Airgas Announces New Cylinder Recertification Operation at Airgas
Refrigerants’ Facility in Smyrna, GA
RADNOR, Pa. -- July 1, 2013
Airgas Inc. (NYSE: ARG) today announced that its Airgas Refrigerants, Inc.
plant in Smyrna, GA is successfully operating an on-location cylinder
recertification facility, following approval from the U.S. Department of
Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The
approval allows Airgas to recertify low-pressure cylinders manufactured to 4B
series DOT specifications including 4B, 4BA, and 4BW. Airgas Refrigerants is
one of the country’s largest distributors and reclaimers of refrigerant gases.
“Airgas is in the cylinder business, as well as the refrigerant business,”
said Pat Kitchin, Director of Operations for Airgas Refrigerants. “We now have
the ability to recertify and refurbish our own refrigerant cylinder fleet
instead of strictly relying upon third party vendors to handle this type of
low pressure cylinder. We’re reducing the time it takes to turn these assets
around from six weeks down to one.”
The Company has created the recertification operation to further streamline
its processes and reduce cost and waste. By recertifying its own fleet of
cylinders, Airgas Refrigerants eliminates a third party service provider,
putting cylinders back in service faster and delivering better asset
The Airgas Refrigerants recertification qualifications include visual
inspections, hydrostatic testing, and direct expansion testing. The cylinder
recertification facility was created in anticipation of the growing market for
reclaiming used refrigerants, especially HCFC-22 or R-22, which the EPA has
designated for a phase out of new production by the end of 2019.
“This latest Airgas Refrigerants’ process improvement demonstrates the
company’s commitment to reducing waste and creating efficiencies to continue
to deliver the best products and services in the refrigeration industry,” adds
The commissioning of the cylinder recertification facility follows Airgas
Refrigerants’ 2012 announcement of Refrigatron™, the country’s largest
capacity refrigerant reclamation system.
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
e-Business, 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.
Doug Sherman, 610-902-6270
Barry Strzelec, 610-902-6256
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