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Airgas Appoints McBride as President of Airgas Great Lakes

Airgas, Inc., (NYSE:ARG) today announced that Kevin M. McBride has been named president of Airgas Great Lakes, headquartered in Cleveland, OH, one of the regional companies that make up Airgas distribution business.

McBride joined Airgas in March as vice president of business development for Airgas Merchant Gases, after serving as vice president and general manager of the Linde Bulk Business Group, which Airgas acquired in March to create Airgas Merchant Gases.

As president, McBride leads a region that spans Michigan, Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and northern Indiana with more than 40 locations and 500 associates, and will soon double in size with Airgas pending acquisition of a significant part of Lindes U.S. packaged gas business.

As we embark on the Linde U.S. packaged gas acquisition, Kevin will be the ideal leader to see Airgas Great Lakes through a successful integration, because he has served at Linde and AGA Gas for 25 of his more than 30 years in the industrial gas business, said Shaun Powers, division president East, for Airgas, Inc.

Prior to joining Airgas, McBride had served as the vice president and general manager of the Linde Bulk Business Group, the entity created as Linde began the required divestiture. He first joined AGA in 1982, gaining sales and management experience in all phases of his career. Among his other roles were manager of on-site sales, business manager for on-site sales, regional manager, and general manager for process sales. In 2005, he was named vice president South Atlantic region for Linde Gas.

He began his career as a sales representative and sales manager with Air Products & Chemicals. He graduated from the University of South Florida with bachelors degrees in marketing and management.

About Airgas, Inc.

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and supplies. Airgas is also one of the largest U.S. distributors of safety products, the largest U.S. producer of nitrous oxide and dry ice, the largest liquid carbon dioxide producer in the Southeast, and a leading distributor of process chemicals, refrigerants, and ammonia products. More than 11,500 employees work in over 900 locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and distribution centers. Airgas also distributes 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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