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Airgas Opens New Cylinder Fill Plant in Harvey, LA


Airgas Opens New Cylinder Fill Plant in Harvey, LA

Plant employs 44 staff and centralizes operations to serve metro New Orleans

RADNOR, PA and HARVEY, LA – March 11, 2010 -- Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) today marked the grand opening of its new industrial, medical and specialty gas facility and hardgoods store in Harvey, LA, built to meet demand for cylinder gases in the metro New Orleans region. Airgas is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related hardgoods, such as welding equipment and supplies. The plant is owned and operated by Airgas Southwest, Inc., one of 12 Airgas regional companies.

"This new facility is state-of-the-art and provides a more efficient supply of a wide range of packaged gases in addition to hardgoods such as welding and safety supplies," said Brent Sparks, President of Airgas Southwest. “We serve a broad array of customer segments such as manufacturing, healthcare, food and beverage, construction, energy, and research, so there are distinct benefits to the local economies in the seven parishes of Louisiana.”

Set against a backdrop of the plant, more than 40 staff, local officials, contractors and customers gathered to participate in Airgas’ twist on the standard ribbon-cutting ceremony – a “chain cutting” ceremony, using an oxygen-acetylene torch to separate a chain and officially open the property. An open house celebration followed with community members enjoying facility tours, lunch and entertainment from KLRZ-FM and KLEB-AM who broadcasted live from the Airgas facility.

The 26,000 square foot facility on First Avenue sits on approximately 4 acres and fills cylinders with oxygen, nitrogen, argon, CO2, helium, propane, propylene, as well as pure specialty gas grades of nitrogen, argon, helium and oxygen. The facility also features a hardgoods store, which supplies customers with welding equipment and safety apparel.

About Airgas, Inc.

Based in Radnor, Pennsylvania, 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.


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For more information on Airgas, please visit www.airgas.com.
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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