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Airgas to Build Air Separation Plant in Chicago

1:11 AM MDT | September 21, 2012 | Deepti Ramesh

Airgas says it plans to build a new air separation unit (ASU) in the Chicago area in order to meet increasing demand for merchant gases in the region. The ASU will produce more than 400 m.t./day of oxygen, nitrogen, and argon, and it is expected to begin production in the fall of 2014. “The market for atmospheric gases is very strong in the Midwest and we fully expect it to continue,” says Michael Molinini, president and CEO of Airgas. “Because of increased demand, now is the right time to add to our production capabilities in order to meet the...

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