Airgas Announces Reorganization of its Southwest Region

  Airgas Announces Reorganization of its Southwest Region

Formation of two separate regions facilitates additional management and staff
                    resources to focus on key growth areas

Business Wire

RADNOR, Pa. -- October 3, 2013

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial,
medical, and specialty gases, and related products, today announced the
reorganization of its Southwest distribution region, effective November 1,
into two separate regions – the Gulf Coast region, headquartered in Houston,
and the Southwest region, headquartered in Dallas. Jason Favre, currently an
area vice president within Airgas’ Southwest region, has been named president
of the Gulf Coast region, which includes coastal Texas and Louisiana. Brent
Sparks, president of Airgas’ Southwest region, has been named president of the
newly defined Southwest region, which includes the rest of Texas to the north,
east and west of Dallas, and New Mexico.

“We continue to be optimistic about the long-term prospects for the U.S.
manufacturing and energy industries, as well as non-residential construction,
and this area of the country is expected to see significant growth,” said
Michael Molinini, Airgas President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re adding
resources to further strengthen our position and ability to capitalize on the
opportunities that lie ahead. This reorganization will enable us to focus more
fully on the unique needs of the industries in each of these regions.”

“The Southwest region represents one of Airgas’ largest in terms of annual
revenues, number of production facilities and branches, and number of
associates,” said Terry Lodge, president of Airgas’ Central Division. “This
reorganization reinforces Airgas’ commitment to an operating model where
decisions are made as close to the customers as possible.”

“Jason has spent most of his career in the industrial gas business and in the
Gulf Coast area. He’s held several positions of increasing responsibility
within Airgas, which has prepared him well for this important role,” Lodge
added. “Brent is an industry veteran who’s spent more than a decade leading
the growth of our business in the Southwest. Both have track records of
meeting and exceeding performance targets and proven leadership skills that
will help drive our continued success in their respective regions.”

Favre brings to his new role as president of the Airgas Gulf Coast region more
than 17 years of sales, marketing, and management experience within the
industrial gases and welding equipment and safety industries. He began his
career at Airgas in 2001 as a safety specialist based in Louisiana before
becoming a branch manager for Airgas’ Baton Rouge and Geismar, LA, locations.
In 2007, he was promoted to area vice president, covering parts of Louisiana
and eastern Texas, and has since served in area vice president and vice
president of sales and marketing roles for Airgas’ Southwest region based in
Houston. Favre graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Industrial
Distribution.

Sparks brings more than 30 years of industry experience to his role, most
recently serving as president of Airgas’ Southwest region for the past 12
years, during which time the region’s sales have more than tripled. He joined
Airgas in 1991 as president of Mountain Airgas, one of 23 hub companies at the
time, and oversaw its development into Airgas’ 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
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.

Contact:

Airgas, Inc.
Investor & Media Contact:
Barry Strzelec, 610-902-6256
barry.strzelec@airgas.com
or
Investor Contact:
Joseph Marczely, 610-263-8277
joseph.marczely@airgas.com
 
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