Airgas, Inc. has announced that beginning July 1, 2013, or as contracts permit, its operating units will increase prices on bulk and packaged industrial, medical, and specialty gases 6 - 12% on average and on helium and argon 10 - 15%.

Welding hardgoods and safety products prices will increase by 3 - 6%, and delivery and other service fees will also be adjusted. Cylinder and bulk tank rental rates will increase 6 - 12% effective June 1, 2013, or as contracts permit. Some price adjustments may be outside of these ranges based on specific market conditions.

“We are responding to rising costs on multiple fronts, including product costs, labour and benefits, and regulatory compliance. Further, lingering imbalances in supply and demand for some products are driving up production and distribution expense, while natural gas and power costs have begun to rise again,” said Airgas President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Molinini. “We continue to mitigate rising costs by investing in our infrastructure and technologies in order to more efficiently serve our customers and further ensure the unmatched reliability of our supply chain and safety practices.” 

About Airgas, Inc.
Airgas, Inc, through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and related products. Airgas is a leading US producer of atmospheric gases with 16 air separation plants, a leading producer of carbon dioxide, dry ice, and nitrous oxide, one of the largest US suppliers of safety products, and a leading US supplier of refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals.

More than 15,000 employees work in approximately 1,100 locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and distribution centers. Airgas also markets its products and services through eBusiness, catalog and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong local presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base.