Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) today announced that it has been recognized as
a Supplier of the Year by the Boeing Company. Airgas was one of the 14
companies and two academic institutions honored for distinguished
performance in working with Boeing.
Airgas was selected as one of five Leader's Choice recipients that
received special nomination, which is necessary in achieving this
recognition. Boeing recognized Airgas in the Advantage category for
exceeding cost performance goals and objectives in supplying safety
products during 2011.
"In today's challenging business environment, an agile supply chain that
continuously delivers excellent performance is critical," said Jack
House, Vice President of Supplier Management for Boeing Defense, Space
and Security and leader of Boeing's companywide Supplier Management
program. "The supplier partners receiving 2011 Supplier of the Year
awards have demonstrated outstanding commitment to providing our
customers with the best-value, highest-quality products and services,
while meeting the customers' requirements and anticipating their needs
for the future."
"For over twenty years, our commitment to understanding Boeing's
business goals has enabled Airgas to provide aggressive cost savings,
proactive implementation and on-site team oriented problem solving, and
we are honored to have received this award in recognition of our efforts
in supplying safety products," said Airgas Chief Executive Officer Peter
McCausland. "Airgas is a complete solutions provider and has taken a
partner approach to supplying personal safety products, packaged and
bulk gases, and welding consumables as well as supply chain solutions to
meet Boeing's unique needs."
In addition to the 2011 Supplier of the Year, Advantage category award,
Airgas West received a Silver Performance Excellence award in 2010 and
2009; Airgas Safety received a Gold Performance Excellence award in
2008; and Airgas Inc. received a Supplier of the Year, Non-Production
category award in 2001.
"The Boeing Company sets a high bar in expectations relative to quality
and supply change challenges," said Fred Manley, Airgas Vice President
of Technology and Service Markets. "As we do with all our customers,
Airgas works to exceed expectations at every turn. Our focus is to go
beyond what is asked, constantly striving to improve efficiency and
production processes, so Boeing can continue to operate cost effectively
and without delay. The quality of our work can only be measured by
customer feedback and to be awarded Boeing's Supplier of the Year award
is proof that we are doing it right."
The winners of Boeing's Suppliers of the Year awards represent an elite
group among more than 17,500 active suppliers in more than 50 countries
around the world. The selection of the Leader's Choice category
recipients was based on performance criteria such as providing
competitive advantage, exceeding cost performance, outstanding
improvements during the award year and contribution to the introduction
of new products. For more information on the Boeing Supplier of the Year
award, including a complete list of recipients, visit http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=2227.
About Airgas, Inc.
Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is the largest U.S.
distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods,
such as welding equipment and supplies. Airgas is also a leading U.S.
producer of atmospheric gases, carbon dioxide, dry ice, and nitrous
oxide, one of the largest U.S. distributors of safety products, and a
leading U.S. distributor of refrigerants, ammonia products, and process
chemicals. More than 14,000 employees work in approximately 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 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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