The Awards for Leadership have been established by CM&E to honor individuals for extraordinary contributions in the chemical industry. The CM&E Board identified a pool of nominees with exceptional credentials to match the high selectivity hallmark of ACS NY Section. The CM&E awards are endorsed by the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society with 160,000 members. Funds raised through the Awards for Leadership will help bolster ACS scholarships, National Chemistry Week (K-12) and other science education programs. For more information about CM&E awards, events and sponsorships, please go to www.cmeacs.org.

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 15,000 employees work in approximately 1,100 locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and distribution centers. Airgas also markets 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.

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