Airgas acquisitions strengthen operations


Airgas has announced it has acquired Wright Welding Supply Inc, an industrial gas and welding supply distributor headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and 2 other distributors in Texas and British Columbia, with all 3 transactions closed effective as of 1st December 2007.

The acquisitions are thought to be adding a total of $22m in acquired annual sales, with the company purchasing Basin Welding Supply in Odessa and Mainland Welding Supplies Ltd in British Columbia.

Wright Welding Supply Inc operates in Iowa and eastern Nebraska from 5 locations, with an industrial and specialty gas fill plant in Des Moines. These operations, including around 40 employees, have been integrated into Airgas North Central, one of the regional companies within Airgas.

Ron Stark, president of Airgas North Central, commented, “We are very excited that Rick Kersey, the owner of this second-generation family business, and his team at Wright Welding will join us. They will add invaluable industry and operational experience to an already strong team in Iowa and Nebraska.”

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