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AIRCO PLANS TO INVEST IN NEW BIRMINGHAM AREA PLANT

 MURRAY HILL, N.J., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Airco Gases, the U.S. gases business of the multinational BOC Group, has announced plans to build a new air separation plant in the vicinity of Birmingham, Ala.
 According to Seifi Ghasemi, senior vice president, operations and technology, the plant will produce approximately 800 tons per day of atmospheric gases -- oxygen, nitrogen and argon -- for customers in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Much of the capacity from the new state-of-the-art facility will replace old, inefficient capacity in the region when the new plant comes on stream in early 1995. In addition to providing bulk liquid product for the merchant market, the new facility will supply oxygen and nitrogen via dedicated pipelines to a number of companies in the area.
 "While specific details of the plant's location have yet to be finalized, we are looking seriously at several locations in the greater Birmingham area," said Ghasemi. "The Southeast has long been an important area for Airco Gases and this substantial investment underscores our commitment to provide our customers with the highest level of service."
 Terry Hall, regional vice president, said the new plant will supply gases vital to a wide variety of industries. "It will significantly improve the availability of oxygen to the region's traditional customer base, as well as support the strong growth anticipated in environmental applications."
 Airco Gases is a leading manufacturer and supplier of industrial and gas handling technology in the United States. The company's primary gas products include cryogenic and non-cryogenic nitrogen and oxygen, as well as argon, carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen and a variety of medical, rare and special gases.
 Airco is a member of The BOC Group, the worldwide industrial gases, health care, vacuum technology and distribution services company operating in more than 60 countries and with sales last year of $5.2 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Martha L. Eckert of Airco Gases, 908-771-1491, or fax, 908-771-1460/


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