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Meritus Gas Partners Acquires Welding Distributor in Kansas City

The acquisition is Meritus Gas Partners' second in less than a week.
Meritus Gas Partners Hohenschild Welding Supply

New York-based holding company Meritus Gas Partners has acquired Hohenschild Welders Supply Company, the company announced April 12. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1922, Hohenschild is a distributor of packaged gases and welding supplies based in Kansas City, Missouri. Hohenschild, which has been owned and operated by the Johnson family since 1947, serves industries including construction, automotive and manufacturing.

“Hohenshild has earned the reputation as Kansas City’s premier welding and gas distributor,” Perry Johnson, Hohenschild’s President since 1987, said in a news release. “Our success is directly attributable to the efforts of our dedicated employees and a senior management team with deep industry experience. We are excited to be joining Meritus, a company that shares our commitment to delivering exceptional service and quality products to our customers. We look forward to leveraging Meritus’ resources and expertise to continue to grow and better serve our customers in the region.”

“Hohenschild is a great fit for Meritus, and we are excited to welcome their team into the Meritus family,” Meritus Chairman Scott Kaltrider said in the release. “The company’s 100+ year history in the competitive Kansas City market is a testament to the leadership’s and employees’ commitment to superior customer service. Today, Meritus companies operate in Saint Louis, MO and Tulsa, OK, so Hohenschild fills an important geographic gap for us and furthers our strategy to expand our presence in the Midwest. We look forward to investing in the Hohenschild business to expand its capabilities, infrastructure and geographic footprint.”

Hohenschild is Meritus’s second acquisition in less than a week after it added Spokane, Washington-based OXARC Inc. on April 7. Meritus also acquired MagneGas Welding Supply — South in February; Meritus’s three acquisitions in 2023 already match the holding company’s total from 2022.

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