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Airgas opens new ASU

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Airgas, Inc, a subsidiary of Air Liquide, has announced the opening of a new air separation unit in Minooka, Illinois.

Airgas, Inc., an Air Liquide company, a leading US supplier of industrial gases, welding technologies, and safety products, has announced the opening of its new air separation unit (ASU) in Minooka, Illinois with a ribbon cutting ceremony and guided tours of the ASU. The ASU has the capability to produce more than 500 tpd of oxygen, nitrogen, argon and ultra high purity oxygen, increasing Airgas’ production capabilities in the Chicago area. This enhances Airgas’ gas supply chain, ensuring long term reliability of supply for its merchant gas customers in the region.

Illinois State Senator Sue Rezin, Illinois State Representative David Welter, Village of Minooka President Patrick Brennan, CEO of the Grundy County Economic Development Council Nancy Norton Ammer, and members of the Grundy County Board joined Airgas and Air Liquide associates, including Michael Graff, Chairman and CEO of American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., Pascal Vinet, CEO of Airgas, Inc., and customers to celebrate the new facility.

The 'state of the art' ASU is managed by Airgas’ Merchant Gases division, which oversees Airgas’ network of ASUs, procurement and supplier relationships, and the logistics and distribution of bulk atmospheric and other gases. Following the acquisition of Airgas by Air Liquide in May 2016, Airgas is now the leading US supplier of industrial, speciality, and medical gases and provides bulk gas supplies of oxygen, nitrogen and argon through its 29 air separation units nationwide.

Pascal Vinet, CEO of Airgas, Inc. commented, “By building a new air separation unit in Minooka, Illinois, we are able to increase our capacity to serve our customers throughout the Midwest, while also investing in the long term growth opportunities of this important region. Airgas is very proud to be joining the community of Minooka, and we look forward to successful partnerships with the residents, businesses and civic associations of the region for many years to come.”

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