Aldredge joins Board of Linde Distributor Association

Jan 21, 2016, 11:00 ET from Linde North America, Inc.

MURRAY HILL, N.J. and NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Linde Distributor Association (LDA) Board of Directors announced that it has appointed Emmett Aldredge III, co-president of Arc3 Gases, of Dunn, North Carolina, as a member of its Board of Directors. Aldredge had been Board Advisor for several years.

"We are happy to welcome Emmett to the LDA Board," said Mark Falconer, LDA co-chairman and president of Minneapolis Oxygen Company, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. "He has a wealth of experience as an independent distributor, which will be invaluable to the association in our efforts to strengthen and increase our services to our membership."

Falconer also welcomed Bryan Keen, president of Wilmington, Delaware-based Keen Compressed Gases Company, who replaces Aldredge as Board Advisor and will assist to Board with business management activities.

Since its inception in 1993, LDA has enabled independent distributors to leverage the purchasing power of an association to achieve volume discounts and earn rebates. Linde LLC provides the LDA with administrative support, participates in vendor selection and programs, manages committees and provides guidance on best practices and changing trends in the industry.

LDA has 62 member companies who have over 400 retail locations throughout the U.S. Combined, LDA members have made over $1 billion in annual purchases and have earned some $27 million in rebates since the group was established. Products purchased include welding and cutting equipment, consumables, and gas containment and handling equipment.

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.

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