Messer will invest approximately $50m in a new air separation unit (ASU) located in McGregor, Texas, that will be powered by an onsite solar panel array.

Marking the firm’s first plant to be powered be a co-located renewable energy source, the site will produce gases to support a variety of industries including aerospace, chemical, electronics, food and beverage as well as healthcare, metals and oil and gas.

The site is set for completion in the second quarter of 2024, when it will showcase exactly what can be achieved with renewable energies in the industrial gases space.

Jens Luehring, President and CEO at Messer Americas, said, “With our expansion in Texas and the inclusion of solar energy, Messer is focused on sustainability and environmental protection.”

“As we move to a renewable-based future, this investment is integral to our green energy initiatives as we continue to serve our customers with a reliable source of supply.”

Messer’s expansion plans have also been recognised by Jim Hering, the City of McGregor’s Mayor. On the news, Hering said, “On behalf of the City of McGregor, we are excited to welcome Messer to our community.”

“Over the years, as we have developed our Industrial Park, we have become highly selective in what types of people and industries we want to attract and invest our future in. Messer checks all of the boxes. They bring cutting edge technology, high quality jobs, and most importantly, first class people. We look forward to our future together.”