Air Products has announced plans to expand its industrial gas production facilities at both its Ashland, Kentucky., and Reidsville, North Carolina facilities say online news services.

The expansions are reported to be a response to increasing market demand from industrial gas customers in these regions.

The Reidsville facility, operating since 1967, will expand production capacity by nearly 400 tons per day (TPD) and will be on stream in the second quarter of 2008. The Ashland facility, in operation since 1963 and previously expanded in 1990, will increase production by approximately 450 TPD and will be on stream during the third quarter of 2008.

These facilities serve customers in markets across Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.