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Airgas to Discuss Efficiency of FreezeRight IQF Cryogenic Freezer at the Boston International Seafood Show, March 10 – 12

  Airgas to Discuss Efficiency of FreezeRight IQF Cryogenic Freezer at the
  Boston International Seafood Show, March 10 – 12

Business Wire

RADNOR, Pa. -- March 7, 2013

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) announced today that it will exhibit at the Boston
International Seafood Show, March 10 – 12, and discuss the efficiency of the
Airgas FreezeRight™ IQF cryogenic freezer for processors of Individually Quick
Frozen (IQF) products. The FreezeRight IQF was specifically designed to meet
the delicate handling requirements of scallops, shrimp, and other seafood.

Airgas FreezeRight(TM) IQF Cryogenic Freezer (Photo: Airgas, Inc.)

Airgas FreezeRight(TM) IQF Cryogenic Freezer (Photo: Airgas, Inc.)

The Airgas FreezeRight IQF is a cryogenic tunnel freezer that uses liquid
nitrogen or carbon dioxide to flash freeze food items. It can process more
than 5,000 pounds of IQF product per hour while consuming 30 percent to 60
percent less liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide when compared to conventional
cryogenic freezers.

“The Airgas FreezeRight IQF freezer really appeals to one of our ‘sweet spot’
markets,” says Bill Baker, Vice President, Airgas Food and Beverage Markets.
“Scallop processors, in particular, like the quality and high throughput,
providing yield improvement and effective glazing of IQF product. They also
tell us that the more efficient use of liquid cryogen and the design’s full
access to the freezer belt for easier cleaning and sanitation are a winning
combination.”

The FreezeRight cryogenic freezer line was developed to complement Airgas’
holistic approach to the food-freezing process. In order to provide the
ultimate food freezing system, the Airgas approach takes into account the
entire cryogenic freezing process, including not only the freezer, but also
the tank, piping, and exhaust.

For more details about Airgas FreezeRight IQF cryogenic freezers and complete
freezing process, visit the Airgas exhibit (Booth 1689) at the International
Boston Seafood Show, March 10 – 12, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center,
or contact the Airgas Engineering Solutions Center at 1-800-282-1524.

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.

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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