BOC will be helping its employees and other victims of the hurricane Katrina to rebuild their houses, businesses and lives.

The industrial gas giant and its employees around the world are contributing nearly $200,000 to the American Red Cross and to a special employee assistance fund to provide food, shelter, clothing, medical attention and financial help to those affected by the storm.

A BOC spokesman said: \\$quot;Thankfully, all of BOC's employees escaped serious injury, but many suffered substantial property damage. We continue to send our thoughts, prayers and assistance to the many victims of the storm.”

In Louisiana, BOC operates a depot in Gonzalez, an air separation unit in Baton Rouge and several on-site oxygen and nitrogen plants. BOC also operates carbon dioxide plants in Brandon and Sand Hill, Mississippi and in Cherokee, Alabama. Those operations have returned to normal, with the exception of an on-site plant in an area near New Orleans that experienced heavy flooding.

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