Air Liquide Brings New Nitrogen Liquefier Online in Cleburne, Texas

  Air Liquide Brings New Nitrogen Liquefier Online in Cleburne, Texas

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- December 17, 2012

Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP (“Air Liquide”) today announced it has
commissioned a new nitrogen liquefier at its air separation plant in Cleburne,
Texas to further support growth in the Texas and Oklahoma industrial gas
markets.

The liquefier, the second of two now in operation at the Cleburne facility,
has recently begun commercial production. The increased capacity will enable
AirLiquide to increase its supply of liquid nitrogen to customers in a range
of industries, including food & beverage, manufacturing, glass, electronics,
oil and gas, and chemicals.

To support the increased production capacity, Air Liquide plans to increase
its workforce in Cleburne by one-third over a two-year period, hiring as many
as 21 permanent employees, including production technicians and truck drivers.
Additionally, the construction of the new liquefier created 80 construction
jobs.

“We are very pleased to announce the start-up of our new nitrogen liquefier in
Cleburne,” said Mark Lostak, president of Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP.
“This facility expansion enables us to meet the growing demands of the
industrial gas market in this region, while also supporting job creation and
economic growth in the City of Cleburne and Johnson County. We are proud to be
a member of this community, and we look forward to strengthening our presence
here in a safe and sustainable way.”

Air Liquide’s air separation facility in Cleburne has been operational since
January of 1998, producing oxygen, nitrogen and argon for a multitude of
industries.

Air Liquide in the U.S.

Air Liquide companies in the U.S. employ about 5,000 employees in over 200
locations, and offers industrial gases, equipment and related services.

Industrial Merchant activities of Air Liquide

The Industrial Merchant business line manages the production and distribution
of gases in bulk and cylinders, and provides customers with the applications
and services required for their implementation. Its customers range from
tradesmen to major businesses and use industrial gases in 5 key sectors: food
and pharmaceuticals, automobile and manufacturing, crafts and distribution,
materials and energy, and technology and research. For 2011, the Industrial
Merchant business line generated revenue of €4,892 million.

Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the
environment, and is present in 80 countries with 46,200 employees. Oxygen,
nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air Liquide’s
activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air Liquide
continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current and
future markets. The Group innovates to enable progress, to achieve dynamic
growth and a consistent performance.

Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry’s energy
use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow,
such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic energy… Oxygen for hospitals, home
healthcare, fighting nosocomial infections…Air Liquide combines many products
and technologies to develop valuable applications and services not only for
its customers but also for society.

A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee commitment,
customer trust and shareholder support to pursue its vision of sustainable,
competitive growth. The diversity of Air Liquide’s teams, businesses, markets
and geographic presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its
development and strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer
new territories and build its future.

Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life, staying
true to its Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development
approach. In 2011, the Group’s revenues amounted to €14.5 billion, of which
more than 80% were generated outside France. Air Liquide is listed on the
Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40
and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 index.

Contact:

Air Liquide
U.S. Corporate Communications
Michael Rosen, +1 713-624-8594
or
Heather Browne, +1 713-624-8594
 
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