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AIRGAS, INC. ACQUIRES INDUSTRIAL GAS DISTRIBUTOR

 WILMINGTON, Del., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), today announced the acquisition of Boarc Welding Supply, Inc., a distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases and related equipment.
 The company operates from a single location in Denver, and has annual sales in excess of $4 million.
 Current management of Boarc will continue to operate the business as part of Great Western Airgas, an Airgas subsidiary based in Cheyenne Wyoming.
 Airgas, Inc. has acquired 15 distributors since April 1, 1992, with sales in excess of $55 million.
 Currently, the Airgas distributor network includes over 260 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 in excess of $425 million.
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 /CONTACT: Britton H. Murdoch or Steven H. Kapp of Airgas, 215-687-5253/
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CO: Airgas, Inc.; Boarc Welding Supply, Inc. ST: Delaware, Colorado IN: SU: TNM

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