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Airgas Buys Metroplex Service Welding Supply, Excel Welding & Industrial Supplies

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Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), one of the nation's leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, today announced that it has acquired the assets and operations of two core industrial gas and welding supply distributors that complement the Airgas portfolio of products and services. Combined annual revenues for the two acquired businesses are more than $30 million. Financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

Effective December 31, 2012, Airgas USA, LLC acquired the assets and operations of Metroplex Service Welding Supply, Inc. Metroplex locations in Fort Worth, Decatur, Gainesville, Burleson, and Mineral Wells, TX, and 47 associates are now part of Airgas' Southwest region.

Effective December 31, 2012, Airgas USA, LLC acquired the assets and operations of Excel Welding & Industrial Supplies, Inc. Excel's Philadelphia, PA, location and 10 associates are now part of Airgas' East region.

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