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Falls Supervisors Help Create 25 New Local Jobs

The Falls Township Supervisors set the wheels in motion for the creation of 25 new, clean jobs at an 8.77-acre site situated at the Keystone Industrial Port Complex.

Airgas, which is headquartered in Radnor and operates more than 40 locations and employs more than 1,200 people in the greater Philadelphia area, is looking to expand its operations in Falls. Following a presentation and thorough review, the governing body voted unanimously to grant approval of a minor subdivision, as well as preliminary and final land development to Airgas.

An Airgas representative said the company, which has more than 1 million customers in the U.S., plans to construct an air separation plant on a portion of the former U.S. Steel property. The clean industrial process enhances the reliability of oxygen supplied to hospitals. It uses ambient air and has no emissions, or hazardous or residual waste.

Airgas manufactures oxygen, nitrogen and argon. Nitrogen serves customers in electronics, metal fabrication and works as a preserving agent to quickly freeze food. Argon is used primarily for welding.

All the products produced are fed through a short pipe rack to storage tanks, where materials serve as inventory for tractor trailers, which are used to distribute to various customers. The double wall tanks prevent leaks. In the event that any of the gases leak, “it goes right back where it came from - the air,” an official told the Supervisors.

Airgas is awaiting a permit from the Department of Environmental Protection, which officials said should be approved by mid-November.

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