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AIRGAS, INC. ACQUIRES INDUSTRIAL GAS DISTRIBUTOR

 WILMINGTON, Del., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) today announced the acquisition of the assets of Wesco Corporation of Charleston, W.Va.
 Wesco operates out of three locations in Charleston and Huntington, W. Va. Annual sales of the company are approximately $5 million.
 The company will operate as part of Virginia Welding Supply Company.
 Airgas, Inc. has completed the acquisition of six distributors since April 1, 1993, with annual sales of approximately $55 million.
 Currently, the Airgas distributor network includes more than 295 locations in 35 states and Canada. Airgas, Inc. is the largest distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases and related equipment in the United States with annual sales of approximately $500 million.
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 /CONTACT: Britton H. Murdoch or Gordon L. Keen Jr. of Airgas, 215-687-5253/
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CO: Airgas, Inc.; Wesco Corporation ST: Delaware, West Virginia IN: SU: TNM

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