nexAir Acquires Moore Oxygen Supply Inc.

New customers to benefit from continued service and operational excellence

Memphis, Tenn. (July 17, 2017) – nexAir, a leading distributor of atmospheric gases and welding supplies, today announced it has acquired Moore Oxygen Supply Inc., the Georgia-based supplier of industrial and medical gases and welding supplies. The transaction closed on July 14 and Moore Oxygen Supply customers will begin to be serviced by nexAir today and will not experience any disruption or delay of service.

“Both nexAir and Moore Oxygen Supply are multi-generation, family-owned companies, and we understand the importance of providing the highest quality of service,” said Kevin McEniry, CEO at nexAir. “We welcome our new customers to the nexAir family and look forward to enhancing the product offerings for all customers in the region.”

Founded in LaGrange, Georgia in 1965, Moore Oxygen Supply served hundreds of customers in Western Georgia and Eastern Alabama with industrial, medical and specialty gases as well as welding supplies and bulk liquid gas. nexAir will spend the coming weeks working with new customers to ensure a smooth transition of services and hard goods as well as implementing its culture of safety and efficiency across the expanded area. New customers will be granted access to the company’s seasoned industry expertise in industrial and specialty gases, welding supplies, automation trends and the latest welding procedures.

Third-generation, family-owned nexAir has grown to become one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the country. This acquisition bolsters the company’s footprint in the Southeastern U.S., where nexAir already operates several branches. Earlier this year, nexAir acquired the helium and industrial gas business segment of Volunteer Fire Extinguisher Co., a fire safety services company in East Tennessee.

For more information about nexAir and its services, please visit nexair.com.

About nexAir

nexAir is one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the United States. Founded in 1940, 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. The company operates as nexAir and through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, nexAir Carbonic and nexAir Southeast. For more information about nexAir, visit www.nexAir.com.

For more information, contact:
Lauren Whisenant Waites
archer>malmo for nexAir
Phone: 901-260-4121
E-mail: lwaites@archermalmo.com

nexAir to Move Headquarters to Crosstown Concourse

Company signs letter of intent to lease space beginning Spring 2017

Memphis, Tenn. (June 17, 2016) – nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the United States, today announced that it has signed a letter of intent to lease office space in Crosstown Concourse , the mixed-use re-development of the former Sears, Roebuck & Company Crosstown catalog order plant and retail store in Memphis. The agreement signifies a move of nexAir’s headquarters, currently on Corporate Avenue, to the historic, 1.1 million-square-foot structure on Watkins Street due to open in early 2017.

With a lease agreement for 33,000 square feet, nexAir will be the largest for-profit tenant at Crosstown Concourse, which currently boasts organizations including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Crosstown Arts and Christian Brothers University as future tenants. When completed, Crosstown Concourse will be comprised of galleries, shops, restaurants, corporate offices and loft-style apartments. Amenities include a 30,000-square-foot professional fitness facility, a ten-story atrium and several open plazas and green spaces.

“Our company was founded here in Memphis in 1940, and as we began to outgrow our current offices, we were looking to relocate somewhere that spoke to our city’s rich culture of innovation and creativity,” said Kevin McEniry, CEO at nexAir. “We look forward to moving to Crosstown Concourse and becoming a part of this exciting new community. Additionally, the vibrant new area will give our team members the opportunity to participate in the local music, arts and wellness scenes and further contribute to the revitalization of our city.”

After sitting vacant for more than 20 years, the former Sears Crosstown is being transformed into one of the largest historic adaptive reuse projects in Tennessee history. More than $200 million from philanthropic and private sources, as well as public funding, has been secured to complete the project. An estimated 3,000 people will pass through the building each day, making Crosstown Concourse a hub for commercial, artistic and civic activity in the city.

“We are elated to have nexAir join the Crosstown Concourse community in such a significant way,” said Todd Richardson and McLean Wilson, Co-Leaders of the development. “nexAir is one of Memphis’ strongest homegrown companies with a passionate leadership team that quickly embraced the vertical urban village vision. Their investment in Crosstown is another huge vote of confidence for center city Memphis.”

Construction of nexAir’s new offices at Crosstown Concourse is underway, and nexAir plans to move into the space in early spring of 2017. Approximately 65 employees will relocate to the new headquarters; nexAir fill plants, distribution centers and retail stores will not be affected by the move.
With nexAir’s move, the 620,000 square feet of commercial space at Crosstown Concourse is now 96 percent leased.

