Airgas, Inc., Radnor, PA, has completed acquiring the assets and operations of Vancouver Welding Supply, Inc., Vancouver, WA, and Cumberland Welding & Supply Co., Inc., Cumberland, MD. In all, the two businesses had more than $9 million in sales in 2004.
Airgas Nor Pac, also based in Vancouver, WA, has taken over the industrial gas and welding supply business at three stores located in Vancouver, WA, Longview, WA and The Dalles, OR, which were doing business as Vancouver Welding Supply, Bi-State Welding Supply and Mid-Columbia Welders Supply.
Not included in the transaction is the Carbonic Systems, Inc. division of VWS, which will remain under the management of the sellers, Lyle and Greg Evanson. Airgas will move the Vancouver Welding cylinder filling operations to nearby Airgas fill plants and the Vancouver retail store will remain open and operate as an Airgas store. The Dalles and Longview stores also will operate as Airgas.
"We are very excited about this transaction and the opportunities that it brings Airgas," said Mark Clemens, president of Airgas Nor Pac, which operates in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Northern Idaho and western Canada. "We are especially pleased that these new locations will strengthen our service to our core industrial markets. These locations, plus others we recently acquired in Tigard, Salem and Longview will improve the service we provide to our core customers."
In the second transaction, the one location of Cumberland Welding has become part of Airgas Mid America, which also operates in West Virginia, western Virginia, and locations in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. Lenny Twigg, grandson of Cumberland Welding's founder, will join Airgas Mid America as branch manager in Cumberland, MD.
"Extending into this area of western Maryland with this acquired branch gives us an additional location to serve our core customers," said Bob Hilliard, president of Airgas Mid America, which is headquartered in Bowling Green, KY. "We also look forward to providing Cumberland's customers with the full range of our welding and safety products."