BASO Gas Products LLC is a privately held Gas Controls manufacturer located in Watertown, Wisconsin. BASO Gas Products provides the highest quality gas valves, pilot burners, ignition controls and accessories to OEM's and Distributors of Commercial Cooking, HVAC, Agricultural Heating, Commercial Burners, Boilers and Dryers.
All BASO products are RoHS compliant and meet or exceed all ANSI, CSA and UL requirements. The manufacturing facility is ISO 9001-2008 certified and utilizes lean manufacturing techniques in the manufacture of its products.
Our Mission is to provide the highest quality products, through excellence in customer support, engineering and manufacturing. We endeavor to exceed our customers' expectations for quality, delivery and service, and do so at a competitive price.
For Almost a Century BASO & Quality Have Remained Synonymous
Since its inception in 1914, BASO has been recognized as an innovative leader in developing and manufacturing a wide range of quality gas control products and accessories.
Orignally called Milwaukee Gas Specialty Company, the facility produced gas range accessories and later added products for water heaters and furnaces.
When the company was granted an exclusive license to manufacture and market the Baltimore Automatic Shut-Off (BASO) switch in 1934, Milwaukee Gas Specialty Company and BASO quickly became synonymous. The company's name was officially changed to BASO, Inc. in 1957.
In 1961, BASO merged with Penn Controls, and the combined entity was later purchased by Johnson Controls, Inc. in 1968.
On August 30, 2004, the BASO gas valve and pilot burner manufacturing business was sold to BASO Gas Products LLC, a company led by George Sopko, the Johnson Controls Watertown Plant Manager for 12 years, and H. Michael Hein, a former Johnson Controls Financial Controller.
Today, BASO is owned by George Sopko and continues with the same employees at the same manufacturing facility. This means customers can continue to obtain the same BASO products, manufactured and supported by the same people, with the same dedication to quality.
While many things have changed in the last 95 plus years, our commitment to producing superior products, providing exceptional customer service and operating with integrity remain unchanged.