RADNOR, Pa.--Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), one of the nation's leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, today announced the reorganization of its South distribution region, effective May 1, 2016, into two separate regions within the Company’s South Division ― a redefined South Region, headquartered in Tampa, FL, and a new Southeast Region, headquartered in Kennesaw, GA.
“We remain committed to cultivating growth in local markets across the U.S. and continue to align our resources to enhance our competitive position,” said Michael L. Molinini, Airgas President and Chief Executive Officer. “By reorganizing our South Region, we will be able to capitalize on long-term growth prospects and enhance our ability to win in what is already one of the largest industrial gas markets in the U.S.”
“Through both solid organic growth and acquisitions, the South Region has grown tremendously over the past several years, making it one of Airgas’ largest regions,” said John F. Sheehan, President of Airgas’ South Division. “This reorganization reinforces Airgas’ commitment to an operating model where decisions are made as close to our customers as possible.”
Kevin McBride, who has successfully led the South Region’s growth as President since 2014, has been named President of the new Southeast Region, which will cover northern Georgia, northern Alabama, Mississippi, and southern Tennessee. Under McBride’s leadership, the legacy South Region has consistently earned recognition as one of Airgas’ strongest performing distribution regions.
Edwin Robertson, who has served as an Area Vice President in the South Region since 2007, has been named President of the new South Region.
Robertson’s industry experience includes leadership with Dennis Welding Supply and Robertson Welders and Contractors Supply.
“Edwin brings proven leadership experience and success at Airgas to his new role,” said Sheehan. “He understands that speed-to-market, superior customer service, and leveraging the full scope of Airgas’ product and service offerings are keys to success. I am confident that he will continue his success as he advances into his new role.”
The redefined South Region will cover Florida, southern Georgia, southern Alabama, and southern Mississippi.
About Airgas, Inc.
Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and related products. Airgas is a leading U.S. producer of atmospheric gases with 16 air separation plants, a leading producer of carbon dioxide, dry ice, and nitrous oxide, one of the largest U.S. suppliers of safety products, and a leading U.S. supplier of refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals. Approximately 17,000 associates work in more than 1,100 locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and distribution centers. Airgas also markets its products and services through e-Business, catalog and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong local presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base. For more information, please visit www.airgas.com.