Airgas, Inc. - an Air Liquide Company

Airgas, Inc. - an Air Liquide Company

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 a leading U.S. producer of atmospheric gases, carbon dioxide, dry ice, and nitrous oxide, one of the largest U.S. distributors of safety products, and a leading U.S. distributor of refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals.

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259 N. Radnor-Chester Road , Radnor , PA 19087 USA
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Business Type:
Industry Type:
Health and Safety
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)

17,000 Strong & Growing
Founded in 1982, Airgas is powered by the entrepreneurial spirit approximately 17,000 hard-working men and women dedicated to customer success in the wide range of industries we serve:

  • Manufacturing and metal fabrication
  • Construction (energy and infrastructure)
  • Energy and chemicals (upstream, midstream and downstream)
  • Life sciences and healthcare
  • Food and beverage
  • Retail
  • Primary materials
  • Government, defense and aerospace

Environmental and Social Responsibility

Airgas is committed to minimizing its impact on the environment and maximizing its involvement in the community, with initiatives to improve our fleet fuel efficiency, lower our electricity consumption and help our refrigerant gas customers recycle this valuable resource.

In addition to many local community service activities, Airgas pursues a number of company-wide endeavors, including our ongoing support of Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization that supports America’s military service members.

Known Locally Nationwide
Through more than 450 acquisitions and internal growth, Airgas has established a national network of more than 950 branches spread across 15 regions. Our network is comprised of retail locations, cylinder fill plants, gas production facilities, specialty gas laboratories and regional distribution centers.

When a challenge arises, Airgas delivers with the right mix of gases, welding and safety products, and unbeatable expertise—all in one place.

What makes Airgas different? Our unique mix of offerings goes the distance with a combination of packaged and bulk gases, welding hardgoods, safety products, application technologies and services. Take a look at some of our core offerings to understand why Airgas is a trusted partner with comprehensive capabilities to meet complex operational goals.

Industrial Gases

More than 10 million cylinders, approximately 300 high-pressure cylinder-fill plants and 11 acetylene-manufacturing facilities continuously supply a full range of industrial gases, including welding, shielding and cutting gases, to customers across the continent.

Bulk Gases

Production and distribution of merchant volumes—16 air-separation units, more than 60 bulk-gas specialists and more than 16,000 bulk tanks—keep our distribution infrastructure and bulk-gas customers in constant supply.

Medical Gases

Approximately 350 FDA-registered medical gas facilities serve hospitals, medical institutions, home healthcare distributors, physicians’ practices and other medical businesses. We offer these organizations a wide range of critical products, including medical gases, medical gas equipment, medical facility certification, home respiratory therapy equipment and related supplies.

Specialty Gases

Our network of 11 national labs, 70 regional labs, two equipment centers and one R&D center supports products including high-purity, rare, calibration and specialty-blend gases. Approximately three-quarters of our specialty gas labs are ISO 9001-registered and eight are also ISO/IEC 17025-accredited.

Carbon Dioxide and Dry Ice

Eight liquid carbon dioxide plants and 50 dry ice facilities supply customers in the following industries: food processing, food service, beverage, pharmaceutical and biotech. We also produce Penguin Brand® Dry Ice, available in grocery stores and other retail outlets nationwide.

Welding Hardgoods and Safety Products

Six national distribution centers streamline the supply chain for welding hardgoods, safety products, gas equipment, tools and construction supplies to Airgas branches and customers, including Radnor® private-label products.


Our nationwide network of distribution and reclamation centers offers a full range of products and services for the air conditioning and refrigeration industries.


Our national distribution network provides products and services in the U.S. for nitrogen oxide abatement (DeNOx), chemical processing, water treatment and metal finishing.

Welding Rentals

We offer welding and power generation equipment rental and welding-related services through more than 50 Red-D-Arc® locations and Airgas construction stores in North America, while serving Europe through locations in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France, and the Middle East through a location in the United Arab Emirates. Equipment and services are also available in the Caribbean, Spain, Kazakhstan, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Australia through dealer representation.

Energy and Infrastructure Construction Offering

We offer a complete line of gases, and welding and safety supplies for energy and infrastructure contractors as well as maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) through construction-focused branches. We also provide safety products, consulting and training services through Airgas On-Site Safety Services.

Strategic Accounts

A lowest-total-cost solution for customers with multiple locations, our strategic accounts are organized to support general and specialized industries, and our tailored supply-chain management solutions through Airgas OUTLOOK® Managed Services substantially streamline cylinder and hardgoods procurement.

As a leading single-source supplier of all things gases, welding and safety, Airgas offers a wide range of products to suit your needs. Combine that with the industry’s best team and a tightly unified supply chain and you get more than just a supplier. You get a cost-saving, efficiency-enhancing partner dedicated to your success.

