BOC has opened its sleep centre in London’s Harley Street, Air Liquide has invested in the research of neurological diseases, and now, Airgas has offered its fourth donation to Operation Homefront – a nonprofit military charity.

After announcing encouraging first quarter fiscal results, the North American industrial gases firm, Airgas, Inc. has extended its commitment to Operation Homefront, a charity that supports America’s service members by providing emergency assistance and support to families of deployed service members and those returning home wounded.

Airgas presented Operation Homefront with a $100,000 donation at the firm’s Radnor, Pennsylvania headquarters.

Peter McCausland, Airgas Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our military service members make enormous sacrifices in carrying out their duties. Operation Homefront helps meet the needs of the military community during times of difficulty, and Airgas is proud to join in providing vital aid to those who have given so much to their country.”

$quot;One of the outstanding qualities of our company is the generosity of Airgas associates, who regularly give back to the communities where they work and live,$quot; continued McCausland. $quot;Since our partnership with Operation Homefront began, our associates have volunteered at scores of local chapter events across the country, and we look forward to continuing the Airgas charitable tradition with our friends at Operation Homefront over the next year.$quot;

The industrial gas firm began its relationship with the non-profit agency in 2008, pledging $300,000 to be donated in increments of $100,000 each year over three years, with 70% going toward Operation Homefront's projects to assist wounded soldiers.

At the time, Airgas also set a goal of hiring 100 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan service, and exceeded the goal during the third year of its commitment. The Company continues to actively recruit veterans for positions throughout the organisation and will also continue to offer the Airgas $quot;Welding 101$quot; course to any veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan service who is interested in exploring a career in welding.