LifeGas, a company of The Linde Group, has announced its acquisition of Sky Oxygen Inc.’s medical business, effective as of 29th February 2008 and indicative of the company’s drive to strengthen its medical gas supply chain in the US.

Sky Oxygen, headquartered in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, is a third generation independent gas and welding supply distributor, serving the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. With this transaction, LifeGas acquires two of Sky Oxygen’s locations in Ohio, and Pennsylvania, while also operating from Sky Oxygen’s Carnegie location to service the greater Pittsburgh area.

Seventeen Sky Oxygen sales and operations associates will be joining LifeGas to support and grow the medical business in these markets.

Mike Walsh, President of LifeGas, said, “The addition of Sky Oxygen's medical gas business significantly strengthens our supply chain in the Eastern US. Both companies bring a strong customer service focus and dedication to quality. Our expanding product and service lines are being well received by customers and employees on both sides of the merger.”

LifeGas is the US medical gases business of The Linde Group, specialising in providing premier medical gases and gas-enabled solutions to hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities, emergency management services and home healthcare providers with service to over 1000 hospitals and home care providers.

The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company with around 50,000 employees working in approximately 100 countries and achieved sales in the 2007 financial year of €12.3bn.