Murray Hill, New Jersey, U.S. September 22, 2008 -– Linde North America will hold a grand opening celebration on October 1 for its newest air separation plant, located in Beloit, Wisconsin.
Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group, a leading gases and engineering company. The Beloit plant separates air cryogenically to produce over 700 tons a day of liquid oxygen and nitrogen. The oxygen and nitrogen is then trucked to hospitals, food processors, metals and chemicals manufacturers and independent gases distributors in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.
Media are invited to attend the event, which will begin at 10 a.m. with plant tours and cryogenic demonstrations. Opening ceremonies, including a ribbon cutting, will start at 11 a.m. Linde’s plant is located at 4220 South Walters Road in Beloit.
This is Linde’s largest plant in Wisconsin, employing some 30 people. Linde has a nationwide network of air separation plants from which it serves customers ranging in size from small family businesses to multi-billion dollar corporations.
Pat Murphy, president of Linde North America, said, "Linde is investing for growth where the market conditions are right. We’ve seen excellent growth in Wisconsin and in the greater Chicago area and this plant enables us to move closer to our customers.”
John MacRitchie, Midwest market vice president, Linde North America, says Linde worked closely with representatives from the local community, such as the Greater Beloit Economic Development Corporation, to select a suitable location for the plant.
“This is a terrific expansion for Linde. We believe it represents the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between our company and the people of Beloit and of Rock County. We look forward to many years of safe and productive operations and hope our locating here brings as much value to local residents as we expect it to do for us,” MacRitchie said.
The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company with more than 50,000 employees working in around 100 countries worldwide. In the 2007 financial year it achieved sales of EUR 12.3 billion (USD 18.7 billion). The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards earnings-based and sustainable 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. For more information, see The Linde Group web site at www.linde.com
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