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Goodrich sticks with Airgas
Originally published:  01/03/2010
Airgas has had its supply agreement with Goodrich, a global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace, defence and homeland security industries, extended for a further two years. As a result, it will continue to be Goodrich’s preferred supplier of industrial gases, welding supplies and safety products. The agreement is part of the Airgas Strategic Accounts programme, which provides supply chain management options to corporate customers with multiple manufacturing sites nationwide. “We’re very happy to be able to continue to help Goodrich find creative ways to improve their operations through greater supply chain efficiency and real cost savings,” says Pat Visintainer, Airgas senior vicepresident, corporate accounts. “We’ve proven we have the footprint, distribution capabilities as well as product and service expertise to effectively support its facilities. We will continue to deliver the results Goodrich expects.”
Strategic Account managers and teams within Airgas’ 12 regional companies provide day-to-day service through more than 850 branch locations nationwide. Airgas’s 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, the company says. “Airgas grew Strategic Accounts to more than $660m last year as more and more major corporations sought to improve their supply chain management,” Visintainer continues. “Airgas is committed to offering a solid resource to give customers the best total range of business solutions.”
Meanwhile, Airgas has unveiled plans to have 400 to 500 diesel-engine trucks with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology in its fleet by the end of the year. Airgas maintains one of the largest truck fleets in the US and will use its own recentlylaunched Airgas AiRxTM Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) in the SCR-equipped trucks. “For us, SCR technology is the right choice as we can reduce each vehicle’s NOx emissions by as much as 90 per cent. We’re also expecting to increase fuel economy by 5 per cent,” says Tuffy Baum, Airgas national fleet manager.