Linde LLC has revealed the location of its new, large-scale air separation unit (ASU).

After first announcing plans to invest around $40m in added manufacturing capacity for Southern US states back in June last year, Linde has disclosed that the new facility will be located in Adel, Georgia.

The company said it chose Georgia as the location based on its proximity to its customers and the “strong, pro-business environment” in Cook County and Adel city.

The industrial gas giant announced that it will soon break ground on the state-of-the-art plant, which will bolster Linde’s presence in the Southeast area of the US by adding capacity to support its medium and long-term growth of key accounts and industries in the region.

The plant will produce liquid atmospheric gas products for use by hospitals, healthcare providers, food processors, glass manufacturers, metal fabricators and independent welding and gases distributors. It is due to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2019.

Pat Murphy, President of Linde Americas, underlined, “Linde remains committed to serving the needs of our customers and to grow in the Americas. This new, large-scale ASU will strengthen Linde’s presence in Southeast US, where we are number one among industrial gases producers.”

“Extending our strong merchant gases supply network farther south will also increase our ability to reliably satisfy our customers’ current and future requirements.”

The Tier One corporation has been expanding in the Southeast market for several years, supplying gas products to customers from its plants in Cartersville, Georgia, and Aiken, South Carolina.

James Barr, Senior Business Analyst for gasworld Business Intelligence, highlighted that the Southeastern industrial gases market was worth approximately $4.7bn in 2015, down slightly on 2014 by approximately 1%. ”With the impending Praxair/Linde merger, the Southeast region of the US is highly likely to come under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commision (FTC) in the coming months due to the amount of overlap in production between to two companies,” Barr stressed.