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Absolute Air to build air separation plant in Minnesota

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Absolute Air LLC has announced plans to build a merchant air separation plant (ASP) to serve its partners and customers in the upper Midwest US area.

The plant will be located on a contracted site in the Minneapolis, Minnesota metropolitan area.

"We expect the facility to be onstream in 2020," stated Ned Pontious, President of Absolute Air.

The plant will produce oxygen, nitrogen, and argon for use in customer applications such as metal fabrication, blanketing, purging, combustion, chilling and freezing.

Absolute Air, LLC is a partnership of five locally owned independent gas and welding supply distributors, as well as the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative (IWDC).

The partners view the investment as a proactive move to assure an ongoing and more economical supply of oxygen, nitrogen, and argon against the backdrop of the continuing consolidation of international industrial gas producers.

The five distributors involved in the project are: Mississippi Welders Supply, Toll Company, Minneapolis Oxygen, A-OX Welding Supply, and Huber Supply.

All are located in the upper Midwest area to be served by the plant, and together represent 30 business locations with over 50 000 customers in a seven-state region.

The IWDC is a cooperative headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, US, with 140 member companies. IWDC member companies collectively represent over US$2.3 billion in sales, serving a wide range of industries.

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