Murray Hill and New Providence, New Jersey, U.S., 14 December 2011 – Linde in North America is moving closer to its customers in the southern U.S. by investing in a new air separation plant in Lewisville, Arkansas. Linde will build a 470 ton-per-day plant that will produce liquid nitrogen and oxygen to meet rapidly growing demand in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.
Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company.
"This new plant will give us the size and operating efficiencies we need to support our top customers, who have seen great expansion in their own businesses and who are poised for even more growth in the future," said Pat Murphy, president, Linde North America.
"The plant's capacity will complement production from our Terrell, Texas, plant, and strengthen our entire supply capability throughout the south," Murphy said.
Construction is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2012. The plant, which will employ 24 people, is expected to begin operating by the fourth quarter of 2013.
"Linde is bringing production capacity closer to our customers so we can improve their supply security and reduce our own carbon footprint. Developing environmental solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions is part of Linde's commitment to sustainability," Murphy said.
The plant, which will be designed and constructed by Linde’s Engineering Division, will use the least amount of electricity possible in order to produce the gases. Linde also will require less fuel for its delivery trucks, since the plant will be located closer to customers.
The gases produced at the plant will be delivered by tanker truck to customers ranging from manufacturers of chemicals and petroleum products to food processors, metal fabricators and healthcare providers.
About The Linde Group
The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 50,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2010 financial year, it achieved sales of EUR 12.9 billion (USD 17.9 billion). The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services.
Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
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