Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) today announced that William “Bill” Sanborn has been named president of the Airgas Northern Pacific (Nor Pac) region, reporting to Max Hooper, Airgas Western Division president. Sanborn replaces Edward Richards, who has taken another position within Airgas.
Bill Sanborn, Airgas Nor Pac Region President (Photo: Airgas, Inc.)Sanborn recently served the Airgas North Central region as area vice president for Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula area of Michigan. He began his work career in 1975 as a Navy SEAL in air operations, intelligence, and as a master instructor. Sanborn left the military and began working for Boise Cascade Office Products in 1990 where he spent the next 12 years in progressively more responsible sales positions, including account executive and district sales manager positions. Following his tenure with Boise Cascade, Sanborn moved to Grainger Industrial Supply as district sales manager in 2002 and then joined Airgas in 2004 as a division sales manager for the North Central region. Sanborn was promoted to area vice president of the North Central region in 2009 and in 2012 he received the Airgas AVP of the Year award. He holds a BA degree and an MBA from National University. “Bill has had an exemplary career with Airgas in our North Central region, managing the largest area within that region,” said Hooper. “He consistently achieved top safety and business results, posting the highest growth rates in that region. I’m confident that under his leadership the Nor Pac region can generate similar results.” 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.