Family run gas compnay Wilson Welding & Medical Gases of Warren, Michigan has been acquired by Praxair Distribution, Inc.

Wilson operates a cylinder filling plant and retail store in Warren, retail stores in Macomb and Pontiac, and a beverage CO2 business in Flint, Michigan. The business generated sales of $20m in 2006 and has 72 employees.

$quot;The addition of Wilson to our existing network in Southeastern Michigan further strengthens Praxair's ability to serve customers throughout the Great Lakes region,$quot; said Praxair Distribution president Wayne Yakich. $quot;The Wilson family has created a premier business with a strong commitment to superior customer service. We look forward to continuing this tradition of service by providing our new Praxair customers with a comprehensive array of packaged gases, equipment, supplies and services.$quot;

Wilson president Dennis Wilson echoed this sentiment saying, $quot;For 69 years, our dedicated employees have delivered quality products and services with complete confidence and customer satisfaction.$quot; He further explained, $quot;Our philosophy of service has allowed us to become a leader in the packaged gas industry. Combining our business with Praxair will continue to benefit our customers and employees.$quot;