Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, today announced that it has earned recognition as a Global Supplier of Excellence for 2013 by Eastman Chemical Company, a Tennessee-based specialty chemical company. The recognition is Eastman’s highest supplier rating and is awarded to 21 of the company’s top suppliers from around the world. Airgas was selected from Eastman’s more than 6,500 global suppliers to receive the recognition for consistently delivering high quality products and services and proven dedication to strengthening Eastman’s efficiencies and competitive advantage. Airgas supplies Eastman with a wide range of industrial, specialty, and bulk gases as well as hardgoods related to welding and cutting. These products are used in the company’s chemical services throughout the U.S., including scientific testing, maintenance, process component fabrication, and instrument calibration. “Of Eastman’s many suppliers from around the world, Airgas has earned the status assigned to our top, most valued suppliers,” said Willie Frye, Global Sourcing Manager for Eastman. “Eastman thanks Airgas for their excellent service to help Eastman continue to be competitive in today’s marketplace. Airgas is truly a valued partner and we congratulate them on being named a Global Supplier of Excellence.” “We are honored to be named an Eastman Global Supplier of Excellence for 2013,” said Airgas President and Chief Executive Officer Michael L. Molinini. “Our associates dedicate themselves to helping our customers achieve excellence in product and operations, and it’s very satisfying to be recognized for our efforts. We look forward to our continued successful partnership with Eastman.” Airgas associates accepted the honor during a ceremony on July 16 in Kingsport, TN. 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 www.airgas.com.