Praxair acquires supplier American Gas Group

Praxair Distribution Inc., a subsidiary of Praxair Inc., has acquired American Gas Group (AGG), a leading supplier of specialty gases worldwide. AGG is comprised of Specialty Gases of America Inc., American Specialty Gases Inc., Semiconductor Resources Inc. and Specialty Gases of America LLC. The business includes facilities in Toledo, Ohio and Wheeling, Illinois, with annual sales of $28 million. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

AGG is one of the largest independent specialty gas producers in North America and packages a variety of specialty gases including EPA Protocols, hydrocarbons, VOC mixtures, reactive mixtures, high-purity chemicals and research-grade gases in addition to industrial and medical gas products.

John Armelagos, one of the owners of AGG prior to the sale to Praxair, said, "Praxair is a perfect fit for our company, and our two organizations complement each other. We have been working for several years to put this deal together."

John Panikar, president of Praxair Distribution Inc., noted, "The addition of AGG to the Praxair network strengthens our Midwest specialty gas production capabilities and provides an important channel to support our distributor network. AGG has a world-class facility, capable people and an extensive product offering to support growth. We are excited to have the American Gas Group employees on the Praxair team and look forward to sharing technology and best practices."

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