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nexAir Acquires Opelika Industrial Gases

Memphis, Tenn., March 1, 2012 – Memphis-based nexAir, LLC, an atmospheric gases and welding distributor, today announced the purchase of the assets and operations of Opelika Industrial Gases, LLC in Opelika, Ala.   

By acquiring an already strong business, with a focus on customer service nexAir will be able to further serve southeastern Alabama, as well as expand its reach into southwestern Georgia. The branch will continue to operate at 308 Williamson Avenue in Opelika, Alabama and will offer a full line of welding equipment, supplies and gases to businesses in the region. DeWayne Jones and Steve Scott, the owners of Opelika Industrial Gases, along with the other Opelika Industrial Gases employees will become nexAir employees and will continue to be directly involved in serving customers in the region.

“This is a very strategic acquisition for us as we continue to grow our footprint in the southeast, providing our entire array of products and services to businesses in South Alabama and Georgia,” said Kevin McEniry, CEO of nexAir. “nexAir has more than 70 years of experience in providing quality products and services to our customers in an efficient manner, and we look forward to having Steve, DeWayne and the other employees join with nexAir to provide that same quality of service to the Opelika community and surrounding areas.”    

nexAir is one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the United States. Based in Memphis, the company sells, packages and distributes atmospheric gases, including medical, specialty and industrial gases. nexAir also sells related products, including welding equipment, welding supplies, safety supplies and dry ice. Founded in 1940, nexAir serves customers in nine states with 24 locations and more than 270 employees. For more information about nexAir, visit

For more information, contact:
Thomas Whitehead
Obsidian Public Relations
Phone: (901) 229-3439

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