Praxair announced that it has acquired two independent distributors of packaged gas and welding supplies – United Welding Supplies in Texas and Best Welders Supply in Oklahoma, with combined 2013 annual sales of about $30M. Financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed. United is one of the largest independent gas and welding products distributors in the greater Houston area. United has 49 employees and operates three locations, including its headquarters and primary cylinder filling plant in Houston and retail stores in LaPorte and Freeport, Texas. Best Welders Supply has 25 employees and has served the Tulsa area for 50 years.