Announces Agreement with Ashtead Technology Rentals"
RADNOR, PA – April 6, 2006 -- Airgas,
Inc., (NYSE: ARG), the largest U.S. distributor of specialty
gases and equipment, has announced that it will supply EPA
Protocols and other emission monitoring gases to Ashtead
Technology Rentals, the industry leader in instrument rental
for environmental monitoring, non-destructive testing, and
remote visual inspection.
The relationship will provide Ashtead the
ability to provide gases to customers, in addition to its
rental equipment, within one business day anywhere in the
United States to meet urgent customer needs. Airgas will
supply Ashtead’s newest location in Elk Grove Village, IL,
close to the O’Hare Airport, with the gases that can be
shipped on demand, the same as all their equipment.
Ashtead currently offers instrument rental
solutions for a variety of environmental and nondestructive
testing through nine strategic locations in North America.
Its rental fleet includes a variety of analyzers, pumps
and other instrumentation. With the supply of EPA Protocols
and other emission monitoring gases from Airgas, the company
will now offer rental of cylinders and specialty gas regulators
as part of its offering.
“This agreement allows Ashtead to provide
our customers with a quality product that has been tested
to exacting standards,” said Dave Burnett, regional manager,
Ashtead Technology Rentals. “Aligning ourselves with a company
like Airgas underscores our commitment to customer service
“We’re extremely pleased to enter this agreement
with Ashtead,” said Bob Mueller, director of utility and
CPI markets for Airgas. “Ashtead shares our commitment to
providing customers in the energy industries with fast,
cost-effective, and reliable solutions.”
Mueller added that the agreement offers Airgas
customers the opportunity to rent equipment and EPA Protocols
quickly from Ashtead in the event of an unforeseen equipment
breakdown or shortterm requirement.
Airgas produces a full range of emission monitoring
gases, including EPA Protocol gases, CEM daily Calibration
gases, and other mixtures. Airgas produces EPA Protocols
at six national laboratories following exacting guidelines
established under the Clean Air Act Amendments. These national
facilities are part of the largest specialty gas infrastructure
in the nation, with nearly 60 specialty gas laboratories.
More than half of these facilities are certified to the
ISO 9000:2001 standards for quality programs. Three Airgas
laboratories also are accredited to the ISO 17025 standard
for analytical laboratory performance.
Ashtead Technology Rentals
Ashtead Technology is a worldwide rental leader
of environmental monitoring, non-destructive testing, and
remote visual inspection equipment to a variety of industries,
as well as, electronic survey and inspection equipment to
the offshore oil and gas industries. Its parent company,
Ashtead Group plc, listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:AHT),
is a leading equipment rental group serving the U.S. and
U.K. construction, industrial and homeowner markets. Ashtead
Group plc is comprised of three companies: Ashtead Technology
Rentals, A-Plant and Sunbelt Rentals with 417 locations
and over 6,500 total employees throughout the Group. For
more information on Ashtead Technology, visit www.ashtead-technology.com.
About Airgas, Inc.
Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries,
is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical,
and specialty gases, and related hardgoods, such as welding
equipment and supplies. Airgas is also the third-largest
U.S. distributor of safety products, the largest U.S. producer
of nitrous oxide and dry ice, the largest liquid carbon
dioxide producer in the Southeast, and a leading distributor
of process chemicals, refrigerants, and ammonia products.
Its 10,000 employees work in about 900 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.