Airgas Continues Operation Homefront Support withTwo-Year, $200,000 Commitment

Thu Dec 20, 2012 4:05pm EST

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RADNOR, Pa.--(Business Wire)--
Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), one of the largest U.S. suppliers of industrial,
medical, and specialty gases, and welding, safety, and related products, today
reaffirmed its commitment to Operation Homefront, a charity that supports
America`s troops by providing emergency assistance and moral support to the
family members left behind when they are deployed and to wounded service members
when they return home. 

Airgas Executive Chairman Peter McCausland and Airgas President and CEO Mike
Molinini presented Operation Homefront President and CEO Jim Knotts with a
$100,000 donation today. An additional $100,000 donation will be made during
2013. 

"We began our close relationship with Operation Homefront in 2008 with financial
support and with support from thousands of Airgas associates throughout the
country," said McCausland. "Our military community makes tremendous sacrifices
every day on behalf of us all. Now and throughout the holidays is a great time
to think about how much our troops have given to this country and thank them for
their dedicated service. We are proud to help support Operation Homefront and
our troops." 

Today marks Airgas` fifth year of support for Operation Homefront and its fifth
$100,000 donation. 

"Airgas associates have really embraced Operation Homefront since the very
beginning of this relationship," added Molinini. "They`ve become involved in
local events and fundraisers, from bake sales, food drives, and 5K walks to
raffles and even recycling aluminum can pull tabs. We are very proud of our
associates` efforts that add even more to our connection with Operation
Homefront." 

In 2008, Airgas announced a $300,000 pledge to be paid in increments of $100,000
per year over three years, with 70 percent going toward Operation Homefront's
projects to assist wounded soldiers. At that time, Airgas also set a goal to
hire 100 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan service in the following 12 months,
and began offering the Airgas "Welding 101" course to any veteran of Iraq and
Afghanistan service interested in exploring a career in welding. Airgas met its
$300,000 pledge in 2010 and then extended its commitment for another year and
another $100,000. Since 2008, Airgas has hired more than 400 veterans and
continues to offer Welding 101 training to veterans. 

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.

Airgas, Inc.
Media Contact:
Doug Sherman (610) 902-6270
doug.sherman@airgas.com
or
Investor Contact:
Barry Strzelec (610) 902-6256
barry.strzelec@airgas.com



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