Airgas to Expand Atmospheric Gas Production Capacity in New England

  Airgas to Expand Atmospheric Gas Production Capacity in New England

          Company to Build Second Air Separation Unit in Bozrah, CT

Business Wire

RADNOR, Pa. -- December 11, 2013

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), today announced plans to expand its atmospheric gas
production capacity in New England by building a second air separation unit
(ASU) in Bozrah, CT in order to meet the expected increase in demand for
merchant gases across its diverse customer base in the region. The ASU, which
will produce oxygen, nitrogen, and argon, will be operated by Airgas Merchant
Gases and is expected to begin production in the fall of 2015.

“The market for atmospheric gases is expected to continue to grow in New
England, particularly in the medical, laboratory, high-tech and food
industries,” said Michael L. Molinini, Airgas President and Chief Executive
Officer. “Now is the right time to add to our production capabilities in order
to meet the growing merchant gas needs of our current and future customers in
the region.”

As one of the nation's leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty
gases, Airgas currently produces oxygen, nitrogen, and argon through its 16
air separation units nationwide, making it the fifth largest producer of
atmospheric gases in North America. The Company’s proposed plant in Bozrah
will produce more than 600 tons per day of oxygen, nitrogen, and argon and
will bring Airgas’ total capacity at the site to over 1,600 tons per day. The
Company also purchases atmospheric gases under long-term supply contracts with
other producers.

“We will operate the new plant alongside our existing one in Bozrah,” said Tom
Thoman, Airgas Division President – Gases Production. “This will not only
substantially increase our presence in the region but also enhance the
security of our supply by having dual production facilities.”

According to Thoman, Airgas Merchant Gases commissioned Airgas' newest ASU in
Clarksville, TN, which began producing atmospheric gases in May 2012 and is
building a new ASU in Minooka, IL, which is set to be on-stream in the summer
of 2015.

In addition to gases, Airgas is a leading supplier of a wide range of
hardgoods, including welding equipment and related products, safety products,
and tools and supplies for construction and maintenance, repair, and
operations (MRO).

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
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Airgas, Inc.
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