WestAir has been in operation since 1970, selling gases, equipment and gas delivery systems, to a broad range of customers in a variety of industries, including metal fabrication, food and beverage, shipbuilding, pharmaceutical, hospitals and laboratories. WestAir has grown to be one of the largest independent distributors on the west coast, operates 19 supply locations – 16 in California, two in Texas and one in Arizona.
"WestAir has earned a great reputation over four and a half decades for providing high quality products and services to customers in those markets," said Bob Van Kirk, Head of Distributors, U.S. Packaged Gas Products and the Caribbean, for Linde LLC. "Managing the company today are second- and third-generation family members who have a wealth of experience in the business and who have developed great relationships with their customers. We're truly excited to have WestAir as part of our industry-leading network of independent distributors."
This move will enhance Linde's ability to bring its innovative products to customers, through a business relationship with a well-established distributor that offers enhanced reach.
"Our relationship with Linde has allowed WestAir the ability to scale up seamlessly, allowing us to keep up with the growth of our bulk and microbulk markets," said Steve Castiglione, President and CEO of WestAir. "WestAir has always prided itself on the ability we have to mobilize and be reactive to our customers' supply requirements. Linde has been a critical component of this as we have grown."
Linde LLC is a member of The Linde Group. In the 2014 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of USD 17.9 bn (EUR 17.047 bn), making it the largest gases and engineering company in the world with approximately 65,500 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. 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. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.