Press Releases 2017

  • Airgas, an Air Liquide company and a leading U.S. supplier of industrial gases, welding technologies, and safety products, today celebrated the grand opening of its new air separation unit (ASU) and co-located hydrogen plant in Calvert City, Kentucky with a ribbon cutting ceremony and guided tours of the facility.

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  • Airgas, an Air Liquide company, announced today that it has reinforced its position in the healthcare and life sciences markets by creating a dedicated brand: “Airgas Healthcare.” This new brand is the result of the integration of the healthcare and life sciences activity of Airgas and Air Liquide Healthcare in the U.S.

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  • Airgas, an Air Liquide company, today announced that its operating units will increase prices on bulk and packaged nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide, helium and hydrogen gases, as well as fuel gases, specialty gases, and industrial and medical gas blends, by 10 – 15% effective March 1, 2017, or as contracts permit.

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  • Press Releases 2016

  • Airgas, an Air Liquide company and the leading U.S. supplier of industrial gases, welding technologies, and safety products, announced that its Advanced Fabrication Technologies group will attend and exhibit at FABTECH 2016 (Booth #N4720), November 16-18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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  • Airgas, Inc., an Air Liquide company, the leading U.S. supplier of industrial gases, welding technologies, and safety products, today celebrated the grand 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 tons per day of oxygen, nitrogen, argon and ultra high purity oxygen, increasing Airgas’ production capabilities in the Chicago area.

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  • Airgas, Inc., an Air Liquide company and the leading U.S. supplier of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, today announced that it has recently acquired the assets and operations of Monroe Welding Supply, Inc. and Clark Industrial Supply, Inc., both effective June 1, 2016. Airgas has completed 22 acquisitions since June 1, 2015.

    Monroe Welding Supply, based out of a single location in Monroe, Louisiana, is a gas and welding distributor that generated $13.6 million in sales in calendar year 2015. Monroe’s 32 associates will join the Airgas Mid South Region.

    Headquartered in San Jose, California, Clark Industrial Supply is a gas and welding distributor founded more than 30 years ago. Clark’s seven associates will join the Airgas Northern California and Nevada (NCN) Region. Clark Industrial Supply generated nearly $3 million in sales in calendar year 2015.

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  • Paris, France, and Radnor (Pennsylvania), USA – 23 May 2016 – Air Liquide (Euronext Paris: AI), world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Airgas, Inc., one of the leading suppliers of industrial gases and associated products and services in the U.S. Globally, the combined businesses will generate annual sales of more than €20 billion (more than $22 billion at current exchange rates1), employ approximately 68,000 people around the world, and serve well over three million customers and patients.

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  • Paris, France & Radnor (Pennsylvania), USA – 13 May 2016 – Air Liquide (Euronext Paris: AI) announced today that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) has cleared the acquisition of Airgas (NYSE: ARG) by Air Liquide, satisfying the final regulatory condition to the closing of the pending acquisition. The companies anticipate closing the acquisition on 23 May 2016, subject to the satisfaction of the remaining customary closing conditions.

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  • Formation of two separate regions enhances Company's competitive position in key markets

    RADNOR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), one of the nation's leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, today announced the reorganization of its South distribution region, effective May 1, 2016, into two separate regions within the Company's South Division ― a redefined South Region, headquartered in Tampa, FL, and a new Southeast Region, headquartered in Kennesaw, GA.

    "We remain committed to cultivating growth in local markets across the U.S. and continue to align our resources to enhance our competitive position," said Michael L. Molinini, Airgas President and Chief Executive Officer. "By reorganizing our South Region, we will be able to capitalize on long-term growth prospects and enhance our ability to win in what is already one of the largest industrial gas markets in the U.S."

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  • Innovations Designed for Gas Purity and Efficiency in Analytical and Life Sciences Laboratories

    RADNOR, PA – February 16, 2016 – Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, today announced that it will exhibit and demonstrate specialty gas products and technologies and host an informational course at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (PITTCON) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from March 6 – 10, 2016.

    The course, Gases and Gas Delivery Systems for Analytical Applications (Course #142), will be taught by Frank Kandl, Director of Business Development – Airgas Specialty Gas Equipment, and Reginald Bartram, Gas Chromatography Consultant for Airgas, on Wednesday, March 9. Attendees will learn how to properly select all necessary components for an analytical system that uses gases to create consistent results and eliminate the need to rerun a sample, maintain quality baselines, and reduce operating costs.

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  • Paris, France & Radnor (Pennsylvania), USA – 23 February 2016 – Airgas (NYSE: ARG) shareholders, during a special shareholder meeting held earlier today, voted to approve the previously announced acquisition of Airgas, one of the leading suppliers of industrial gases and associated products and services in the United States, by Air Liquide (Euronext Paris: AI), world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health. 75.9% of the total outstanding shares of Airgas common stock and 99.5% of the total shares voted were in favor of the transaction. The affirmative vote of a simple majority of outstanding Airgas shares was required to approve the merger.