A leader in gases

Airgas is proud to be a leader in U.S. gas industry, offering a full range of packaged industrial, medical and specialty gases to meet your needs:

  • As the fifth-largest U.S. producer and largest purchaser of bulk atmospheric gases, we can offer competitive prices and unparalleled service
  • We are the leading U.S. supplier of liquid carbon dioxide and dry ice, serving a broad customer base and multiple applications
  • As the largest U.S. producer of nitrous oxide, we serve industrial customers and government agencies in times of need
  • We offer the leading platform in the following U.S. markets: refrigerants, ammonia and process chemicals

Airgas also offers a full range of supply modes for every requirement:

  • Cylinders (300 SCF)
  • Dewars  (5,000 SCF)
  • MicroBulk (50,000 SCR)
  • Bulk, Tube Trailers (Merchant: 600,000 SCF) 
  • Pipeline, Onsite ASUs (Tonnage: 5M+ SCF/Day)
Along with gases, we’re a leading supplier of welding and safety products

In addition to a full range of gases, Airgas offers a wide range of welding and safety products. In fact, we’re the largest company in North America offering this complete product line under one roof. By consolidating vendors with one trusted company, you can free up your administrative staff, liberate management from juggling vendors and see cost savings by streamlining billing, accounting and other procurement tasks. Potential benefits include:

  • Significant cost savings
  • Supply consistency through localized service
  • Assurance of proper product selection with field support
  • Standardized vending and inventory management

Our comprehensive offering includes:

Welding Hardgoods
  • Welding machines
  • Filler metals
  • Gas apparatus
  • Abrasives and other peripherals
Red-D-Arc Welderentals™
  • Welder rentals (Our 60,000 unit fleet ensures high availability)
  • Welding positioning equipment
  • Portable power & lighting rentals
  • Dry ice blasting
Safety and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Head-to-toe protection
  • Respiratory protection
  • Fall protection
  • Gas monitoring
On-Site Safety Services
  • High-purity supplemental breathing air
  • Equipment rental and repair
  • On-site safety coordination
The industry’s best team

The Airgas team is more than 16,000 associates strong. Our expert team is diverse and knowledgeable:

  • Engineers and chemists
  • Welding process specialists
  • Safety specialists
  • Specialty gas and bulk gas specialists
  • Construction specialists
  • Supply-chain management specialists

A storehouse of knowledge. A stockpile of answers.

  • Assistance with optimizing product selection and welding process implementation
  • Supply-chain solutions to standardize processes and lower costs
  • Recommendations for safety and compliance to help you keep your workers safe and your policies in check
Full range of gases
  • Industrial
  • Medical
  • Specialty
  • Refrigerants
  • Ammonia
Why choose Airgas?Gases, welding and safety—from one trusted partner
  • Range of delivery modes
  • Welding hardgoods
  • Safety products and expertise
Industry-leading team
  • Expert team for product selection and deployment
  • One vendor adds up to consistency, efficiency and cost savings
Multichannel Services

To serve you better whenever you need us, wherever you are, we’ve developed a multi-channel service network. Whether through our branches, our representatives or online, our multi-channel service network makes sure you’ll get whatever you need to build on your success.

  • More than 1,100 locations
    Known locally nationwide, we have retail branches, filling plants, specialty gas labs, gas production facilities and distribution centers strategically located coast to coast
  • Expert account managers and industry specialists
    Get unrivaled industry insight and unbiased recommendations on products, processes and safety from experienced people who know what it takes to keep you ahead of the competition
  • Dedicated telesales teams
    Knowledgeable about the full spectrum of Airgas products, our Airgas Total Access product specialists offer the best customer care in the industry
  • Robust eProcurement platform
    World-class customers deserve a world-class ecommerce solution that helps them control costs, save time and increase their competitive edge

Making safety number one. Becoming number one in safety.

Safety. The environment. The communities we serve. At Airgas, we have a deep commitment to making them top priorities—and we have the track record to back it up.

At Airgas, we put safety first. So it’s no surprise that we’re also recognized as a leader in safety in the industry, in areas including fleet and workplace safety.

Fleet Safety

At Airgas, driving safety is paramount and our performance in this area was validated again in calendar year 2013 when we earned two Fleet Safety Excellence Awards from the Compressed Gas Association. Our cylinder and bulk fleets were recognized for having the lowest vehicle accident frequency rate among the industry’s large fleets. This is the fifth consecutive year that Airgas’ cylinder fleet has received this honor and the fifth win since 2005 for our bulk fleet.

Workplace Safety

Safety has been—and always will be—a priority in our operations. Airgas believes that safety is every associate’s responsibility, and we are very proud of our workplace safety track record.

Awards for Safety

The Compressed Gas Association awarded Duane Young, Director of the Airgas SAFECOR organization, with the Charles H. Glasier Safety Award in recognition of his safety leadership in the industrial gas industry. At Airgas SAFECOR, Young helped develop and implement 28 regulatory compliance systems for Airgas that reduced workplace accident frequency and severity by more than 60 percent, and also established Airgas as an industry leader in fleet safety.

Our commitment to Sustainability

As a leading U.S. producer of packaged gases, as well as a company with 17,000 associates and more than 1,100 locations, we realize we have a responsibility to ensure sustainable development. Balanced success across our “triple bottom line” of environmental, social and financial performance is our goal.

Previously, many of our sustainability efforts were localized. As we continue to grow, we are accelerating and expanding what is being done locally for a coordinated company-wide approach to sustainability.

In 2014, we created the Airgas Sustainability Committee, which covers all functional areas, from product stewardship and gas production to talent management and safety and compliance. Through this committee, we are becoming more responsible, accountable, data-driven and transparent about our sustainability aspirations, activities and progress.