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Airgas to Build 450 tpd Liquid Carbon Dioxide Plant at FUEL ethanol plant near Camilla, GA


Airgas to Build 450 tpd Liquid Carbon Dioxide Plant at FUEL ethanol plant near Camilla, GA

RADNOR, PA – July 9, 2008 – Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) today announced that it will build a new 450-ton-per-day liquid carbon dioxide plant at the First United Ethanol LLC, (FUEL) complex in Camilla, GA. Airgas entered into a 15-year agreement with FUEL, which will supply the feedstock of raw carbon dioxide for the Airgas facility.

“By building a new world-class facility at this destination-based ethanol plant, Airgas will better serve carbon dioxide customers in the Georgia and Florida markets,” said Division President Ted Schulte. “We currently serve customers in this region through our plant in Augusta, GA and via railcar to a depot in central Florida. This new site will create a stronger supply chain for our liquid merchant customers as well as for our own dry ice production, and it will also minimize product dislocation costs when we encounter plant outages.”

Airgas Chairman and CEO, Peter McCausland, added, “Our CO2 and Dry Ice business posted 10% organic revenue growth last quarter, and has a great outlook. This plant will further enhance our position as an industry leader in CO2 production and distribution, and the capture of CO2 from a process plant to deploy in commercial use is an environmentally responsible method of production.”

FUEL is building the first commercial ethanol plant in the Southeast U.S. and will begin operations in the fall. At the Airgas facility, the raw carbon dioxide will be refined for food, commercial and beverage-grade use. The facility eventually will employ 15 to 20 people and will be operational by late 2009.

Airgas Carbonic is the second-largest manufacturer and distributor of liquid carbon dioxide in the United States and the largest in the Southeast U.S., with six production facilities serving 19 states, primarily east of the Mississippi River. Two of its plants are the largest in North America and offer state-of-the-art production and quality control capability.

Airgas Dry Ice is the largest producer and distributor of dry ice nationwide with dry ice plants and distribution points across the U.S. Liquid carbon dioxide and dry ice are used predominantly in food service and beverage industries for freezing, chilling and in-transit applications.

About Airgas, Inc.

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and supplies. Airgas is also one of the largest U.S. distributors of safety products, the largest U.S. producer of nitrous oxide and dry ice, the largest liquid carbon dioxide producer in the Southeast, and a leading distributor of process chemicals, refrigerants, and ammonia products. More than 14,000 employees work in over 1,100 locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and distribution centers. Airgas also distributes its products and services through eBusiness, catalog and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong local presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base. For more information, please visit www.airgas.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain statements that are forward-looking, as that term is defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 or by the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rules, regulations, and releases. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding; Airgas’ intention to build a liquid carbon dioxide plant in Camilla, GA; our 15-year agreement with First United Ethanol, LTD. (FUEL); the new plant’s projected employment of 15 to 20 employees and our expected completion of the plant by late 2009; Airgas’ ability to better serve carbon dioxide customers in the Georgia and Florida markets; that the new site will create a stronger supply chain while also minimizing product dislocation costs in the event of plant outages; and the outlook for our CO2 and dry ice business and our position as industry leader in the CO2 production and distribution business. Airgas intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. All forward-looking statements are based on current expectations regarding important risk factors and should not be regarded as a representation by the Company or any other person that the results expressed therein will be achieved. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement include; our ability to successfully build, complete, and operate the new plant; our ability to attract and retain employees and customers for the plant; our ability to maintain our agreement with FUEL; customer acceptance of our products; an economic downturn; adverse changes in customer buying patterns; political and economic uncertainties associated with current world events; and other factors described in the Company's reports, including Form 10-K dated March 31, 2008, and other forms filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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Contact Information

Airgas, Inc.
259 N. Radnor-Chester Road
Suite 100
Radnor, PA 19087
tel: (610) 687-5253
fax: (610) 687-1052

Jay Worley
Vice President
Communications and Investor Relations
(610) 902-6206
jay.worley@airgas.com

Director, Investor Relations
(610) 902-6256
barry.strzelec@airgas.com

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