Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) today announced that it has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2013 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating. Airgas, headquartered in Radnor, PA, was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. “We are honored to be recognized with Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating for 2013,” said Airgas President and Chief Executive Officer Michael L. Molinini. “Airgas associates across many locations and disciplines are instrumental in creating value for our customers every day, and this recognition by Deere is a testament to Airgas’ customer-centric approach to business.” Airgas associates accepted the honor during formal ceremonies held on February 18 th in Davenport, IA. Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement. 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 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 www.airgas.com.