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Airgas Inc., Radnor, PA, an Air Liquide company and supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases, plans to build a new air separation unit (ASU) in Mebane, N.C.
The facility will increase Airgas’ production capabilities in North Carolina’s Research Triangle area while also strengthening its East Coast merchant gases network. The new facility is expected to be on-stream in 2019 and will produce oxygen, nitrogen and argon for use in customer applications such as metal fabrication, blanketing and purging, combustion, chilling and freezing. In addition, the ASU will produce medical grade oxygen to supply to hospitals, nursing homes and research laboratories as well as food and pharmaceutical grade nitrogen.