Airgas Inc. today announced that J. Samuel Thompson has been named President of Airgas Northern California and Nevada, one of the regional companies that make up Airgas’ distribution business.

As president, Thompson leads a region, headquartered in Sacramento that includes about 600 associates working in more than 45 locations in Northern California and Northern Nevada. Thompson, who had been an area vice president for another region, Airgas South, replaces Jim McCarthy, who has joined the corporate Distribution Operations department in a new role as director of gas supply chain for the Western Division.

Max Hooper, Western Division President for Airgas Inc, who oversees six regional companies, said, “Sam’s tremendous results at Airgas South, his 33 years of industry experience, and his reputation as a great communicator and leader among his colleagues all made Sam the right choice to replace Jim as he moves to his new role. We thank Jim for his leadership of the region for the past 15 years.”

Airgas Inc. has also recently announced that the Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share, payable 30th June 30 2008 to shareholders of record as of 12th June 2008.