June 1, 2014 – Industry News

Chart Increases Base Pricing

Chart Inc.’s Distribution & Storage Group is raising base prices on its U.S.-manufactured atmospheric tanks, packaged gas products and beverage CO2 systems effective for orders placed on or after July 1, 2014. Chart’s product costs have escalated since its last published base price adjustment in May 2012. As a result, base pricing will be increased by 3% for atmospheric tankage and packaged gas products, including beverage bulk CO2. Increases in direct costs linked to a range of raw materials over the past two years have prompted these adjustments. In addition, Chart’s surcharge schedules continue to be adjusted on a monthly basis.

Robert Mohr Gerry

Robert Mohr Gerry

Robert Mohr Gerry Joins Norco as EVP

Robert Mohr Gerry was hired as executive vice president, industrial division at Norco, Inc. Gerry brings 20 years of industrial gas leadership, most recently with Alliance Gas Products and Praxair Distribution, Inc., where he worked in Praxair’s Midwest region as area general sales manager, regional director of branch operations, and regional director of market and sales development.

Airgas to Build New Air Separation Unit in Calvert City, KY

Airgas, Inc. will build an air separation unit to supply tonnage oxygen and nitrogen via pipeline to Westlake Vinyls, a Westlake company, at its expanded Calvert City, KY, manufacturing complex. Airgas’ new large-scale ASU is expected to be on-stream in the spring of 2016 and will also produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon to support expected growth in the region’s merchant bulk gas market.

Airgas’ newest ASU, located in Clarksville, TN, began producing atmospheric gases in May 2013. The company is building a new ASU in Minooka, IL, which is scheduled to be on-stream in the summer of 2015, and recently announced plans to expand its atmospheric gas production capacity in New England by building a second ASU in Bozrah, CT, which is expected to begin production in the fall of 2015.

Airgas currently owns and operates 16 ASUs.

Future Welders Attend AWISCO Trade Show 2014

More than 100 welding students and their teachers from the New York Metro area were the specials guests at AWISCO’s annual Trade Show on May 21. Students from the School of Cooperative Technical Education of New York, Western Suffolk Boces, Sussex County Technical School and Morris County Technical School joined more than 600 AWISCO customers at the annual event. The show featured 60 of AWISCO’s vendor partners exhibiting the latest in welding, cutting, safety and industrial technology. “AWISCO is committed to developing young welding talent and helping to fill the void in welding professionals that our country is experiencing,” says AWISCO President Lloyd Robinson. “Working with local technical schools and supporting the AWS Foundation are just two of the ways that distributors can contribute to the next generation of welders who will also be the next generation of customers.”

In addition to the vendor displays and demonstrations, AWISCO’s guests received the coveted 2014 edition of the AWISCO Tee Shirt and dined on a variety of gourmet foods, fresh popcorn, snacks, beverages and, of course, ice cream.

Molecular Mixology Use is Growing

The case of a Florida grandmother who fell violently ill after drinking a cocktail laced with liquid nitrogen is an extreme example of what can go wrong if it is not used properly. She is suing not only the bar, but the company that provided the liquid nitrogen. Read story here.

Propane Marketers Testify on Last Winter’s Struggles

The propane industry finds itself in a “true energy revolution,” impacted by strong domestic production, record U.S. exports and changing pipeline infrastructure – all affecting inventories, distribution and retailers’ ability to service their customers without interruption. Joe Cordill, president of Cordill Propane Service in Louisiana and former chairman of the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), brought that message to Washington, DC, on May 1 and stated the industry’s case to members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Read the full story as reported in LP Magazine here.