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AIRGAS, INC. ACQUIRES LARGE INDUSTRIAL GAS DISTRIBUTOR

 WILMINGTON, Del., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), today announced the acquisition of the assets of General Welding Supply Company of Gardena, Calif. (General).
 General operates out of 11 locations in southern California and Arizona. Annual sales of the company are approximately $25 million.
 The company will operate as part of Southern California Airgas, Inc. Key managers of General, along with two executives from the Airgas network will manage the operation.
 Peter McCausland, chairman and chief executive officer, commented, "General is a great company with an outstanding reputation for customer services. We are very pleased that General is now an Airgas company."
 Airgas, Inc. has completed the acquisition of 5 distributors since April 1, 1993 with annual sales of approximately $50 million.
 Currently, the Airgas distributor network includes over 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.; General Welding Supply Company ST: Delaware, California IN: SU: TNM

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