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Terry Lodge Appointed President of Airgas Mid South Region

Airgas, Inc., (NYSE:ARG) today announced that Terry L. Lodge has been named president of Airgas Mid South, one of the regional companies that make up Airgas distribution business.

As president, Lodge leads a region, headquartered in Tulsa, OK, that includes nearly 900 associates working in more than 70 locations in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and parts of north Texas, western Missouri, northern Louisiana, western Tennessee, and northwest Mississippi. Lodge, who has been division vice president since 2005, has been serving as the acting president of the region since October 1, when Mike Duvall retired.

Terrys more than 25 years of operational and financial leadership, his thorough knowledge of the distribution business, and specifically the Mid South region as a native Oklahoman, will help us succeed, said Max Hooper, Western Division President for Airgas, Inc, who oversees six regional companies.

Lodge first joined Airgas with the acquisition of The Jimmie Jones Company in 1994, serving as chief financial officer of Jimmie Jones/Sooner Airgas, one of the hub companies that formed Airgas Mid South. He had served as CFO of Airgas Mid South until 2005, when he was promoted to division vice president.

Prior to joining Airgas, Lodge had served as CFO of Jimmie Jones since 1979, after serving as an internal auditor with W.R. Grace & Company.

He graduated from Cameron University, Lawton, OK, with a bachelors degree in accounting.

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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