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Headquarters: Radnor, PA
2011 Revenues: $4.7 billion
Change in Sales from 2010: 9.3%
Locations: More than 1,285 locations (875 branches)
Key Executives: CEO Peter McCausland; COO Michael Molinini; CFO Robert McLaughlin; CIO Robert Dougherty; General Counsel Robert Young Jr.; SVP HR Dwight Wilson; SVP Corporate Development Leslie Graff
2011 Acquisitions: Pain Enterprises
The distributor of welding gases and equipment is slowly returning to acquisitions after it fought off a hostile takeover bid from Air Products in 2011. In 2012, the distributor purchased Nordan Smith, an industrial welding supplies distributor with 17 locations. One of the biggest news items for Airgas in recent months is the announcement by Founder Peter McCausland that he will step down as CEO in August 2012. COO Michael Molinini will take the helm. McCausland has been president and CEO since 1987. Read MDM's 2011 interview with McCausland on Airgas' Return to Normalcy.
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