East Texas Oxygen Company has been appointed as an authorized distributor for National-Standard Company (Amex: NSD). Headquartered in Tyler, Texas, East Texas Oxygen will be representing National-Standard through stores in Tyler, Jasper, Mexia, Jacksonville, Palestine and Sulphur Springs, Texas. The company services the market area throughout east central Texas.

East Texas Oxygen will represent National-Standard's full line of welding filler metals and unique wire packages within their appointed territory. "National-Standard is pleased to have such fine representation for its products and looks forward to a strong partnership focused on providing the customer with the best possible products and services," said Larry Thomas, National-Standard's General Manager for its Welding Products Group.

Ted Turner, District Sales Manager for National-Standard, will be responsible for providing sales support for the newly appointed distributor.

Founded in 1907, National-Standard is a Niles, Michigan-based firm with annual sales of approximately $180 million. In ten operating facilities in the United States and England, the Company manufactures and distributes a broad range of wire and wire-related products, including tire bead wire and welding wire, in addition to wire cloth, fabricated filters and inflator housings for the automotive air bag industry.