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Airgas Names David Shedd West Region President

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) today announced that David Shedd has been named president of the Airgas West region, reporting to Max Hooper, Airgas Western Division president. Shedd replaces Samuel Thompson, who left Airgas to pursue other interests.

David Shedd, Airgas West Region President (Photo: Airgas, Inc.)

David Shedd, Airgas West Region President (Photo: Airgas, Inc.)

Shedd’s diverse career spans more than 25 years. After working for several companies in Europe, he joined TRW in 1990 working in the company’s finance and strategic planning group. In 1994, Shedd joined Oldcastle Precast, an industrial infrastructure company, where he held various positions with increasing responsibility, including vice president of corporate development, president of the company’s telecommunications group, president of the national manufacturing division, and president of the central region. Shedd resigned from Oldcastle Precast in 2010 to form a consulting firm and publish two books on business leadership. He holds a BA degree in Mathematics from Williams College and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

“David has a solid history of business leadership success,” said Hooper. “His focus on sales, customer service, and safety is well-suited to our West region’s goals. David is a great addition and I look forward to working with him to grow our business in this 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 eBusiness, 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


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