Airgas announced today (Saturday) it has completed the acquisition of the assets and operations of The Encompass Gas Group, effective at the close of business on October 31st.

Airgas first announced its agreement to acquire Encompass on October 7th, subject to regulatory approval and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

Headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, Encompass was one of the largest privately-owned suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related hardgoods in the US. With eleven locations and more than 130 associates in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa, Encompass generated approximately $55m in revenues in 2012.

“We are very excited to welcome the associates and customers of Encompass into the Airgas family and look forward to continuing the tradition of excellent customer service that Encompass’ customers have come to expect,” said Airgas Executive Chairman Peter McCausland. “We believe the combination of Airgas and Encompass will only enhance the quality of service and breadth of product offering available to current and future customers in the region.”

Encompass had been family owned and operated since its founding in 1955 as Rockford Industrial Welding Supply. “This is a new chapter for Encompass’ loyal and professional associates, and I’m confident that they will thrive in Airgas’ customer-focused culture,” said Gary Bertrand, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Encompass Gas Group.

“Airgas’ commitment to the packaged gas business and consistent investment in the local strength and service required to succeed in our industry point to a very bright future for Encompass’ associates and customers alike under the Airgas name.”