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Airgas Buys Great Lakes Oxygen

Airgas, Inc., Radnor, PA, has acquired Great Lakes Oxygen, also doing business as Welder's Supply, Westside Welders Supply, Great Lakes Propane, and Lake Erie Iron and Metal.

Great Lakes Oxygen, a distributor of industrial gas and welding supplies, generates annual sales of more than $15 million through locations in Cleveland, Painesville and Brook Park, OH. Facilities include retail showrooms, warehouses, fill plants, a specialty gas laboratory and an acetylene plant.

Since the beginning of its fiscal year in April, Airgas has completed 13 transactions with acquired annual revenues of more than $200 million.

Airgas is a U.S. distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and supplies. Airgas is also one of the largest U.S. distributors of safety products, a producer of nitrous oxide and dry ice, a liquid carbon dioxide producer in the Southeast, and a distributor of process chemicals, refrigerants, and ammonia products. Airgas has 1,100 locations.

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