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Valley National Gases Incorporated, Washington, PA, has acquired Plymouth Wayne Welding Supplies, Inc., an industrial gases and welding supply distributor with four locations in Southeastern Michigan. Plymouth Wayne has approximately $12 million in annual sales.
Valley National sales for its third quarter ended Mar. 31 were $50.5 million, a 5.3% increase over the same quarter last year. Sales for the first nine months were $129.9 million, an 8.7% increase over last year. Net earnings for the quarter increased 47.1% and net earnings for the nine month period grew 63.9% over the comparable prior year period.
"Plymouth Wayne provides us with opportunity to participate in the greater Southeastern Michigan market, which is contiguous with Valley's current operations," said Valley National Gases' CEO William A. Indelicato. "Both Plymouth Wayne and Valley participate in portions of the Northwestern Ohio market which will create some synergistic opportunities for us. Plymouth Wayne possesses significant technical depth in the area of robotics applications. We believe this technology base can effectively be applied in other markets which we serve. Plymouth Wayne also enjoys a relatively high percentage of gas sales which tend to be stable during economic downturns.
Mr. Indelicato further commented: "This acquisition fits well with our strategy of effectively distributing products and services across an expanding geographic marketplace. It also reestablishes our efforts to primarily grow through selective, quality acquisitions. We will continue to actively pursue acquisition candidates that fit our profiles.
Valley National Gases, with headquarters in Washington, Pennsylvania, is a packager and distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, welding equipment and supplies, propane and fire protection equipment. Valley National operates 63 locations in 11 states, with eight production and distribution centers in the eastern U.S. During the last eight years Valley National Gases, Inc. has acquired 33 distributors, adding $90 million in annual sales.