across the river in a busy industrial section of Maple Shade, New Jersey.

By the mid-1980s, two of Morris’ children, Dean and Rita, had become vital members of the company. Dean began at an entry-level position and through earnest dedication propelled himself to the position of President by his late twenties. Rita first began as a Customer Service Representative and within five years, through a sincere desire to succeed, achieved the position of Vice President. As the company continued to grow it became crucial to move to a new location with more space to enable future growth. In 2011 having purchased the Midwest Cylinder company in Harrison Ohio, the Kaplan siblings decided to expand their grounds and moved to a 16-acre facility in Harrison, Ohio which is now Kaplan Industries national headquarters.

In an ever-changing world Kaplan Industries, Inc. has dedicated itself to the old-fashioned values of workmanship and service, committed to meeting customer’s needs efficiently, accurately, and safely.

Utilizing quick response programs to set new standards for our industry; our cutting-edge technology and commitment to quality and service will assure our future growth and position of industry leadership for years to come.

DEAN KAPLAN
CEO
RITA KAPLAN
President
JIM JOHNSTON
Executive Vice President
PAUL O'NEAL
Vice President of Operations
ZACH FAW
Controller
ED JONES
Logistics Manager / Plant Manager
MICHELLE MCINTOSH
Human Resources
BUD ALLEN
Marketing Vice President
CHRIS ZEINNER
General Manager
BEAU PAPANIA
Director of Sales
BARBRA LEONE
Purchasing Manager / International Logistics
JEFF ISON
Sales & Operation Coordinator / Sales Representative for Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
DEVON GOODMAN
National Sales Manager of Specialty Gases
KIM BENTON
Accounts Receivable / Customer Service
JACQUIE POLLITT
Account Manager of Government Orders
DOTTIE MCLEER
Warehouse Account Specialist
PAIGE KAPLAN
Customer Service
JENNIFER WHITAKER
Receptionist
JARROD JONES
Southern Sales Manager
KEN ISON
Plant Manager