Supplier Diversity

We recognize the importance of diverse minds, experience, cultures and businesses. We are committed to creating an environment that attracts and supports talented people, without regard to race, creed or ethnicity.

Messer is committed to leadership in creating economic opportunities for all segments of our regional communities. We believe sustainable change requires strategic relationships and a commitment of resources and capital. Messer's objective is to grow the resources and capacity within our communities' minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs) and woman-owned business enterprises (WBEs).

Supplier Diversity

Developing strategic relationships with high-performing certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women Business Enterprises (WBE) creates a competitive advantage that will better serve our customers. Messer's objective is to grow the resources and capacity within our communities' MBEs and WBEs. In fiscal year 2014, more than $171 million dollars, or 19.17% of Messer's total outside purchases, were spent with certified M/WBEs. Our goal is to have participation on every project.

Messer competes for high-performing subcontractors, which are the foundation of our ability to deliver on our commitments.

Developing strategic relationships with high-performing minority-and-women-owned subcontractors helps create a competitive advantage that will both better serve our customers and grow our market share.

Step 1: Certification

MBE/WBEs who are interested in doing business with Messer must first be certified. We accept certifications from the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and its regional chapters, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and its regional chapters as well as any federal, municipal, or state certifications.

For additional information, download the list of approved MBE and WBE certifying agencies.

Step 2: Subcontractor Vendor Form

Next, our Subcontractor Vendor Form must be completed. This form may be requested from the Economic Inclusion Department (contact information below), or filled out online.

Step 3: Connect with us

Messer encourages potential subcontractors to contact us to discuss specific areas of expertise. This allows Messer to identify key opportunities and individuals to be the most successful business partners. Email

Supplier Diversity Leadership Team

Messer's Supplier Diversity Leasership Team is comprised of Executives and Managers from each region. Members are responsible for being the messengers, voice and energy to help drive Supplier Diversity initiatives and ensure that best practices are implemented consistently.

Corporate - Niki Krebs, Matthew Verst, Sonya Walton, Stanford Williams, Tiffany Williamson

Cincinnati - J. Stephen Eder, Gregory Herrin

Charlotte - Tony Stamper

Columbus - Primus Suffren

Dayton -  Ian Simpson

Indianapolis - Jim Glasener

Knoxville - John Blum

Lexington - Mark Hill, Reggie Smith

Louisville -  George McMinn

Nashville - Chris Steigerwald