TurboTorch to Offer MAP//PRO(TM) Premium Hand Torch Fuel


Next generation of premium hand torch fuel replaces discontinued MAPP® gas

St. Louis, MO (March 19, 2008) - TurboTorch, a leading manufacturer of a line of air-fuel and oxy-fuel products, has announced it will begin offering MAP//PRO(TM) gas today as the new premium fuel for the hand torch industry.

The introduction comes after the announcement that the sole North American manufacturer of MAPP® gas will no longer produce MAPP gas as it is closing its Canadian operations. MAPP gas is currently the hand torch industry's premium fuel used primarily by professionals.

MAP//PRO, which is produced by Worthington Cylinders of Columbus, OH, has a higher flame temperature and better combustion intensity than propane, which enables professional users to complete their tasks more quickly. MAP//PRO also has a higher vapor pressure than MAPP resulting in better performance in colder temperatures.

"The effective BTU output is a measurement of the quantity of BTUs that actually go into the work piece when heated," said Paul Minter, VP / General Manager, TurboTorch. "Our lab tests have revealed that MAP//PRO has approximately a 10% greater BTU output over Propane and a 14% less effective BTU output than MAPP. Given the technical advancements offered by TurboTorch products as the premium brand in the market, our torches maximize the performance of propylene based (MAP//PRO)."

TurboTorch, markets the most comprehensive line of air-fuel and oxy-fuel products and accessories of any manufacturer. Its "Swirl-Tip" and "Sof-Flame(TM)" torches and tips are the tools of choice for trade professionals worldwide. The TurboTorch Pro-Line(TM) series torches give operators the added convenience of a self-lighting torch feature. TurboTorch's premium quality products include tools for Acetylene, LP Gas, MAPP®, and oxy-acetylene applications. Cylinders, hand torch kits, and brazing and soldering alloys complement TurboTorch's equipment offering.

About Thermadyne Industries

Thermadyne Industries, Inc. is owned by Thermadyne Holdings Corporation. Thermadyne Holdings is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of cutting and welding products and accessories under a variety of leading premium brand names including Victor®, Tweco®, Arcair®, Thermal Dynamics®, Thermal Arc®, Stoody®, Turbo Torch®, Firepower® and Cigweld®. Its common shares trade under the symbol THMD.

For more information about Thermadyne, its products and services, visit the company's web site at www.Thermadyne.com.

For more information, contact:
Wes Morgan,
636-728-3057
or wmorgan@thermadyne.com

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