American Welding & Gas, Inc. (AWG) has acquired Axmen Propane, effective immediately.

Axmen Propane has headquarters in Frenchtown, western Montana and has been owned by the Hanson family and Mike Svoboda since 2000.

“The combination formed with our existing Silvertip Propane business creates the largest independent propane provider in Montana and surrounding areas,” AWG said in a statement.

Jason Krieger, President and CEO of AWG, said, “We are excited to welcome the Axmen family to the AWG team. Their commitment to safety and their focus on not just delivering propane, but delivering customer peace of mind, is well-aligned with our existing value proposition for our AWG Silvertip Propane customers. We look forward to continued growth together.”

Mike Svoboda, Owner/General Manager of Axmen Propane, said, “We just finished our 20th year and we are very pleased to have teamed up with AWG to carry on Axmen Propane for at least the next 20 years.”

AWG, headquartered in Raleigh in North Carolina, is one of the largest independent distributors of industrial, medical and specialty gases in the US and operates over 70 retail locations and 18 fill plants stretching from Montana to Florida. AWG is one of the largest independent gas and welding supplies distributors in the US with facilities in 21 states distributing gases to over 30 states and Canada.