About Crosstown Concourse
Crosstown Concourse is the unprecedented regeneration of the historic Sears Crosstown building in midtown Memphis, TN. Building on three of Memphis’ strongest community assets—arts, education, and healthcare—Crosstown Concourse is being preserved and redeveloped as a mixed-use, vertical urban village with a purposeful collective of uses and partners, transforming a national hub for the distribution of goods into a local heart for the cultivation of well-being. Plans include restaurants and retail, health and wellness facilities, a high school, contemporary art center, commercial office, and a diverse range of loft-style apartments. For more information about Crosstown Concourse, visit crosstownconcourse.com

nexAir Birmingham Branch Moves to New Office

nexAir’s branch in Birmingham, Alabama has moved to 3577 Industrial Parkway, just two miles southwest of our former location.

The new office boasts a large retail space stocked with inventory where customers can see the latest equipment, purchase products and order supplies. Also, this new location features a larger loading dock, allowing for convenient pick up and drop off of cylinders and equipment. Later this year, the location will be home to a state-of-the-art Welding and Cutting Demonstration Lab, where customers and nexAir employees can test equipment as well as see the latest in welding and cutting automation. More details about the lab’s grand opening, including information about the lab’s Open House, will be announced in the fall.

The Birmingham branch was previously located at 3105 Pinson Valley Parkway. The phone number, fax number and office hours for the branch will remain the same.

nexAir acquires Air Liquide liquid carbon dioxide and dry ice facilities in Millington, Tennessee

Memphis, Tenn. (Jan. 27, 2016) – Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the United States, today announced that it has purchased Air Liquide’s liquid carbon dioxide and dry ice facilities located in Millington, Tennessee. The transaction closed and nexAir assumed operations of the Air Liquide facilities earlier this week. The organization’s five employees will join nexAir’s Tennessee operations. nexAir will operate this business through nexAir Carbonic, a wholly-owned subsidiary of nexAir.

“We are looking forward to working with our new team members who will help us build nexAir’s dry ice offerings,” said Kevin McEniry, CEO at nexAir. “We are eager to begin serving our new customers and extending our Carbonic offerings across a broader geographic footprint.”

This acquisition increases nexAir’s liquid carbon dioxide and dry ice offerings to the Mid-South. The company’s existing nexAir Carbonic facility in Brandon, Mississippi already supplies dry ice to various food production and distribution facilities, healthcare clinics, research facilities, pharmaceutical companies, universities and labs, among others. Air Liquide’s customers at these facilities will be served by nexAir Carbonic and these additional facilities will grant new customers across a larger area access to the company’s seasoned expertise. In addition to its knowledge of industrial and specialty gases and welding supplies, nexAir has supplied customers with dry ice for the last 15 years.

nexAir will spend the coming month converting the Air Liquide facilities to nexAir Carbonic locations, implementing nexAir’s culture of safety and efficiency and serving customers in the manner they have come to expect from nexAir. For more information, please visit nexair Carbonic.

ABOUT NEXAIR
nexAir is one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the United States. Founded in 1940, 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. The company operates as nexAir and through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, nexAir Carbonic and Praxair Distribution Southeast. For more information about nexAir, visit www.nexAir.com.

For more information, contact:
Lauren Whisenant Waites
archer>malmo for nexAir
Phone: 901-260-4121
E-mail: lwaites@archermalmo.com

nexAir adds 25 new branches; increases footprint across Florida and Georgia

Memphis, Tenn. (Jan. 4, 2016) – Memphis-based nexAir LLC, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the United States, today announced its merger with 23 Praxair Distribution Southeast, LLC (“PDSE”) branches located in Florida and southeast Georgia and the acquisition of two Praxair Distribution, Inc. (“PDI”) branches in eastern Georgia. The transaction closed on December 31, 2015, and nexAir assumed operations of the 25 branches as of January 4, 2016.

PDSE was formed in 1997 as the result of a joint venture between PDI and the George W. Fowler Company, a long time industrial gas distributor in Florida owned by the William B. Porter family. The family will take an ownership interest in nexAir with the closing of this transaction. PDSE will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of nexAir. The current nexAir management team will lead the overall venture and, together with the PDSE management team, will integrate these new branches into nexAir’s organization.

