July 1, 2015 – Member News

Merger of Arcet and Machine & Welding Supply Finalized

Arcet Equipment Co. of Richmond, VA, and Machine & Welding Supply Co. of Dunn, NC, formally updated their names and brands to Arc3 Gases on June 15. The two longstanding, independent industrial gas and welding supply distributors merged in October 2013. Arc3 Gases, with over 50 storefronts, serves industrial markets in Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia. Its beverage carbonation services network extends from Delaware to Florida.

Air Products Turns Shale Gas into Hydrogen

Global Tungsten & Powders Corp. opened a plant in Towanda, NY, to make hydrogen gas from low-cost Marcellus Shale natural gas. The addition uses water and methane, which is the primary component of natural gas, to make hydrogen gas, according to officials from Air Products, which built the addition. The water that is used to make the hydrogen gas is in the form of steam. The plant is one of the United States’ largest users of liquid hydrogen, which until now has had to be trucked to the plant and then decompressed into hydrogen gas, which is the form of hydrogen that is used in the plant’s industrial operations. Read full story.

Praxair to Build ASU for Detroit Demand

Praxair, Inc. will build a new air separation unit (ASU) supporting its Detroit, MI, area pipeline system to meet the growing demand for industrial gases from customers in the region as well as rare gas customers worldwide. The 1,650 tons-per-day plant will begin operations in 2017. The plant will also produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen, argon and rare gases for use by hospitals, food processors and industrial companies supplying the automobile industry. “We understand that efficient and reliable supply of industrial gases to our customers’ operations in the area is critical to their success and our expanded capacity will continue to help us meet growing customer needs,” says Joe Abdoo, central region vice president of Praxair’s U.S. industrial gases business. Praxair operates the only air separation plant and pipeline system in Michigan, including five ASUs and a hydrogen production facility. The complex supplies pipeline customers from Southwest Detroit to Dearborn as well as merchant customers throughout Eastern Michigan and Northwestern Ohio.

Matheson Earns Certified Wildlife Habitat Recognition

Matheson’s New Johnsonville, TN, facility has created an official Certified Wildlife Habitat that is recognized by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), a program that celebrates efforts to create and improve wildlife habitats with sustainable natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young. Nestled in rural Tennessee, the New Johnsonville production facility is part of a large natural ecosystem that boasts environmental safeguards and technology for emission control and abatement. The world class facility performs cylinder prep, specialty gas manufacturing, blending, purification, filling and distribution. As part of a 2010 facility expansion, the plant re-routed a 2,000-ft. section of Little Dry Creek, a tributary to the Tennessee River. The facility also created wetland areas for storm water runoff. The work was performed with oversight from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. A stream restoration contractor designed and oversaw the creation of the re-routed stream, and native trees and vegetation were planted in the riparian area. The area was monitored by a biologist for five years to ensure that the stream was recovering from the relocation. The New Johnsonville facility’s natural habitat area meets NWF requirements by providing seeds, nuts, berries, sap, foliage and pollen, and the stream running through the property provides a water source for a variety of birds, mammals, fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians.