Airgas to Exhibit Top-of-the-Line Welding and Manufacturing Equipment at EASTEC, May 14-16 in West Springfield, MA


RADNOR, PA – Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) announced today that it will exhibit at EASTEC presented by The Society of Manufacturing Engineers in West Springfield, MA, May 14 - 16, and feature its extensive line of industry products.



"Manufacturing is a key Airgas market and we are thrilled to be exhibiting our wide range of offerings to our customers and the EASTEC community," says Garth Stapon, Automation Sales Specialist for Airgas' Northeast region.



Among the exhibited Airgas products will be the VRTEX® Mobile Virtual Reality Arc Welding Trainer by Lincoln Electric, the company's newest and most cost-effective tool in its line of welding education solutions for schools, training centers, and industry customers. The interactive teaching device is easily transported on-site to introduce new welders to the trade in a classroom or in a manufacturing facility. It may also be used as an HR screening tool or for workforce training. Now available through Airgas, the VRTEX® Mobile Trainer allows a student to learn and train safely with realistic imagery and graphics, plus a specially-equipped virtual reality welding helmet.



"Lincoln Electric has leveraged the experience gained from their first generation VRTEX® 360 system and developed a modern, portable, and economical training tool," explains Stapon. "Airgas is excited to offer this affordable new product and its cutting-edge simulated training technology."



Airgas will also exhibit an array of supplies and products to fit any welding and manufacturing need - including torches, welders, accessories, and more - from leading brands as well as its own Radnor brand.



For more details about Airgas' full range of manufacturing supplies and equipment, visit the Airgas exhibit (Booth 1058) at EASTEC, May 14 - 16, Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA.



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 www.airgas.com.



Media Contact:

Doug Sherman

(610) 902-6270

doug.sherman@airgas.com



Airgas, Inc.

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Radnor, PA 19087-5283

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