BOC gases are holding a \\$quot;˜ground breaking\\$quot; ceremony for its newest air separation plant in Beloit, Wisconsin on 10 October.

Demand for liquid oxygen and nitrogen in the Midwest has increased steadily over the past few years and has been driven mostly by food processing, combustion and petrochemical applications.

To meet this demand the plant will separate air cryogenically to produce over 700 tons a day of liquid oxygen and nitrogen. The gases will be trucked to hospitals, Food processors, metals and chemicals manufacturers and independent gases distributors in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

The plant is due for completion end 2007.

BOC will provide resource to the regions growing industrial base and will provide 30-40 new jobs, a majority being for truck drivers.

Earl Lawson, vice president, Midwest region, BOC,said; "BOC is investing for growth where the market conditions are right. This year will be our largest plant in Wisconsin and is the second air separation plant we have begun building this year in the US. It is part of our nationwide network of air separation plants located around the country, from which we serve customers ranging in size from small family businesses to multi billion dollar corporations."