“PDSE and its predecessors have a long tradition of strong operations, solid customer relationships, and an outstanding group of dedicated employees in Florida and southern Georgia. The PDSE and two PDI branches in Georgia, are perfect fits for our growth strategy in the southeast,” said Kevin McEniry, CEO at nexAir. “We look forward to making these PDI and PDSE team members and customers part of our family.”

This transaction will strengthen nexAir’s footprint and offer customers in the strategic Florida and Georgia markets access to the company’s industrial and specialty gases, welding equipment and supplies, as well as its dedicated sales team. As a result of nexAir’s joint venture with Praxair in 2012 and the company’s continued acquisition strategy, nexAir now has 67 branches across Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

“nexAir is a highly successful packaged gas distributor in the southeast that has experienced significant growth and success . The union of PDSE and nexAir will allow customers in Florida and Georgia to benefit from our combined abilities,” said Doug Porter, president, PDSE. “Together we will have a stronger network and broader set of services for customers in this region.”

In addition to its knowledge of industrial and specialty gases and welding supplies, nexAir’s expertise in automation trends and the latest welding procedures will complement the services PDSE have provided to their customers.

During the coming months, the existing PDSE branches in Florida and southeast Georgia and the PDI branches in eastern Georgia will be rebranded with the nexAir name and nexAir and PDSE will combine their cultures of safety and efficiency across the entire combined operating territory. For more information, please visit www.nexair.com.

ABOUT NEXAIR
nexAir is one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the United States. Founded in 1940, 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. For more information about nexAir, visit www.nexAir.com.

For more information, contact:
Lauren Whisenant Waites
archer>malmo for nexAir
Phone: 901-260-4121
E-mail: lwaites@archermalmo.com

nexAir acquires HICO of Jackson/National Balloon & Banner, expands footprint in central Mississippi

Memphis, Tenn. (Nov. 2, 2015) – Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the United States, today announced that it has acquired the assets and operations of National Balloon & Banner doing business as HICO of Jackson, a 28 year old helium distributor in Jackson, Mississippi. nexAir began servicing HICO’s customers as of the transaction closing on November 2nd.

“The HICO team’s addition will help to further strengthen our existing operations in Jackson and central Mississippi, and we’re anxious to welcome our new customers to the nexAir family,” said Kevin McEniry, CEO at nexAir. “We’re hopeful that this acquisition will enhance product offerings for customers of both companies.”

The acquisition bolsters nexAir’s footprint in central Mississippi, joining nearby locations in Pearl and Louisville, and grants new customers access to the company’s seasoned industry expertise. In addition to its knowledge of helium and other industrial and specialty gases and welding supplies, nexAir brings expert insight in automation trends and the latest welding procedures.

“We are excited to continue servicing the helium industry in central Mississippi as part of the nexAir team,” said Ken Jones, owner of HICO. “The combined experience and service offerings of our two companies will help ensure our customers continue to receive the products they need with the customer service they’ve grown to appreciate.”

nexAir will spend the coming weeks working with their new customers to ensure a smooth transition of services and implementing nexAir’s culture of safety and efficiency across the area. For more information, please visit www.nexair.com.

About nexAir
nexAir is one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the United States. Founded in 1940, 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. For more information about nexAir, visit www.nexAir.com.

For more information, contact:
Lauren Whisenant Waites
archer>malmo for nexAir
Phone: 901-260-4121
E-mail: lwaites@archermalmo.com

Hugh “Big Guy” Nott Gets Big Honor in Memphis Demo Room

nexAir’s branch on Reese Road in Memphis, Tennessee, recently underwent an extensive remodel. In addition to revamping the retail space, the Reese Road location added a state of the art Welding and Cutting Demonstration and Training Center. The demonstration center was dedicated to operations manager Hugh “Big Guy” Nott, who recently retired after 51 years of service to nexAir. A luncheon took place in Hugh’s honor on October 29th. During the luncheon, Kevin McEniry, CEO, and Bill Proctor, President, both gave tributes to Hugh and thanked him for his tenure with nexAir.

Nott played a large role in nexAir’s growth and development, including training new participants in nexAir’s management training program on retail sales and strategy. The demonstration center in Memphis is intended to share best practices with customers and illustrate equipment capabilities for salesmen and potential purchasers.

