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AIRGAS, INC. ACQUIRES INDUSTRIAL GAS DISTRIBUTOR

 AIRGAS, INC. ACQUIRES INDUSTRIAL GAS DISTRIBUTOR
 WILMINGTON, Del., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG),


today announced the acquisition of Welder's Products and Services, Inc., based in Kansas City, Mo.
 The company is a distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases and has sales of $3.5 million.
 Current management will continue to operate the business as part of Midwest Airgas.
 Airgas, Inc. has acquired 18 distributors since April 1, 1991, with sales in excess of $74 million. Since April 1, 1988, Airgas has acquired more than 80 distributors with sales of $278 million.
 Currently, the Airgas distributor network includes over 240 locations in 33 states and Canada. Airgas, Inc. is the largest distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases in the United States with annual sales of $400 million.
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 /CONTACT: Britton H. Murdoch or Steve Kapp of Airgas, 215-687-5253/
 (ARG) CO: Airgas, Inc.; Welder's Products and Services, Inc. ST: Delaware, Missouri IN: SU: TNM


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