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Airgas Acquires Two Welding Supply Companies

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 3:47pm
Airgas, Inc.

Airgas Acquires Metroplex Service Welding Supply and Excel Welding & Industrial Supplies

Radnor, PA - Airgas, Inc., one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, today announced that it has acquired the assets and operations of two core industrial gas and welding supply distributors that complement the Airgas portfolio of products and services. Combined annual revenues for the two acquired businesses are more than $30 million. Financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

Effective December 31, 2012, Airgas USA, LLC acquired the assets and operations of Metroplex Service Welding Supply, Inc. Metroplex locations in Fort Worth, Decatur, Gainesville, Burleson, and Mineral Wells, TX, and 47 associates are now part of Airgas’ Southwest region.

Effective December 31, 2012, Airgas USA, LLC acquired the assets and operations of Excel Welding & Industrial Supplies, Inc. Excel’s Philadelphia, PA, location and 10 associates are now part of Airgas’ East region.

“Acquiring Metroplex and Excel will help to further increase our density and strengthen our competitive position in each of these geographies. We’re very pleased to have these new employees and loyal customers join the Airgas family,” said Les Graff, Airgas Senior Vice President − Corporate Development. “Growth through acquisition remains an important complement to our organic growth story, and we look forward to continuing to enhance our integrated product and service offering to customers through the acquisition of both core and adjacent product and service businesses in the future.”

Since the beginning of its fiscal year, Airgas has acquired 15 businesses with aggregate annual revenues of more than $94 million.

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