Airgas Recognized as John Deere “Partner-level” Supplier for 2013, Deere & Company’s Highest Supplier Rating

  Airgas Recognized as John Deere “Partner-level” Supplier for 2013, Deere &
  Company’s Highest Supplier Rating

Business Wire

RADNOR, Pa. -- February 25, 2014

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) today announced that it has earned recognition as a
Partner-level supplier for 2013 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence
Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier

Airgas, headquartered in Radnor, PA, was selected for the honor in recognition
of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as
well as its commitment to continuous improvement.

“We are honored to be recognized with Deere & Company’s highest supplier
rating for 2013,” said Airgas President and Chief Executive Officer Michael L.
Molinini. “Airgas associates across many locations and disciplines are
instrumental in creating value for our customers every day, and this
recognition by Deere is a testament to Airgas’ customer-centric approach to

Airgas associates accepted the honor during formal ceremonies held on February
18^th in Davenport, IA.

Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated
annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost
management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of
responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to
provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous

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
associates 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.
Media & Investor Contact:
Barry Strzelec, 610-902-6256
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Sarah Stockton-Brown, 610-263-8260
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