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Hobart Brothers' vice president retires

February 7, 2006

Hobart Brothers Co., Troy, Ohio, has announced that Gene Sabel, vice president of sales, has retired after more than 40 years of service in the welding industry.Sabel made his start in 1963 at A.O. Smith Corp.'s Welding Products Div. under Marquette University's cooperative education program. A.O....

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Harris Calorific, Airgas form agreement

January 10, 2006

Harris Calorific Inc., Gainesville, Ga., and Airgas Inc., Radnor, Pa., have announced an agreement to jointly market gases and gas control equipment for CO2lasers used in materials processing.With the agreement, Airgas has chosen to market Harris Calorific laser gas control equipment exclusively....

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BOC adds Merriam-Graves to distributor network

January 10, 2006

The BOC Group, Murray Hill, N.J., has added Merriam-Graves, Charlestown, N.H., to its network of independent distributors.Merriam-Graves is a privately held distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases. It has 22 locations throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut,...

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Strong Welding Products names vice president/managing director

January 10, 2006

Strong Welding Products Inc., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., has named William Shum as vice president and managing director of Rankin Industries, San Diego, a designer and producer of hardfacing products.Shum has spent 10 years at Rankin, where he served as director of research and development....

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Praxair Distribution, Preco form alliance

December 13, 2005

Praxair Inc., Danbury, Conn., has announced that its subsidiary, Praxair Distribution Inc., has formed an alliance with Preco Inc. to promote and sell laser welding, cladding, and heat-treating systems and services to the fabrication industry.According to Janet Coffman, vice president of business...

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Arcos Industries announces new appointments

December 13, 2005

Arcos Industries LLC, Mount Carmel, Pa., has announced five new appointments.Cindy Henninger has been named northeast regional sales representative. She has been with the company for 12 years.Harry Wehr has been promoted to military and nuclear sales manager. He was been with the company for 23...

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BOC Canada appoints operations and technical director

October 11, 2005

BOC Canada, Mississauga, Ont., has named Doug Bonnar as its operations and technical director. Bonnar is responsible for establishing the new operations and technical group, in line with the company's global business model.The new group consists of the company's supply chain, production, transport,...

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Diamond Ground Products upgrades Web site

September 13, 2005

Diamond Ground Products, Newbury Park, Calif., has upgraded its Web site.Besides showcasing the company's products, the site also features free tungsten guidebook downloads designed to help welders select and prepare tungsten, tungsten sample request pages, new sections on tungsten fabrication and...

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Airgas names president, Airgas South

July 12, 2005

Airgas Inc. has appointed Jay Sullivan as president of its Airgas South region.Sullivan, who has served as chief financial officer of Airgas South since 1997, succeeds Mike Rohde, who recently was named senior vice president of distribution operations for Airgas Inc. Airgas South's region comprises...

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Airgas acquires two welding supply companies

June 14, 2005

Airgas, Radnor, Pa., has acquired the assets and operations of Vancouver Welding Supply Inc. (VWS), based in Vancouver, Wash., and Cumberland Welding & Supply Co. Inc. in Cumberland, Md.Airgas Nor Pac, also based in Vancouver, has taken over the industrial gas and welding supply business at three...

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Airgas signs letter of intent to purchase Kanox Inc.

May 10, 2005

Airgas Inc. has signed a nonbinding letter of intent to acquire Kanox Inc., a Kansas-based distributor of packaged gases and welding hardgoods. Airgas currently owns 25 percent of the outstanding stock and would purchase the remaining shares from private shareholders. The companies are working...

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Appeals court rules in favor of Centricut

May 10, 2005

Centricut LLC, West Lebanon, N.H., a subsidiary of Hypertherm Inc., has announced that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed an earlier decision of a federal New Hampshire court, lifting an injunction filed by ESAB Welding & Cutting Products prohibiting Centricut's manufacture of...

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Flame Technologies names president/COO

April 12, 2005

Flame Technologies Inc. has named 20-year company veteran Shawn Toops as president and COO.Toops previously served the company as vice president/general manager, a position he held since 1999. In his new role, he assumes overall responsibility for the company's daily operations, as well as its...

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BOC signs AWISCO NY

March 8, 2005

BOC has signed a multiyear supply agreement with AWISCO NY Corp., a distributor of compressed gases and welding, safety, and industrial supplies.AWISCO serves the construction trades, including steel erectors, mechanical contractors, and infrastructure repair contractors, in New York City and the...

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Airgas names vice president–hardgoods

February 4, 2005

Airgas Inc. has appointed David E. Levin as vice president–hardgoods, with responsibility for product management of all welding/MRO hardgoods and safety products. Levin had been vice president–safety products since April 2003.Levin manages a combined product management team that...

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