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Whitmore Oxygen acquired by Connecticut distributor

Whitmore Oxygen Co., 1884 S. 300 West, a company distributing industrial, medical and specialty gases and related equipment, has been acquired by Praxair Distribution Inc., a subsidiary of Praxair Inc., Danbury, Conn.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Whitmore has eight locations in Utah and Idaho and annual sales of $34 million.Jose R. Rivero, Praxair Distribution president, said: "This acquisition is consistent with Praxair's balanced investment strategy and supports our growth plans for the distribution business in North America." He said that since Jan. 1, 1997, Praxair Distribution has acquired 21 related businesses with annual sales of $92 million.

Praxair is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America with 1997 sales of $4.7 billion.