Airgas, Inc. announced today that Red-D-Arc Welderentals, an Airgas company, has expanded its European presence by recently opening a retail location in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, the first Red-D-Arc location in the country.

The new German facility offers Red-D-Arc’s full line of welding positioners, manipulators, turning rolls, and other weld automation products for sale and lease, as well as a range of Red-D-Arc welding products and equipment for both long-term and short-term rentals. In addition to offering Red-D-Arc’s standard line of weld automation products, Red-D-Arc’s associates can provide full-service design and fabrication of turn-key weld automation packages that can be tailored to specific customer needs.

“Our new location in Gelsenkirchen will enable us to provide our growing German customer base - including Germany’s thriving metal fabrication and manufacturing markets - with enhanced service and product offerings,” said Mitch Imielinski, President of Red-D-Arc Welderentals.

Red-D-Arc’s new German facility is located at Asbeckstraße 19, 45883 Gelsenkirchen and expands Red-D-Arc’s international presence to nine total countries, including in the US, Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, France, and the United Arab Emirates.

About Red-D-Arc Welderentals

Red-D-Arc Welderentals™, an Airgas company, is the largest provider of welding and welding-related rental products and services in North America, with over 60,000 welders, 3,700 weld positioning and weld automation products, and over 1,600 electric power generators in their fleet. Started in 1955, Red-D-Arc became an Airgas company in 1995 and currently offers rental welding-equipment through over 70 service centers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East, as well as through Airgas Construction Stores, and a dealer network that includes the Caribbean, the Middle East, Kazakhstan, and Australia.

About Airgas, Inc.

Airgas, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a leading US supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and related products. Airgas is also 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 associates 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 e-Business, catalog and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong local presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base.