By Nick Gilbert
Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. has celebrated the start up of a new air separation unit (ASU) at its facility located in Geismar, Louisiana, with a ribbon cutting function on June 14, 2012.
Air Liquide’s new ASU manufactures high purity nitrogen, oxygen and argon for clients along the company’s Mississippi River Pipeline System and for variety of industries such as healthcare, chemicals, metal, oil refining and much more. The new manufacturing unit has expanded the facility’s production capacity, facilitating the company to broaden its customer base in addition to helping in the economic development and industrial growth in Louisiana.
Participants attended the ribbon cutting ceremony included representatives of the offices of U.S. Senator David Vitter and U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu; the Honorable Jean Claude Brunet of the French Consulate in New Orleans; representatives from the Ascension Parish Economic Development; representatives from the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce; Richard Webre, Director of the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; Tommy Martinez, Ascension Parish President; a representative from the Louisiana Economic Development office; and several Air Liquide customers.
Air Liquide Large Industries U.S.’ President, Roger Perreault stated that this day is special for the company as it celebrated the launch of its third air separation unit at its Geismar facility. Louisiana is highly significant to the company, which has invested over $125 million in southeast Louisiana since 2010.