Airgas has announced the appointment of Terry L. Lodge as president of Airgas Mid South, one of the company’s regional company’s regional distribution businesses, after serving as acting president since Mike Duvall’s retirement on 1st October.

As president, Lodge will be responsible for leading a region that includes almost 900 associates in more than 70 locations such as Oklahoma, Arkansas, western Missouri, northern Louisiana and northwest Mississippi.

Max Hooper, western division president for Airgas Inc, oversees 6 regional companies and commented, “Terry’s more than 25 years of operational leadership, his thorough knowledge of the distribution business, and specifically the Mid South region as a native Oklahoman, will help us succeed.”

Meanwhile it has also been revealed that Airgas executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) Micheal Molinini will speak at the Baird 2007 Industrial Conference in Chicago on 6th November.

Presentation slides will be available on the morning of the conference and a live webcast or replay of the event will be accessible until 7th December at www.shareholder.com/arg/medialist.cfm .