Baker’s Gas & Welding Supplies provides a local source for propane and more
After making regular trips to Tecumseh to assist customers with their propane needs from Baker’s home office in Monroe, it became clear to owner Gary Klemz that Baker Propane, Inc. and Baker’s Gas & Welding Supplies, Inc. would be a good fit for Tecumseh. His aunt and uncle started the business in 1936, now run by Gary and his brother Tom, and has expanded to seven locations across southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio.
“We’ve been coming up here for a while from Monroe,” Klemz said. “We found out it was a good market, and it allows us to grow.”
The services and materials offered through Baker Propane, Inc and Baker’s Gas & Welding Supplies make the business a one-stop location for residential, commercial and industrial gas and welding materials and supplies. There is also an extensive website for on-line ordering of supplies.
“We run a pretty big website,” said Justin Brown. “We’re new to town, but we’re not new to business.”
Klemz added, “We’re known as the best kept secret.”
Because Baker buys its propane directly from a refinery, there is no middleman charge to refill propane tanks, which drops tank refill costs by half compared to gas stations and grocery stores. Propane tanks up to 100 pounds can be filled while the customer waits, and they do a pressure check, at no charge, to check for leaks. Baker’s also provides a propane refill service on site for RVs.
One specialty for Baker is temporary heating equipment for construction sites or ground warming. Klemz said the company helped to heat the MGM Grand Casino while it was being built.
Residential and commercial propane needs are easily filled by Baker propane transport, filling any size tank, whether it’s small or 30,000 gallons. Monthly deliveries are easily arranged, and tanks are available for lease or purchase.
Area welders have access to a wide variety of welding supplies and gas mixtures. Brown emphasized that anything not available in the Tecumseh store can be quickly brought from one of the other locations. Baker supplies gas needs from dental and doctor’s offices to florists. The company is able to deliver industrial, medical and laboratory gases, including oxygen, acetylene, argon, nitrogen, and CO2 in gas or liquid form.
The company is getting ready to supply the helium needed to fill the balloons used at the Thanksgiving Day in Detroit. In addition to filling the giant balloons, the company also offers small helium tanks for use at birthday parties.
The company also sells Holland Grills, made in America and with a lifetime burner warranty. Hotsy power washers, which are considered top of the line, are also available through Baker’s. Fire extinguishers are available for sale, and Baker’s also offers service of extinguishers. The company is happy to travel to any business for fire extinguisher testing.
Brown believes the best reason to use Baker’s for any gas or welding need is the dedication of the staff. “It’s family-owned and family-run,” he said. “You’re not just another number.”
Klemz credits staff for the company’s success. “We’ve got a lot of good people,” he said.
Brown added, “We like to build a personal connection with all of our customers.”
For more information about the services offered by Baker’s Gas & Welding Supplies, Inc. and Baker’s Propane, Inc., people can call 517.423.0904 or visit their websites at bakersgas.com and bakers-propane.com.