Airgas Inc., one of the country's largest suppliers of gases and industrial equipment, announced plans Wednesday to build a second plant in Bozrah to separate oxygen, nitrogen and argon from the atmosphere for hospitals, laboratories and high-tech firms.
"The market for atmospheric gases is expected to continue to grow in New England," the company's chief executive, Michael L. Molinini, said in a written statement.
"Now is the right time to add to our production capabilities in order to meet the growing merchant gas needs of our current and future customers in the region."
Expected to begin production in the fall of 2015, the plant will add more than 600 tons per day to the company's production site in Bozrah, which already produces about 1,000 tons daily. The company has also commissioned plants in Tennessee and Illinois.
The company has 16 air separation plants and posted overall revenues of $5 billion in the last fiscal year, which ended in March. It has 15,000 employees in 1,100 locations.
Tom Thoman, president of the company's gases division, said the new plant will operate alongside the existing one in Bozrah. "This will not only substantially increase our presence in the region but also enhance the security of our supply by having dual production facilities," he said.