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Airgas Names Matthew B. Whitton President – Airgas Northern California & Nevada Region

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Airgas, Inc. (NYSE:ARG) , one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, today announced that Matthew B. Whitton has been named President – Airgas Northern California & Nevada (NCN) Region, reporting to Douglas Jones, President – Airgas West Division.

“Matt brings to his new role more than 15 years of proven leadership experience and a track record of success at Airgas, most recently as Area Vice President in our West Region’s Los Angeles area,” said Jones. “He has successfully developed Airgas’ value proposition and grown sales in the critical Los Angeles market. I’m confident that he will continue his success as he advances into his role as President of the NCN region.”

Since 2009, Whitton has served as Area Vice President of the north and east Los Angeles area in the Airgas West Region with responsibility for the area’s financial, operational, and safety performance. Prior to that, he served in the West Region as Vice President – Gases for two years and Regional Director – Safety Sales also for two years, and for one year as National Sales Effectiveness Manager, assessing and implementing Company-wide sales force tools and strategies. He joined Airgas in 1999 as a District Manager in the West Region.

Prior to Airgas, Whitton spent ten years with BOC Gases as a Distribution Sales Manager in City of Industry, CA. Whitton holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from University of Redlands in Redlands, CA.

The Airgas NCN Region serves Northern California and Nevada through more than 40 locations and a fleet of nearly 200 vehicles.

About Airgas, Inc.

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE:ARG) , through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and related products. Airgas is a leading U.S. producer of atmospheric gases with 16 air separation plants, a leading producer of carbon dioxide, dry ice, and nitrous oxide, one of the largest U.S. suppliers of safety products, and a leading U.S. supplier of refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals. More than 16,000 associates work in approximately 1,100 locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and distribution centers. Airgas also markets its products and services through e-Business, 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

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