DES PLAINES, IL- Dec. 1, 2005 -Lawson Products Inc. (NASDAQ: LAWS) announced today the completion of the purchase of the assets and operations of Rutland Tool & Supply Co., a California-based subsidiary of Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG). The transaction was originally announced Nov. 1, 2005. Rutland Tool distributes metalworking tools and related MRO supplies. Rutland Tool is headquartered in Whittier, Calif., and operates from seven locations, which Lawson will maintain.
Lawson Products is an international leader in selling and distributing systems, services and products to the industrial, commercial and institutional maintenance, repair and replacement market. The Company also manufactures, sells and distributes production and specialized component parts to the original equipment marketplace, including the automotive, appliance, aerospace, construction and transportation industries. For more information, please visit www.lawsonproducts.com