Airgas, Inc., has announced it has acquired the assets and operations of Smith Welding Supply & Equipment, Inc. and its affiliated company, Bayer Welding Supply, LLC.

Effective as of 31st December 2007, six acquired locations in the Detroit area have been integrated with Airgas Great Lakes, one of the regional companies within Airgas.

Smith and Bayer had combined annual sales of $16m in calendar 2006. Its central industrial gas fill plant in Ferndale, MI supported branches in Wixom, Clinton, Detroit, and Auburn Hills, plus a location in Warren operating as Bayer Welding.

$quot;These new locations will expand our presence in the greater Detroit area, enhancing our ability to serve our customers,$quot; said Kevin McBride, president of Airgas Great Lakes. $quot;We also welcome Irving Sparage and about 60 Smith associates to the Airgas Great Lakes team.$quot;