Linde signs bulk gases agreement with Ohio distributor

Lefeld Welding bolsters Linde’s customer supply capabilities in Ohio

Murray Hill & New Providence, New Jersey, U.S., September 26, 2011 – Linde North America, through one of its U.S. affiliates, is bolstering its nationwide supply network of cryogenic gases by signing a multi-year agreement with Lefeld Welding and Steel Supplies, Inc., of Coldwater, Ohio, for bulk liquid oxygen, nitrogen, argon and carbon dioxide.

Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company. Lefeld Welding is an independent distributor of industrial, medical, welding gases, welding and cutting equipment, power hand tools, safety supplies construction equipment and related accessories.

“Linde is excited to add Lefeld to our nationwide network of independent gases and equipment distributors. Lefeld has a long and great relationship with its customers in west-central Ohio, which strengthens our own ability to supply customers in that region,” said Bob VanKirk, head of key customers and distributors, Linde North America.

Lefeld Welding began as a fabrication shop in 1953, moving into compressed cylinder gases distribution in 1965. Operating from two locations, Coldwater and Greenville, Ohio, the company now supplies welding gases and equipment to industrial, commercial and residential customers in such dense business centers as Lima and Dayton, Ohio, and Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Linde will also supply product directly to Lefeld’s bulk customers from its plants in Lima and Delta, Ohio, and Springville, Indiana.

Stan Lefeld, CEO of Lefeld Welding, said, “I’m confident this new association with Linde will provide us with new opportunities for growth. Linde’s engineering experience and technical know-how will certainly help us expand the applications of our products and help us enter new markets.”

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 49,100 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2010 financial year, it achieved sales of EUR 12.9 billion (USD 17.9 billion). The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services.

Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

For additional information, visit Linde North America online at:

Amy Ficon
Linde Corporate Communications
Phone 908-771-1491 Fax 908-771-1460