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AIRGAS ACQUIRES TWO INDUSTRIAL GAS DISTRIBUTORS

 AIRGAS ACQUIRES TWO INDUSTRIAL GAS DISTRIBUTORS
 WILMINGTON, Del., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG)


today announced the acquisition of Arrow-Weldit Sales & Engineering Company, based in Detroit, and two branches of The F.H. Bathke Company located in Green Bay, Wis., and Iron Mountain, Mich.
 Both companies are distributors of industrial, medical and specialty gases and related equipment. The businesses have combined annual sales of approximately $3 million.
 Current management will continue to operate the businesses as part of Michigan Airgas.
 Airgas, Inc. has acquired 15 distributors since April 1, 1991, with sales in excess of $68 million. Since April 1, 1988, Airgas has acquired more than 80 distributors with sales of $275 million.
 Currently, the Airgas distributor network includes more than 235 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 approximately $370 million.
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 /CONTACT: Britton H. Murdoch or Steve Kapp of Airgas, 215-687-5253/
 (ARG) CO: Airgas, Inc. ST: Delaware IN: SU: TNM


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