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October 7, 2013

Airgas to acquire Encompass Gas Group

Mary Page Bailey

Airgas, Inc. (Radnor, Pa.; www.airgas.com), a supplier of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire the assets and operations of The Encompass Gas Group, Inc., headquartered in Rockford, Ill. With eleven locations and more than 130 employees in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa, Encompass is one of the largest privately-owned suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related accessories in the U.S., generating approximately $55 million in annual sales in 2012. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close on November 1, subject to regulatory approval and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

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