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DRY ICE AVAILABLE TO VICTIMS OF HURRICANE ANDREW

 DRY ICE AVAILABLE TO VICTIMS OF HURRICANE ANDREW
 MURRAY HILL, N.J., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of bags of dry


ice for preserving food and other perishables are being made available free to victims of Hurricane Andrew in Louisiana.
 The effort is being coordinated through three companies, Airco Gases (Murray Hill), LaRoche Holdings Inc. (Atlanta) and Clean Kool, Inc. (Lawrenceville, Ga.), who have joined forces to bring relief to the thousands of people in and around Baton Rouge still without power. Will Anderson, president of Clean Kool, volunteered the services of the three companies to the American Red Cross of Louisiana.
 The Dry Ice Relief Effort began Saturday, Aug. 29, in Baton Rouge. After the majority of power was restored to residents there, the effort was moved under the guidance of the American Red Cross of Louisiana to Franklin, La., where Hurricane Andrew's wrath seemed more severe. The volunteer effort will continue until power is restored.
 To aid the effort, Airco Gases is supplying free carbon dioxide (CO2), the raw material for the dry ice. The CO2 is pelletized in a newly developed, completely mobile, diesel-powered dry ice extrusion machine provided by Clean Kool and LaRoche. Once pelletized, the dry ice is being packaged and distributed by the Red Cross from the grounds of Franklin High School.
 The three companies, who mobilized last Friday for this endeavor, were assigned priority status by the Louisiana Emergency Management Group, the organization charged with coordinating emergency and disaster relief efforts in the state. Harvey R. Linder, vice president and general counsel for LaRoche, explained that the priority status gives the companies "the ability to transport equipment across state lines without encountering delays at weigh stations and other checkpoints en route."
 LaRoche Holdings Inc., and its subsidiaries LaRoche Industries Inc. and LaRoche Chemicals Inc., offer a diversified group of chemical companies furnishing both organic and inorganic chemicals to the industrial and agricultural sectors of the domestic and international markets. Their sales last year approximated $370 million.
 Clean Kool, Inc., is a technology development company that specializes in the manufacture of specialty equipment and delivery systems.
 Airco Gases is a leading manufacturer and supplier of industrial gases 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 gases and health care company operating in more than 60 countries and with sales last year of $5.2 billion.
 For more information on the Dry Ice Relief Effort, please contact: Martha Eckert, communication manager - Gases The Americas, for Airco Gases, at 908-771-1491; Will Anderson, president of Clean Kool, Inc., at 404-995-7888; or Harvey R. Linder, vice president and general counsel for LaRoche Holdings Inc., at 404-851-0430.
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 /CONTACT: Martha L. Eckert of Airco Gases, 908-771-1491/ CO: Airco Gases; LaRoche Holdings Inc.; Clean Kool, Inc. ST: New Jersey, Georgia, Louisiana IN: CHM SU:


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