Radnor, PA, June 27, 2018
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Airgas Celebrates 10 Year Partnership with Operation Homefront
Airgas, an Air Liquide company, today pledged to continue its support of Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization providing military families with programs that offer relief, resiliency and recurring support during difficult periods. Since 2008, Airgas has directly donated $1 million in support of Operation Homefront.
In addition, thousands of Airgas associates across the country have been involved in local activities and fundraisers to support the organization, including donation drives, golf and bowling tournaments, 5K walks and raffles.
Airgas has supported veterans and military families throughout the company's history. The company continues to actively recruit employees with military experience, and to incorporate policies and provide tools to support employees currently in the service.
- Since 2008, Airgas has hired more than 1,000 veterans and has offered its “Welding 101” training program free to veterans.
- Airgas Merchant Gases, a business unit within Airgas, recently signed a Statement of Support with the Texas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, further demonstrating the company's support of the Guard and Reserve and the Airgas employees who serve in both organizations.
Andy Cichocki, Airgas Chief Operations Officer, commented: "We're proud to support military families - within Airgas and in the communities in which we operate. We hope our continued financial support and employee engagement will help Operation Homefront provide vital aid to military families during stressful times."
Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., President and CEO of Operation Homefront, added: “We are thrilled to celebrate a decade of working closely with Airgas and its employees to meet the needs of our military families who are struggling to make ends meet. We are deeply grateful for their continued commitment to care for those who have served all of us, and look forward to many more years of working together to help this very special and deserving group of our fellow Americans have an opportunity to thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.”.
The world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 65,000 employees and serves more than 3.5 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902.
Air Liquide’s ambition is to lead its industry, deliver long term performance and contribute to sustainability. The company’s customer-centric transformation strategy aims at profitable growth over the long term. It relies on operational excellence, selective investments, open innovation and a network organization implemented by the Group worldwide. Through the commitment and inventiveness of its people, Air Liquide leverages energy and environment transition, changes in healthcare and digitization, and delivers greater value to all its stakeholders.
Air Liquide’s revenue amounted to € 20.3 billion in 2017 and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented more than 40% of sales. Air Liquide is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, EURO STOXX 50 and FTSE4Good indexes.