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Airgas Presents Dan Moriarty with Annual Scott Melman Award

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE:ARG) today presented its seventh annual Scott Melman Award to Dan Moriarty, director of external reporting, for his many contributions through the years.

The annual award is named for Scott M. Melman, former chief financial officer of Airgas, Inc., who died in 2001. According to the awards inscription, it honors Airgas employees who exhibit the qualities we remember in Scott M. Melman: Professionalism, perseverance, enthusiasm, energy, a sense of honor, and the courage to speak up and make a difference.

Dan is a high-impact player though often behind the scenes who is extremely competent, dedicated, resourceful, and never quits till the task at hand is accomplished, said Bob McLaughlin, senior vice president and chief financial officer, in nominating Moriarty.

Dan has been involved in nearly 100 acquisitions small and large, including our recent acquisitions of the Lindes bulk and packaged gas businesses, added Airgas Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Peter McCausland. No matter the accounting issue, Dan drills down, does the research, and arrives at the answer so we can properly record these complex transactions.

McCausland also noted that Airgas colleagues and external accounting partners cite Moriartys knowledge and analysis as well as his enthusiasm for the profession. It is quite obvious that he really knows and loves accounting. In the midst of a quarter-end or year-end rush, Dan is never without a smile.

Moriarty first joined Airgas in 1997 in the Internal Audit department, and a year later was named director of external reporting, a role he has held for the past nine years. Prior to joining Airgas, Moriarty had spent a dozen years in auditing and accounting roles with Deloitte & Touche, General Public Utilities Service Corporation, and Parente, Randolph, Orlando, Carey & Associates. A graduate of Lehigh University with a bachelors in accounting, he is a Certified Public Accountant. He resides in Allentown, PA.

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 14,000 employees work in over 1,100 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 www.airgas.com.

Contacts:

Airgas, Inc.
Investor Contact:
Jay Worley, 610-902-6206
jay.worley@airgas.com
or
Media Contact:
James Ely, 610-902-6010
jim.ely@airgas.com

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