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Airco Gases/Big 3 Gas and Supply Announce First New Hire To Support Welders Warehouse Acquisition

Big 3 Southwest, LLC., the Texas operating company of Big 3 Gas and Supply, has hired Craig Hartberger as their Chief Operating Officer.  In this role, Craig will help the company develop and implement processes and business structures that facilitate market share growth and financial performance. Marvin Rodgers, III, president of Airco Gases and the Big 3 Subsidiaries stated, “ Craig was a key performer when he worked with me at Alliance, and when he became a redundancy in the Airgas/Techair integration, I knew I would want him to have a role in any of my future efforts. I am pleased we have an opportunity to work together again this quickly.”

Craig started in the Gas and Welding Industry in 2002 at Union Industrial Gas in Texas, and has held several executive positions during his career.  Most recently, Craig was Regional Manager for TechAir in Northern California, and Chief Operating Officer for Alliance Welding Supplies.  Craig experienced additional broad exposure to the business during his tenure at Airgas where he was an Area Branch Coordinator in Houston, and a Logistics and Distribution Manager in Dallas, as well as through his role as CFO/Controller for BTU Gases,  Craig combines his varied industry experience with a passion for continuing education.  Craig has earned a BBA from Baylor University, a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters in Marketing from University of Texas at Dallas, a Masters of Accounting from St. Mary’s College of California, and plans to begin work soon on a Doctorate.   Craig has recently relocated back to Dallas from the San Francisco Bay Area.

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