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Matheson acquires California-based industrial-gas supplier Sims

| By Mary Bailey

Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc. ( has continued its strategic expansion with the acquisition of Sims Welding Supply in Southern California. Sims Welding Supply is a supplier of industrial, specialty and bulk gases, plus welding hard goods, equipment and supplies. Headquartered in Long Beach, Calif. Sims operates out of seven locations in Southern California.

Scott Kallman, president and CEO of Matheson, commented that “this investment is consistent with our vertical integration strategy whereby we strive to serve high growth markets with both industrial and specialty cylinder gases and related equipment along with bulk liquid products.  In this case, we are greatly improving the cylinder distribution component of our infrastructure which complements our significant bulk liquid production capacity in the Los Angeles market.”

Steve Foster, executive vice president at Matheson said, “The addition of Sims’ bulk, industrial, and specialty gas customers provides an opportunity to add efficiencies of scale to our operations in the region.  Our business will immediately benefit from the addition of the dedicated and customer-focused Sims employees.  We welcome aboard our new teammates.”

Foster added, “We’ve been working closely with the Sims team for over a decade. The investment in the Sims acquisition is a proud demonstration of the MATHESON commitment to our distribution partners to provide for opportunities beyond the supply of products and services.”