50 Smartest Companies of the Year 2022

An innovator delivering best-in-class gas detection, monitoring, and analysis solutions, while ensuring the safety, education and long-term business of partners and customers worldwide: CO2Meter


Nothing is scarier than unidentifiable gas leaks that can lead to detrimental injuries. This is particularly very harmful to people working in a hazardous environment. A gas leak can easily go undetected, but it will still present a serious health hazard to employees. To make sure that the gas leaks don’t go undetected, companies are now installing gas detection solutions. Globally, there are various companies specializing in delivering excellent gas detection solutions, but CO2Meter stands out from the rest. Today, CO2Meter designs and manufacturers more than 350+ different gas detection devices and technologies used in more than 150 countries around the world. At CO2Meter, they focus on providing gas detection, monitoring, and analysis solutions while also expanding their offerings across industries and applications.

The company’s partners include restaurant chains, large gas distribution companies, and leaders in indoor agriculture, prestige universities, aerospace operations, global transportation, international pharmacies, and more. CO2Meter’s customers, both B2B and B2C, count on its devices to ensure gas safety in the field, provide proper air quality in their homes, and maximize plant yields, or advance research and innovation. CO2Meter’s devices can be used in many different forms – fundamentally ensuring protection, aiding innovation, or mitigating airborne illnesses.

In conversation with Travis Lenander, CEO of CO2Meter

Q. What are the challenges you had to face while developing your solutions? How did you overcome them?

There can be many unique challenges when it comes to creating the perfect gas detector. At CO2Meter, it took a real curiosity for the industry and an understanding of the gas technologies that encompass the heart of each device. While all gas sensors have a specific life span, accuracy, and drift – it takes a lot of knowledge and working in the field to create the right sensing technologies that provide customers with unique, trusted, and reliable solutions in their respected field.

Another hurdle when manufacturing gas detection devices is to ensure that the end-user is properly educated and understands how to use the device in their application. Many users know the importance of monitoring hazardous gases but are unaware of how to troubleshoot should a hazard actually occur. At CO2Meter, we pride ourselves on not only being a source for gas detection solutions but also providing quality education for our customers in the form of training, webinars, case studies, and product demonstration videos.

Q. Tell us about the importance of gas detection solutions and the capabilities of your sensors.

Gas detection and monitoring solutions are really vital in the workplace. They are used across applications to alert individuals of potential dangers prior to them occurring. Without the use of gas detection devices, customers can gain exposure to hazardous gas, resulting in severe negative health effects such as – fatigue, dizziness, nausea, headaches, asphyxiation, and even fatality. Simply put, a gas detector will detect a leak or potential exposure with more speed and efficiency than any human nose.

Q. Do conduct “user research” to work on providing better user experience?

At CO2Meter, we remain dedicated in advancing our research and development, gaining critical industry and professional feedback from those in the field, and taking our technologies to new heights to continue to solve the needs of our partners now and in the future.

Q. There are other major players in this segment. How does your solutions standout from the rest?

For the team at CO2Meter, we differentiate ourselves by our employees. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, we are well educated and pride ourselves on being “leaders in the field.” We do not just “sell” gas detection devices, but we are genuinely interested and curious about new and evolving applications and are always there for continued education to ensure our customers get the most out of their devices and solutions.

When it comes to standing out above the rest, we believe it is all about honesty, transparency, and being original. We do not “sugar coat” when it comes to our selling proposition, and as one of the very first gas detection manufacturers, feel that we are, in fact, the most original and have USA-made products right from our own warehouse in manufacturing.

Q. Do you have any new services ready to be launched?

Our marketing, sales, and engineering teams are continually focused on trends in the industry and help find added applications or solutions for our continually evolving customer needs. Currently, CO2Meter has recently launched a new indoor CO2 grow controller that can be used by both small- and large-scale indoor grow operations. We expect to launch 2-3 additional solutions that are designed primarily for use in industrial, cryogenics, safety, and welding markets.

Q. What does the future hold for your company and its customers? Are exciting things on the way?

CO2Meter is fortunate for the diversity of our product offerings and our expertise in the business, which has allowed us to continue acceleration in our growth trajectory. This year, CO2Meter will be moving to a brand-new consolidated facility in the Summer of 2022. The 20,000 sq. foot consolidated facility will allow CO2Meter to continue to grow its office production, manufacturing, and warehousing capacities as well as its training and service offerings for customers, partners, and community members.

In addition, while not a new application, the increased focus on process cooling and cryogenic applications have been top of mind currently. We see a renewed focus on safety needs in this market and will continue to strengthen our stance to provide customers with low-temperature gas detection solutions, critical for monitoring inert gases like oxygen, helium, nitrogen, or argon – extremely hazardous without monitoring.

Meet the leader behind the success of CO2Meter

Travis Lenander, is the CEO of CO2Meter. He is greatly regarded for his excellent leadership, dedication, and continued push towards the development of CO2Meter in terms of innovation, advancement, and longevity. Coming from a diverse entrepreneurial background, Travis was able to early on help grow the company’s customer base substantially while doubling revenue YOY. Prior to joining CO2Meter, Inc in 2017, Lenander has held roles in business development and management consulting with Fortune 500 companies like GE and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

“Our continued ever-evolving brand and technologies ensures that we are the “go-to” source for ensuring CO2 safety solutions, across the globe”