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Airgas Celebrates Opening of New Store and Distribution Center in Lincoln, NE

12,000 square foot facility offers full distribution and retail services

RADNOR, PA and LINCOLN, NE - January 12, 2012 - Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) celebrated the opening of a new facility in Lincoln, NE that will meet the fast-growing demand for cylinder gases and related products in the Lincoln metro region. Airgas is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related hardgoods, such as welding equipment and safety products. The facility is owned and operated by Airgas North Central, one of the regional subsidiaries that make up Airgas' distribution business.

"Our new 12,000 square foot facility allows Airgas to provide a highly efficient, local platform for sales and distribution in the Lincoln area where we know that our customers truly value local business relationships," said Tracy McDowell, Area Vice President, Airgas North Central. "Our trucks are equipped to deliver Airgas' complete line of industrial, medical and specialty gases in cylinder or bulk form, while the retail store features a showroom stocked with welding equipment, welding supplies, and safety products. This investment demonstrates our commitment to the growth of the Lincoln economy and adds a new dimension to our capabilities and existing operations in nearby Omaha, NE, Council Bluffs, IA and Hastings, NE."

With over 60 years of combined industry experience, the staff is focused on providing Airgas' trademark customer service. Four newly created positions enhance local expertise to meet the needs of the local markets.

About Airgas, Inc.
Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and supplies. Airgas is also a leading U.S. producer of atmospheric gases, carbon dioxide, dry ice, and nitrous oxide, one of the largest U.S. distributors of safety products, and a leading U.S. distributor of refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals. More than 14,000 employees work in approximately 1,100 locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and distribution centers. Airgas also distributes 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.

Media Contact:
Nicolette Milholin (610) 902-6010
nicolette.milholin@airgas.com

Investor Contact:
Barry Strzelec (610) 902-6256
barry.strzelec@airgas.com

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