BOWLING GREEN, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A-Gas, a global leader in the supply and lifecycle management of refrigerant gases, has acquired Certified Refrigerant Services, Inc. (CRS) in Punta Gorda, Florida.
CRS has a strong history of service excellence in South Florida for nearly 30 years, providing essential service to Florida’s HVACR contractors and, in turn, Floridians. A-Gas is excited to add Founder and CEO, Rick Roland, and his team in Punta Gorda to the existing refrigerant sales and operations teams and transition CRS customers to direct A-Gas customers.
In 2021, Florida saw twice as many people move into the state as those who left Florida. With a growing population, the need for responsible refrigerant management will be crucial for everyone involved in the life cycle of refrigerants, from initial installation through maintenance and recovery. Responsible refrigerant management also allows A-Gas to recover more refrigerant gases, ensuring the production of fewer virgin products.
This will only increase as the US Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act gradually reduces US production and consumption of all hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, which are widely used in refrigeration, air conditioning and fire protection, over the next 15 years. . The gradual reduction in available virgin gases will greatly exceed the demand for new equipment and the continued maintenance of existing equipment. This gap will be filled with recovered gases, which A-Gas and CRS can supply.
A-Gas Group Managing Director Jack Govers said, “We look forward to this expansion of our refrigerants business in the United States. This demonstrates our continued commitment to the safe and efficient recovery and regeneration of refrigerant gases, which is an essential part of the circular economy and a sustainable future.
Mike Armstrong, President of A-Gas in the Americas, said, “As a modern recuperator and supplier of refrigerant gases, A-Gas provides our customers and industry with sustainable solutions. By recovering refrigerant gases, we will continue to have a positive impact on the environment, which is even more important in a state like Florida that is experiencing extreme weather conditions due to climate change.
Rick Roland, Founder and CEO of Certified Refrigerant Services, said, “Joining A-Gas is a no-brainer. With their global resources and expertise in recovery and reclamation, safety and operations, the team I have built will continue to grow and develop. Together, we will be better positioned to serve the vital businesses we have supported over the years.
This is A-Gas’ tenth acquisition since the investment from private equity firm KKR. Recent acquisitions include Halon.US and H3R Clean Agents in the United States, a site and recovery facility in Italy, Salience Solutions in Australia in 2021 and Fuso.co.Ltd in Japan in January 2022.
A-Gas (USA), headquartered in Bowling Green, Ohio, is a trading subsidiary of A-Gas International (headquarters in Bristol, UK) and is the largest recovery and regeneration of refrigerants in the world. The Company’s core business provides environmental solutions and life cycle management services for ozone depleting substances and global warming agents, including CFCs, HCFCs, HFCs and halons in HVAC/refrigeration and fire suppression industries. For more information about A-Gas, please visit www.agas.com/us