Plans are emerging for a potential new Airgas facility in North Carolina, with the company understood to be reviewing its options in the state.

As part of a presentation to the Alamance County Board of Commissioners, Airgas discussed plans to build an air separation unit, large storage facilities and also a distribution terminal. 

The company told the board it sees North Carolina as a growing market and it has no similar facilities in this state.

The county said it will offer Airgas a $470,000 economic development incentive if it does choose Mebane as its first North Carolina location to separate air into three component gases for sale.

gasworld understands no decision has yet be made and no further details are available. However, Airgas has reportedly confirmed that it plans to bring dozens of new jobs to Alamance County in North Carolina by 2020.

Airgas said it would invest $47m in the area and have openings for at least 35 new jobs, according to the county’s Twitter account. The jobs would have salaries averaging $79,286.

According to gasworld Business Intelligence, Airgas currently operates three merchant air separation units across Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia.

Airgas to build new ASU in North Carolina