Airgas Acquires Lawton Company

Airgas Inc. completes the acquisition of Fitch Industrial and Welding Supply, an industrial gas and welding supply distributor with three locations in Oklahoma and one in Wichita Falls, Texas.
The Lawton-based business employs 39 people and generated more than $10 million in revenue during calendar 2008.
The Oklahoma branches have been integrated into Airgas Mid-South, based in Tulsa, while the Wichita Falls branch has been integrated into Airgas Southwest, headquartered in Houston. Airgas Mid South and Airgas Southwest are among 12 regional companies within Airgas’ distribution business.
“Fitch has a strong reputation in the area, and long-standing relationships with their customers,” said Max Hooper, Airgas western division president. “We are excited to welcome the Fitch employees to Airgas, and to provide our new customers with access to the most complete offering of products and services in the industry.”
Fitch boasts nearly 60 years of operation after its founding in 1950 by Carl Fitch. Carl’s son Fred joined the company in 1970, soon thereafter assuming his current role as president and owner.
“Fred Fitch has been an industry leader for years, not only in running his company but also in holding significant management roles, including past president, in the industry association GAWDA,” said Les Graff, Airgas senior vice president – corporate development. “We are very pleased Fred chose to join forces with Airgas, as we remain committed to strengthening our platform by investing in quality businesses.”

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