    Once the acquisition is completed, the combined entity will be the largest industrial gas company in the world with leadership in North America complementing its number one positions in Europe, Africa/Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Bringing together two highly complementary businesses will deliver greater value, service and innovation to customers around the world.

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  • Paris, France & Radnor (Pennsylvania), USA – 26 January 2016 – Air Liquide (Euronext Paris: AI), world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, and Airgas (NYSE: ARG), the leading supplier of packaged gases and associated products and services in the United States, announce the date of the special meeting of Airgas’ shareholders to approve Air Liquide’s pending acquisition of Airgas. This special meeting is scheduled to take place on February 23, 2016.

    The transaction, which was unanimously approved by each of Air Liquide’s and Airgas’ Boards of Directors prior to its announcement, is expected to close following approval by Airgas shareholders, receipt of necessary antitrust and other regulatory approvals, as well as additional customary closing conditions. Both companies are pleased with the progress made to date and the pending transaction is progressing as expected.

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  • RADNOR, PA - January 19, 2016 - Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), one of the nation's leading suppliers of industrial, medical and specialty gases, today announced that its Food and Beverage group will attend and exhibit at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) 2016 (Booth #B5759). As the largest annual trade show for the poultry, meat, and feed industries, IPPE will include more than 1,250 exhibitors and host 30,000 attendees from January 26-28 at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.

    "IPPE is an excellent venue for Airgas to showcase the products, services, and expertise we provide that help customers in the food processing and production industry succeed," said Bill Baker, Airgas Vice President - Food, Beverage and Retail Markets.

    Airgas will showcase its comprehensive offering of customized chilling systems aimed at optimizing cost and safety for customers, including the Airgas ChillRight™ Combo Chiller. The ChillRight Combo Chiller uses liquid CO2 to produce dry ice "snow" that chills a product in standard combo bins. The Combo Chiller reduces dehydration, maintains product quality, and creates less waste, while also eliminating the need for dry ice pellet storage and inaccurate manual feeding.

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  • Press Releases 2015

  • Paris, France, and Radnor (Pennsylvania), USA – 17 November 2015 – Air Liquide (Euronext Paris: AI), world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, and Airgas (NYSE: ARG), one of the leading suppliers of industrial gases and associated products and services in the U.S., today announced an agreement under which Air Liquide will acquire Airgas. Airgas shareholders will receive $143 per share in cash for all outstanding shares of Airgas, representing a total enterprise value of $13.4 billion (€12.5 billion at current exchange rates1) on a fully diluted basis and including the assumption of Airgas debt.

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  • Airgas Experts to Demonstrate and Discuss New Technologies and Systems

    RADNOR, PA - November 3, 2015 - Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), one of the nation's leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, as well as welding gases, consumables, and equipment, and related products, today announced that its Advanced Fabrication Technologies group will attend and exhibit at FABTECH 2015 (Booth #N18031), November 9-12 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

    "FABTECH offers us a fantastic venue to showcase the products and services we provide to help customers succeed in their own markets," said Jeff Cass, Airgas Vice President - Manufacturing and Metal Fabrication Markets.

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  • RADNOR, PA - November 2, 2015 - Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), one of the nation's leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related products, today announced that it recently received a 2015 Supplier Excellence Award from HealthTrust. Each year, HealthTrust members vote to determine which suppliers receive the award based on product quality, customer service, on-time delivery, billing accuracy and value.

    "Airgas is honored to receive a 2015 Supplier Excellence Award," said Airgas President and Chief Executive Officer Michael L. Molinini. "Our associates dedicate themselves to helping our healthcare customers, as well as our customers in all other markets, achieve excellence in product quality and operations through our industry-leading gas platform, expertise and customer service. It's very satisfying to be recognized for our efforts. We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with HealthTrust and the healthcare organizations it serves."

    Airgas was one of nine HealthTrust suppliers to earn the honor in 2015. Winners were announced at the 2015 HealthTrust University Conference and Vendor Fair in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  • Company Recognized for Supplier Excellence, Innovation, and Sustainability Efforts in 2014

    RADNOR, PA - August 10, 2015 - Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), one of the nation's leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, today announced that it has been recognized by Eastman Chemical Company, a Tennessee-based global specialty chemical company, with three awards for achievement in 2014: the Supplier Excellence Award, the Innovation Award, and the Sustainability Award. Airgas is the only Eastman supplier to have earned all three awards this year.

    Airgas was selected from Eastman's more than 6,500 global suppliers to receive the recognition for consistently delivering high quality products and services and demonstrating proven dedication to strengthening Eastman's efficiencies, competitive advantage, and sustainability improvements.

    Airgas, through its Kingsport, TN facility and Mid America distribution region, supplies Eastman with a wide range of industrial, specialty, and bulk gases as well as hardgoods related to welding and cutting. Airgas products are used at several of Eastman's manufacturing sites throughout the U.S., and applications include scientific testing, maintenance, process component fabrication, and instrument calibration.

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