Press Release: Hohenschild Welcomes Eoin O’Malley; Perry Johnson Retires

KANSAS CITY, MO | DECEMBER 22, 2023 – Hohenschild Welders Supply Company (“Hohenschild”), a partner company of Meritus Gas Partners (“Meritus”), announced that Eoin O’Malley has joined the company as General Manager. O’Malley was formerly the Purchasing Manager at Meritus partner company, Atlas Welding Supply (“Atlas”).

Originally from New York, O’Malley joined Atlas following his graduation from the University of Tennessee in 2021. O’Malley grew up in the welding supply industry, spending his summer and winter breaks working for his father at independent distributor AWISCO in Queens, NY. Throughout his time at Atlas, O’Malley held various leadership roles, including Branch Manager of Atlas’ Birmingham, AL location, and managed purchasing for Atlas in his role as Purchasing Manager.

“Eoin’s promotion is an example of the career opportunities at Meritus Gas Partners,” said Scott Kaltrider, Chairman of Meritus. “Eoin’s experience working with his family’s business and excellent track record of performance at Atlas made him a strong candidate for the General Manager role at Hohenschild.”

Founded in 1922, Hohenschild is a full-service welding supply distributor serving the Kansas City area who joined Meritus Gas Partners in 2023. The company is well-regarded in Kansas City for its commitment to quality and customer service and its broad customer base represents various industries, including construction, automotive and manufacturing. Hohenschild has been owned and operated by the Johnson family since 1947.

Perry Johnson, Hohenschild’s President since 1987, recently announced his retirement.

“We would like to thank Perry Johnson,” said Kaltrider. “The company’s standing in the competitive Kansas City market is a testament to Perry’s and the Johnson family’s leadership and commitment to superior customer service. Perry chose Meritus as the successor to the business to perpetuate his family’s legacy. We are fortunate to be inheriting a great business from him.”

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