Airgas Announces West Division and Intermountain Region Leadership Changes

  Airgas Announces West Division and Intermountain Region Leadership Changes

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RADNOR, Pa. -- April 11, 2013

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) today announced that Douglas L. Jones has been named
Airgas Division President – West Division, replacing Max D. Hooper who has
resigned after 17 years of dedicated service to Airgas and its West Division.
Effective immediately, Jones reports to Michael Molinini, Airgas President and
CEO, and is responsible for managing the West Division’s three regions — Nor
Pac, NCN, and West — which encompass California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon,
Washington, and north western Idaho.

Doug Jones (Photo: Airgas, Inc.)

Doug Jones (Photo: Airgas, Inc.)

“Max Hooper has had a very successful career at Airgas, beginning in 1996 when
he joined as President of our Airgas West regional company,” Molinini said.
“He served as our Division President for the West Division since 2005 and we
all wish him the very best for success in the next chapter of his career.”

Jones most recently served as President – Intermountain Region. The
Intermountain region includes Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, as well as the
western areas of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska, and the majority of
Idaho.

“Doug has been with Airgas for more than 24 years,” Molinini continued. “In
fact, he has spent his entire career in the packaged gas industry, starting as
a medical gas driver while still in college at the University of Utah. Doug’s
management of the Intermountain region has led to the significant success the
region has experienced over the past several years. We look forward to his
continued success as President of our Western Division.”

Jones joined Airgas in 1989 with the acquisition of Utah Welders Supply and
went on to manage medical and industrial gas sales before becoming Airgas
Intermountain’s Director of Marketing in 1998. He became the region’s Vice
President of Sales and Marketing in 2001 and then President of Intermountain
in 2006. Jones is a graduate of the University of Utah with a bachelor’s
degree in marketing and business.

Mike Eatmon replaces Jones as President – Intermountain Region. Eatmon is a
14-year Airgas veteran and most recently served as an Area Vice President for
the Intermountain region. Eatmon was recognized last year with the Airgas Area
Vice President of the Year Award for the Airgas Central Division for leading
his area in outperforming sales, earnings, and safety goals. Eatmon began his
career in the industrial gas industry in 1994 when he joined Scott Specialty
Gases as the Western Regional Sales Manager. He joined Airgas Mid South in
Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1999 and worked in a variety of sales and management
positions. In 2003, Eatmon became Vice President of Sales with Airgas
Southwest in Houston, Texas, managing all sales activity for the business unit
and helping integrate the acquisitions of BOC, Aeriform, and Union Gas during
his tenure. He became Area Vice President for Airgas Intermountain in 2007,
managing all sales and branch operations in Colorado. Eatmon is a graduate of
Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

“Mike is very qualified to take the reins and continue to guide the
Intermountain region,” said Terry Lodge, Airgas Division President – Central
Division. “He has solid industry experience, an excellent track record in
meeting and exceeding goals, and proven leadership skills managing his area
within the Intermountain region.”

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