Airgas has announced it has signed a supply agreement with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).

CWRU, a private university located in Cleveland, Ohio, is continually ranked among the country’s top research universities.
Airgas will provide specialty gases and equipment to more than 600 CWRU laboratories, as well as industrial gases to other areas within CWRU.

The seven-year agreement, with estimated annual sales of $1m, was facilitated by Airgas’ and CWRU’s affiliation with E&I Cooperative Purchasing. Airgas has a national competitively awarded supplier contract with E&I.

“We are very happy with this supply agreement and the opportunity to help Case Western Reserve realize significant cost efficiencies through more effective supply chain management,” said Todd Morris, Airgas Director for Laboratory Markets.

“We have already transitioned more than 2,000 gas cylinders and realized a 20% inventory reduction from CWRU’s previous long-term supplier. We are putting our OUTLOOK® Managed Services and AIM™ (Airgas Inventory Management) programs in place, complete with an onsite Airgas account manager, so we can deliver the personalized attention CWRU deserves.”

“With this agreement Airgas and Case Western Reserve are committed to working together to make our gas and equipment procurement process highly efficient and more cost effective,” said Laura Artwell, Case Western Reserve University Director of Procurement and Distribution Services.

“Keeping our laboratories and other university areas efficiently supplied with the right materials can be a challenge. With help from Airgas we’ll develop a customized e-Business solution using SmartCART, Case Western Reserve University’s newest procurement tool that will increase procurement efficiency for the end user. We’re confident Airgas will meet our unique needs.”

Airgas has developed a strategic organisation focusing on specific market segments in order to fully understand customer challenges and provide custom-tailored solutions.

Airgas market segment leaders work with account managers and teams within 12 Airgas regional organisations and more than 850 branch locations nationwide to provide the right solutions for a broad array of industries.

The Airgas laboratories group, Airgas Great Lakes, and an onsite Airgas account manager work with Case Western Reserve University.