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2015 Gases/Welding Equipment Distributors

Airgas – Top Gases & Welding Equipment Distributors

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Headquarters: Radnor, PA
2014 Revenues: $5.1 billion
Change in Sales from 2013: 2.3%
Employees: 16,000+
Locations: 1,100
2014 Acquisitions: Abbott Gas Products; Welding & Therapy Service Inc.
Key Executives: Michael L. Molinini, president & CEO; Robert M. McLaughlin, SVP & CFO; Thomas M. Smyth, VP & controller

Airgas operates in several segments, including pipeline & bulk, packaged gases, welding hardgoods, safety PPE and other MRO.

During fiscal year 2014, the company acquired 11 businesses with aggregate annual sales of approximately $82 million, including The Encompass Gas Group, Inc., one of the largest privately owned suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related hardgoods in the U.S. That number was down from 18 acquisitions the year before, and Airgas has continued its acquisitive approach with another 14 purchases in fiscal year 2015.

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