Airgas acquires Great Lakes Oxygen

February 10, 2009

Airgas Inc., Radnor, Pa., has completed the acquisition of Great Lakes Oxygen, also doing business as Welder's Supply, Westside Welders Supply, Great Lakes Propane, and Lake Erie Iron and Metal.

Great Lakes Oxygen, a distributor of industrial gas and welding supplies, generates annual revenues of more than $15 million through locations in Cleveland, Painesville, and Brook Park, Ohio. Facilities include retail showrooms, warehouses, fill plants, a specialty gas laboratory, and an acetylene plant.

"This transaction allows us to offer a broader array of products and services to an expanded base of valued customers," said Kevin McBride, Airgas Great Lakes president.

Airgas Inc. distributes industrial, medical, and specialty gases; welding equipment and supplies; and safety products.

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