Linde to break ground for new air separation plant in southern Arkansas

Murray Hill and New Providence, New Jersey, U.S., August 16, 2012 – Linde North America will break ground on August 22 for construction of a new air separation plant in Lewisville, Arkansas. The 470 ton-per-day plant will produce liquid nitrogen and oxygen to meet rapidly growing demand in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.

Members of the media, as well as state and local officials, and customers are invited to the event which will begin at 3:30 pm. The Linde plant site is located at 2244 on Highway 82 in Lewisville.

Pat Murphy, president of Linde North America, said, “The Lewisville plant will give us the size and operating efficiencies we need to support our customers, who have seen great expansion in their own businesses and who are poised for even more growth in the future.” Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group , a world leading gases and engineering company

“When completed, the plant will bring product closer to our customers so we can improve their supply security and reduce Linde’s carbon footprint. Developing environmental solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions is part of Linde’s commitment to sustainability,” Murphy said.

The plant, which will employ 24 people, is expected to begin operating by the fourth quarter of 2013. The liquid nitrogen and oxygen produced at the plant will be delivered by tanker truck to customers ranging from manufacturers of chemical products to food processors, metal fabricators, independent gases and welding distributors, and healthcare providers.

By using the latest design technology from Linde’s Engineering Division , the plant will use the least amount of electricity possible in order to produce the gases. Linde also will require less fuel for its delivery trucks, since the plant will be located closer to customers.

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 51,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2011 financial year, it generated revenue of EUR 13.787 bn (US $18.1 bn). The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment– in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The Group is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

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Contact:
Amy Ficon
Linde corporate communications
908-771-1491
amy.ficon@linde.com

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Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group, a world leading gases and engineering company. The Linde Group has around 49,100 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2010 financial year, it achieved sales of EUR 12.9 billion (USD 17.9 billion). The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.