Industry expert Mike Weller joins nexAir advisory board

nexAir is proud to announce that Mike Weller has joined our advisory board. Mr. Weller recently retired as President of Miller Electric Manufacturing Company after 34 years of dedicated service. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Mike Weller and Associates, an executive with a consulting services company and Chief Operations Officer for Faith Technologies, Inc., a full service electrical and specialty systems contractor company. In addition to sitting on the nexAir advisory board, Mr. Weller currently serves as Chair of the Marketing Committee for the Board of the Green Bay Packers, Chair of the Human Resources Committee for Great Northern Container Corporation, and Chair of the Audit Committee for Ariens Company. Additionally, Mr. Weller donates his time and resources to the Valley Kids Foundation and the Junior Achievement Executive Council. Mr. Weller received the Industry Counselor Award from the American Welding Society in 2010 to recognize his distinguished career and leadership in the welding industry. Additionally, he was recognized by the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association for his service to the Wisconsin Technical College System. nexAir is delighted to have Mr. Weller on our advisory board.

nexAir acquires M&A Welding Supply, adds four branches in northwest Georgia

Memphis-based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the United States, today announced that it has agreed to acquire the assets, branches and operations of M&A Welding Supply Co., a distributor for welding and safety supplies with locations in Calhoun, Cartersville, Douglasville and Jasper, Georgia. The transaction closed at the end of March and nexAir assumed operations of the M&A Welding Supply locations as of today. The organization’s 15 employees will join nexAir’s Georgia operations.

“We are eager to expand our territory into northwest Georgia and build upon the great customer service M&A Welding Supply has been providing their customers for the last 50 years,” said Kevin McEniry, CEO at nexAir. “We are looking forward to working with our new team members to enhance our product and service offerings for all of our customers in this area.”

The acquisition doubles nexAir’s Georgia footprint and furthers its reach into the northwestern portion of the state, granting new customers access to the company’s seasoned industry expertise. In addition to its knowledge of industrial and specialty gases and welding supplies, nexAir brings expertise in automation trends and the latest welding procedures.

“We are excited to continue servicing the welding industry in northwest Georgia as part of the nexAir team,” said Larry Pogue, President of M&A Welding Supply. “The combined expertise and service offerings of our two companies will help ensure our customers continue to receive the products, equipment and supplies they need to operate efficiently.”

“Welding is a fast-growing and strategic segment of the nexAir portfolio, and we’re eager to add these four locations to our service area,” said McEniry. “As an important segment of our customers’ business strategies, we are happy to bring some of the most advanced welding equipment and supplies in the country to both current and new customers.”
nexAir will spend the coming month converting the M&A Welding Supply facilities to nexAir branches and implementing nexAir’s culture of safety and efficiency across the area. For more information, please visit www.nexAir.com.

For more information, contact:
Lauren Whisenant Waites
archer>malmo for nexAir
Phone: 901-260-4121
E-mail: lwaites@archermalmo.com

nexAir acquires Welders Supply & Equipment Co., Inc., expands footprint in South and Central Alabama

Memphis‐based nexAir, one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the United States, announced today that it has agreed to acquire the assets and operations of Welders Supply & Equipment Co., Inc., a distributor for welding and medical equipment, gases and safety supplies with locations in Montgomery and Andalusia, Alabama. The transaction is expected to close at the end of the month and Welders Supply and its employees will join nexAir’s Alabama operations effective March 2nd.

“The team at Welders Supply has a long history of great customer service in central and south Alabama, and we look forward to carrying on that tradition in the years to come,” said Kevin McEniry, CEO at nexAir. “We’re anxious to welcome our new team members and enhance product offerings for customers of both companies in this area.”

The acquisition expands nexAir’s Alabama footprint to further its reach into central and south Alabama, and grants new customers access to the company’s seasoned industry expertise. In addition to its knowledge of industrial and specialty gases and welding supplies, nexAir brings expertise in automation trends and the latest welding procedures.

“We look forward to becoming part of the nexAir team and helping to ensure our customers continue to receive the products, equipment and supplies they need,” said Cad Beale, President at Welders Supply. “We are excited for our customers and employees to benefit from the experience and offerings nexAir will bring to our area.”

nexAir will spend the coming weeks converting the Welders Supply facilities to nexAir branches and implementing nexAir’s culture of safety and efficiency across the area.

**About nexAir**
nexAir is one of the largest distributors of atmospheric gases and welding supplies in the United States. Founded in 1940, 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. For more information about nexAir, visit www.nexAir.com.

For more information, contact:
Lauren Whisenant Waites
archer>malmo for nexAir
Phone: 901-260-4121
E-mail: lwaites@archermalmo.com