American Welding & Gas (AWG) has acquired NFC Company.

Based in Chicago, NFC Company is a locally owned and operated brewing supplies company and therefore strengthens AWG’s presence in the food and beverage market.

Founded in 1949, North Carolina-based AWG is one of the US’ largest independently owned producer and distributor of industrial, medical, beverage and specialty gases.

Jason Krieger, President and CEO of AWG, said, “Today we have the pleasure of welcoming the Francis family and employees of NFC Company into our AWG family.”

“Over 46 years ago, they started NFC Company with the thought of providing service to customers in the Chicago area and have been growing their business ever since.”

“Combining NFC and AWG positions us to expand our capabilities to serve all our customers throughout Chicagoland. We appreciate this opportunity to further enhance the service to our new customers.”

On joining forces with AWG, Norb Francis, Owner of NFC Company said, “In the past 46 years I worked side by side with my family and met amazing customers along the way.”

“It has been a pleasure to watch breweries, bars, coffee shops, convenience stores and restaurants grow and evolve as my own business was doing the same.”

“After much consideration I have made the decision to partner with AWG as my wife and I prepare for retirement. I truly appreciate the relationship I made over the years.”