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Airgas Demonstrates Tri-Gas Blender for Modified Atmosphere Packaging of Meat at the International Production and Processing



  Airgas Demonstrates Tri-Gas Blender for Modified Atmosphere Packaging of
  Meat at the International Production and Processing Expo

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- January 29, 2013

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), and its Food and Beverage group are discussing
Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) solutions for the meat processing industry
at the 2013 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) held today
through Thursday, January 31^st at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta,
GA. The expo brings together the International Poultry Expo and International
Meat Expo under one umbrella and attracts more than 1,000 exhibitors and
anticipates over 25,000 attendees from the meat and poultry industry.

“While Modified Atmosphere Packaging has been around for quite some time, the
meat processing industry has steadily been moving towards utilizing a mixture
of gases, some in parts per million (ppm) quantities, to increase their
product’s shelf life, as well as preserving the meat’s fresh look,” said Mark
Doore – Director, Specialty and Process Gas Solutions for Airgas. “Introducing
gases in ppm levels is an industry trend that requires a completely new set of
rules and guidelines for mixing to tight tolerances and properly handling and
managing the use of these gases. Conventional gas mixers and what was commonly
available in the market place did not safely meet this requirement with the
traceability and reliability demanded by the food industry.”

Doore went on to say, “The Airgas Engineering Solutions group developed the
Airgas Tri-Gas Blender for this new and growing market need. The Airgas
Tri-Gas Blender blends three gases with reliability, high levels of
repeatability and gas purity validation required by the meat industry.”

According to Doore, the Airgas Tri-Gas Blender, when coupled with a properly
developed gas supply system, provides the right balance of meat preservation
and an attractive appearance for maximum shelf life.

Airgas will demonstrate the safety and reliability features of the Airgas
Tri-Gas Blender in the Airgas exhibit (number 6947) during the Expo. Airgas
will also be demonstrating the Cold Jet^® dry ice blasting system for fast,
thorough cleaning of meat processing equipment. In addition, Airgas
representatives will be presenting total supply and service solutions for the
meat and poultry industry, from grow-out to slaughter and processing to
delivery.

Additional information is available at the Airgas exhibit. Registered IPPE
attendees who visit the Airgas exhibit will be entered in a drawing for an
Apple^® iPad.

About Airgas, Inc.

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation’s
leading suppliers of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods,
such as welding equipment and related products. Airgas is a leading U.S.
producer of atmospheric gases with 16 air separation plants, a leading
producer of carbon dioxide, dry ice, and nitrous oxide, one of the largest
U.S. suppliers of safety products, and a leading U.S. supplier of
refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals. More than 15,000
employees work in approximately 1,100 locations, including branches, retail
stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and
distribution centers. Airgas also markets 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.

Contact:

Airgas, Inc.
Media Contact:
Doug Sherman, 610-902-6270
Doug.sherman@airgas.com
or
Investor Contact:
Barry Strzelec, 610-902-6256
barry.strzelec@airgas.com
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