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