Danbury, Connecticut-based Praxair Distribution, Inc. has announced the opening of a new store in Warwick, Rhode Island that will meet the growing demand for packaged gases and related products in the area.

The facility will supply industrial and specialty gases as well as hardgoods, including welding equipment and supplies and safety products.

In a statement the company described the ‘opportunity’ that lay ahead in the city. “We see an excellent opportunity to be successful in Warwick and contribute to the growth of its economy,” said John Panikar, President of Praxair Distribution.

“We look forward to serving customers throughout the region who use our industrial gases, equipment, and related services for welding, calibrating lab equipment and other needs.”

The store opening was attended by Mayor Scott Avedisian, who described Praxair as a ‘fantastic addition’ to the community. He explained, “We are pleased to welcome such a highly-respected company like Praxair to Warwick.”

“Warwick’s central location and easy access to the highway, train and T.F. Green Airport make it an ideal place to do business. I am sure Praxair will be a fantastic addition to our community, and we look forward to developing a good working relationship to help them succeed and grow here.”

Meanwhile, parent company Praxair, Inc. has also been busy in recent weeks with the signature of an alliance agreement with Midrex Technologies Inc. to commercialise technology to produce direct reduced iron (DRI) using alternative fuels.

Under the agreement, Praxair and Midrex will develop and market new process technology for the production DRI with a variety of fuels such as coke oven gas. The new process uses an innovative partial oxidation technology to convert hydrocarbon fuels into high quality, high temperature syngas suitable for DRI production.

Midrex and Praxair will perform a demonstration of the new technology at Midrex’s extensive DRI research facilities in Charlotte, North Carolina later this year.