Acetylene Oxygen Company (“AOC”) is the largest independent distributor of industrial, specialty & medical gases and welding supplies in the South Texas region. Founded in 1936, AOC operates 19 retail stores and four cylinder filling plants located throughout Central and Southern Texas.
Praxair Inc. (NYSE:PX www.praxair.com) is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces and distributes atmospheric, process & specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies are sold into a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food & beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and metals.