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Linde to Break Ground for New Air Separation Plant in Southern Arkansas



Linde to Break Ground for New Air Separation Plant in Southern Arkansas

MURRAY HILL and NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., Aug. 16, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Linde
North America will break ground on August 22 for construction of a new air
separation plant in Lewisville, Arkansas. The 470 ton-per-day plant will
produce liquid nitrogen and oxygen to meet rapidly growing demand in Arkansas,
Louisiana and Texas.

Members of the media, as well as state and local officials, and customers are
invited to the event which will begin at 3:30 pm. The Linde plant site is
located at 2244 on Highway 82 in Lewisville.

Pat Murphy, president of Linde North America, said, "The Lewisville plant will
give us the size and operating efficiencies we need to support our customers,
who have seen great expansion in their own businesses and who are poised for
even more growth in the future." Linde North America is a member of The Linde
Group, a world leading gases and engineering company.

"When completed, the plant will bring product closer to our customers so we
can improve their supply security and reduce Linde's carbon footprint.
Developing environmental solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions is
part of Linde's commitment to sustainability," Murphy said.

The plant, which will employ 24 people, is expected to begin operating by the
fourth quarter of 2013. The liquid nitrogen and oxygen produced at the plant
will be delivered by tanker truck to customers ranging from manufacturers of
chemical products to food processors, metal fabricators, independent gases and
welding distributors, and healthcare providers.

By using the latest design technology from Linde's Engineering Division, the
plant will use the least amount of electricity possible in order to produce
the gases. Linde also will require less fuel for its delivery trucks, since
the plant will be located closer to customers.

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around
51,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2011 financial
year, it generated revenue of EUR 13.787 bn (US $18.1 bn). The strategy of The
Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the
expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and
services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners,
employees, society and the environment– in every one of its business areas,
regions and locations across the globe. The Group is committed to technologies
and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable
development.

For more information, visit www.lindeus.com

The Linde North America logo is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=10870

CONTACT: Amy Ficon
         Linde corporate communications
         908-771-1491
         amy.ficon@linde.com

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