CARSTAR AND AIRGAS SIGN AGREEMENT FOR
SUPPLY OF GASES, WELDING AND SAFETY PRODUCTS
OVERLAND PARK, KS (August 22, 2011) – CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts and Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), today announced a National Preferred Supplier Agreement for the supply of welding and cutting gases, equipment and supplies, and personal protection equipment (PPE) to CARSTAR facilities around the country.
CARSTAR is the nation’s leading franchisor of auto body repair experts with more than 380 locations in North America. Airgas, with headquarters in Radnor, PA, is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding and safety equipment and supplies.
“CARSTAR takes great pride in the quality services we offer our customers,” said Bill Garoutte, CARSTAR senior marketing executive. “To provide the best service, we chose to work with suppliers that share our concern for customers. Airgas provides the industry’s most complete line of quality gases, welding and safety products. They have a strong national presence and are known for their personal, local service.”
“The CARSTAR and Airgas agreement represents a good opportunity for both companies,” said Graham Pratt, vice president for the Airgas retail market segment. “CARSTAR gets the savings and convenience of using one source for core products their auto body repair facilities use every day. And Airgas gets to demonstrate our supply chain expertise and the local service we’re known for, nationwide.”
CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts offers high-quality, reliable repair service in 30 states and 10 Canadian provinces. Just call 1-800-CARSTAR when you need a vehicle repair and they will send the tow truck, contact your insurance company, arrange for a rental car and repair your car. For more information and store locations, visit www.CARSTAR.com.
About Airgas, Inc.
Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and supplies. Airgas is also one of the largest U.S. distributors of safety products, the largest U.S. producer of nitrous oxide and dry ice, the largest liquid carbon dioxide producer in the southeast, and a leading distributor of process chemicals, refrigerants, and ammonia products. More than 14,000 employees work in approximately 1,100 locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and distribution centers. Airgas also distributes its products and services through eBusiness, catalog and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong local presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base. For more information, please visit www.airgas.com.
CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts is the largest group of branded collision repair facilities in North America with over 400 locally owned and operated locations in 30 states and 10 Canadian provinces. CARSTAR is committed to providing consistent quality services to our customers and insurance partners and has repaired more than 2.5 million vehicles since it was founded in 1989. Our technicians and front office staff receive ongoing training to ensure they are qualified to work on any vehicle. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority as we consistently lead the industry in customer satisfaction ratings.