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Maine Oxy Celebrates New Facility In Waterford; To Create 10 New Jobs

Media Contact: Robert Smith, Maine Oxy Marketing Manager 207-514-1577 rsmith@maineoxy.com Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Scheduled For Nov. 3rd (Waterford, CT) - Maine Oxy is …

Media Contact:

Robert Smith, Maine Oxy Marketing Manager 207-514-1577 rsmith@maineoxy.com

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Scheduled For Nov. 3rd

(Waterford, CT) - Maine Oxy is pleased to announce the grand opening of our new gas facility and retail store showroom located at 147 Cross Road in Waterford, Connecticut. The new 20,000 sq. foot facility will initially occupy 7,000 sq. feet with plans for expansion. The media is invited to attend and cover our grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony set for November 3, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The specialty gas facility will provide an alternative for customers in the greater New London county area. Maine Oxy is a distribution leader of welding, industrial gases and specialty gases and offers a full line for industrial, medical and commercial applications. The plant is a third-generation family-managed company.

“We pride ourselves on the customer service, our regular customers have become accustomed to expect. This is a service business. We make our customers our top priority and that is the differentiator in our business,” says Robert Smith marketing manager for Maine Oxy.

Dan Guerin, president of Maine Oxy, acknowledges that the new employees all share common ground. “Our new Waterford team is a perfect fit for Maine Oxy, and a very positive sign moving forward. In our business, even during tough economic times, we are seeing an ongoing and growing demand for professional welders, and we are here to serve their needs and best interests – now here in Waterford as well,” Guerin concludes.

The retail space will offer a full line of welding and construction safety supplies. The store is open to the public. Hours of operation are 7:30am-5pm M-F and Sat. 8am-12pm.

Grand Opening Event

When: November 3, 2011

10:00am – 3:00pm

Where: 147 Cross Road

Waterford, CT 06385

Invited vendors include: Smith Equipment, ESAB, Hypertherm, 3M/Speedglas, Washington Alloy, Revco, BSX, Seconn Automation, MK Morse, Thermadyne and the New England School of Metalwork, mobile weld training center.

About Maine Oxy:

With corporate headquarters in Auburn, Maine and manufacturing and sales operations at 13 locations in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, Maine Oxy (www.maineoxy.com) specializes in industrial and specialty gas products, welding and cutting equipment, safety equipment, repair and maintenance on all equipment sold by the company, and oxy – fuel and plasma weld training, testing, technical support, troubleshooting and tutorials via the nonprofit New England School of Metalwork.

Maine Oxy was founded in 1929 by Joseph W. Albiston in Auburn, Maine under the name Maine Gas Service providing sales and service to home propane customers. In 1935 Maine Oxy was incorporated as Maine Oxy-Acetylene Supply Company and began providing welding supplies and industrial gases for customers in Auburn and Lewiston, Maine and surrounding communities.

Maine Oxy is a third-generation family-managed company. James H. Albiston joined his father in 1948, and the current CEO, Bruce W. Albiston, joined his father in 1972.

From its modest beginnings, Maine Oxy has expanded to a company with multiple sales and manufacturing locations and currently operates from 10 locations in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Further expanding in 1993, the SpecAir Gases and Technologies division was established. The SpecAir gas manufacturing laboratory is located in Auburn, Maine with full specialty gas capabilities. SpecAir later introduced the Enviro-Cyl line of environmentally friendly refillable products, leading the industry in replacing disposable calibration gas cylinders with refillables.

Maine Oxy expansions include a new state-of-the-art acetylene production facility and the expansion of our welder rental and services division, now renting MIG, TIG, Stick, plasma and portable gas and diesel welder generators.

The New England School Of Metalwork is our most recent addition. The school has two core programs Welding & Blacksmithing. We feature programs in all welding-related areas, including Welding safety, MIG, TIG and Plasma. All courses emphasize welding safety and technique. The Blacksmithing and Ornamental Art Work programs are designed for all levels, from beginners through advanced. We also feature summer workshops.

Throughout its history, the company has always had the reputation as a market leader in offering the most current technology and competitive prices, continually exceeding customer expectations.

Maine Oxy is proud to be a leader in welding, industrial gases and specialty gases. The company's continued success and continued growth is attributed to its employees who believe in earning their customers' business. At Maine Oxy, customers are our reason for being.

For more information, contact 1-800-377-9433 or visit our website at maineoxy.com.

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