Messer has announced a $38m investment to build a new, large-scale air separation unit (ASU) in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Source: Messer

The state-of-the-art plant, located at 1045 Harding Court and slated for completion in the first quarter of 2021, will produce life-saving gases for hospitals and essential raw materials for manufacturers across Indiana and the Midwestern US.

gasworld understands the new ASU will be capable of producing up to 500 tonnes per day (tpd) of liquid atmospheric products depending on the operating environments and Messer’s customer requirements.

“This investment underscores Messer’s commitment to strategic US expansion to meet growing market demand,” said Jens Luehring, President and CEO, Messer Americas.

“We chose to invest in Indianapolis, Indiana due to its strong pro-business climate and optimal proximity to customers. Messer aims to become the premier supplier of choice for industrial, medical and specialty products in the Americas, providing innovative solutions for our customers with excellent speed to market and reliability. This investment directly supports that mission and strengthens our presence in the Midwest.”

Messer currently operates six sites in Indiana and employs approximately 90 people in the state. This new investment in Indianapolis is anticipated to create 23 new, permanent jobs by the end of 2021. Messer also estimates that 60 to 80 temporary local jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project.

The ASU will produce medical and industrial gases for several industries – delivered direct or through Messer’s trusted distributor network – that are vital to the local and regional economy, including: healthcare, chemical, food processing, welding, glass and metal fabrication.

“In Indiana, we have a rich tradition of making safe, reliable and innovative products that help power the world,” said Elaine Bedel, President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).

“We’re home to the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the nation, and an unmatched supply chain, skilled workforce and pro-growth business climate that allows global companies like Messer to grow and thrive. We’re grateful for the company’s commitment to our state and look forward to Messer’s future impact in central Indiana as the company creates even more quality career opportunities for Hoosiers.”