October 1, 2014 – Member News

nexAir Buys Atlanta Medical Gas Distributor

Memphis-based nexAir has acquired Cal East Company, a distributor of medical gases and supplies based in Atlanta, GA. Cal East supplies dentists, veterinarians and other medical professionals with gases in the metro Atlanta area. nexAir CEO Kevin McEniry indicates that the niche customer base of Cal East will enhance product offerings for customers of both companies.

Cee Kay Supply Organizational Changes

Keith Meuser and Brian Reutiman were promoted to regional managers at Cee Kay Supply. Meuser joined the company in 1997 and most recently served as Illinois Area Manager. He will now oversee branch stores in Missouri. Reutiman became part of Cee Kay’s sales team in 2008 as a territory manager. He will now have responsibility for branch stores in Illinois.

Keith Meuser

Brian Reutiman

Air Products Announces Price Increase for Liquid and Bulk Industrial Gas Products

Effective October 1, 2014, or as contracts permit, Air Products will increase product pricing and monthly service charges for merchant customers in North America. The pricing adjustments include the following increases: Up to 15% for liquid oxygen, liquid nitrogen, liquid and bulk hydrogen, helium and bulk carbon monoxide; Up to 20% for liquid carbon dioxide; Up to 25% for liquid argon.

Some price adjustments may be outside of these ranges based on other specific situations. The price adjustments are in response to several factors, including supply and demand imbalances which drive up production and product distribution costs, increases in operating expenses for natural gas and electrical power, plant maintenance, and employee labor and benefits. Additionally, Air Products continues to make significant investment in infrastructure, technologies and productivity programs aimed at improving the reliability, safety and cost efficiency of its operations.

WestAir Acquires Assets of Blanks Welding Supply

WestAir Gases & Equipment, headquartered in San Diego, CA, has acquired the assets of Blanks Welding Supply, based in Fort Worth, TX. WestAir has locations in California, Arizona and Texas.

Airgas Names East Region President

Jack Appolonia was named president of Airgas East, a region which serves New Jersey, central and eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, northern Viriginia, New York City and Long Island. Appolonia has been vice president of Airgas’ Construction segment since 2008. He also oversaw the integration of Oilind Safety, now known as Airgas On-Site Safety Services, into the Airgas product and service offering following its acquisition in 2008. Prior to joining Airgas in 2002, Appolonia spent nearly 15 years with BOC Gases’ U.S. packaged gases business.