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Airgas and Goodrich Corporation Sign Strategic Account Supply Agreement

Airgas and Goodrich Corporation Sign Strategic Account Supply Agreement

RADNOR, PA – July 21, 2003 -- Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) has signed an agreement with Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR), the Charlotte, NC-based global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace and defense industry. Airgas will be Goodrich’s preferred supplier of industrial gases, welding supplies and safety products, with greater savings to those Goodrich facilities that use more than one product line.

The agreement is part of the Airgas Strategic Accounts program, which provides supply chain management solutions to corporate customers with multiple manufacturing sites nationwide.

“Companies are looking for creative ways to improve efficiency, manage their supply chains and reduce vendors,” said Pat Visintainer, senior vice president, sales for Airgas, Inc. “We have the footprint, the distribution capabilities, the range of products and a proven supply chain management process to deliver results across a customer’s entire enterprise, as we plan to do for Goodrich Corporation.”

“We are always looking for ways to manage our supply chain more effectively across all our divisions,” said John Foulk, director, supply chain management, for Goodrich Corporation. “After having Airgas as our safety supplier for the past few years, we worked together to structure this new agreement to add gases and welding supplies and provide greater savings to Goodrich locations that use more than one product line. This kind of agreement would not be possible without people who provide consistent service and local attention at every facility.”

Strategic Account Managers and teams within Airgas’ 12 regional companies provide the day-to-day service through more than 700 branch locations nationwide. Airgas Strategic Accounts approach combines the company’s purchasing power and integrated supply network to deliver a diverse product portfolio, where and when it is needed.

“Airgas grew Strategic Accounts to more than $225 million last year as more and more major corporations sought to improve their supply chain management,” said Visintainer. “Airgas is committed to offering a solid resource to give customers the best total range of business solutions.”

About Goodrich

Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace and defense industry. If there's an aircraft in the sky - we're on it. Goodrich technology is involved in making aircraft fly ... helping them land ... and keeping them safe. Serving a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities, Goodrich is one of the largest "pure play" aerospace companies in the world. For more information visit http://www.goodrich.com.

About Airgas, Inc.

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, welding, safety and related products. Its integrated network of nearly 800 locations includes branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and distribution centers. Airgas also distributes its products and services through eBusiness, 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.

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Contact Information

Airgas, Inc.
259 N. Radnor-Chester Road
Suite 100
Radnor, PA 19087
tel: (610) 687-5253
fax: (610) 687-1052

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