Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc., the US subsidiary of Japan’s Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC), recently commenced operations at its helium transfilling facility located in Irwindale, California.

In addition to supplying bulk gaseous helium and liquid helium to end user customers and distributors in the Southern California market, the transfill serves as Matheson Tri-Gas’ export hub for bulk liquid helium shipments to Japan and other Asian markets.

A second Matheson Tri-Gas transfill facility located in the city of Newark, California is also nearing completion, with construction completed and the commissioning process scheduled to begin shortly.

The company expects the Newark transfill to begin commercial operations by mid-November 2008 and be capable of supplying bulk gaseous helium and liquid helium to end user customers and distributors, primarily in the Northern California market.

According to John Bigham, Director of Product Management and Global Logistics for Matheson Tri-Gas Global Helium, “Matheson Tri-Gas is excited about the opening of our new California helium transfills. These are both state of the art facilities which demonstrate Matheson Tri-Gas’ commitment to expanding our US helium supply network.”

Matheson Tri-Gas is also building a new helium plant that will be located in Big Piney, WY in a joint venture with Air Products and Chemicals. The Wyoming plant, which is expected to start-up in 2010, will have initial production capacity of 200 million cubic feet of liquid helium per year.

As one of only six industrial gas companies in the world who have direct access to sources of helium, Matheson Tri-Gas currently has access to supply from three of the world’s fourteen helium sources and operates a global network of fourteen helium transfills.