Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) today announced that Jim McCarthy has been named vice president – safety and compliance, reporting to Mike Molinini, Airgas executive vice president and chief operating officer. McCarthy brings more than 30 years of industry experience to his new role, which includes leadership of SAFECOR, the Airgas organization responsible for developing and implementing the Company’s safety, compliance, environmental, and risk management practices.

McCarthy, who has served as director of gas supply chain for Airgas since 2008, will be responsible for aligning the principles and goals of SAFECOR with the new division structure of Airgas, and for reinforcing the Company’s commitment to the promulgation of safe working and driving practices industry-wide. He will also draw on the experience he gained as regional company president for Sierra Airgas and then Airgas Northern California and Nevada from 1992 until 2008.

“Jim’s leadership qualities and deep understanding of Airgas will serve him well in leading our strong SAFECOR team,” said Molinini. “He has the broad experience necessary to drive further success in an array of responsibilities that includes policy development, training, auditing, regulatory compliance, and oversight of the Airgas Emergency Response Organization.”

Following 11 years of management and sales experience with MG Industries, McCarthy joined Airgas in 1988 as operations manager of the western zone. He was named operations manager of Sierra Airgas shortly thereafter, and then took over as president of Sierra Airgas in 1992. McCarthy has a BS degree in Chemistry from Mount Saint Mary’s University.

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 one of the largest U.S. distributors 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. 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

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