Air Liquide broke ground Wednesday on a new nitrogen
liquefier at its air separation plant in Cleburne, Texas.
The plant expansion will support market growth
and fuel job creation in the region, the company said.
The additional liquefier, scheduled to begin commercial
production in the third quarter of 2012, will enable Air
Liquide to nearly double its supply of industrial gases from
the facility in Cleburne to the Texas and Oklahoma merchant
To support the increased production capacity, Air Liquide
plans to increase its workforce in Cleburne by at least
one-third by hiring as many as 21 permanent employees,
including production technicians and truck drivers, in addition
to approximately 50 workers needed to construct the expansion.
Mark Lostak, president of Air Liquides US operations,
said: The additional capacity further establishes our
market presence as we grow to meet the increasing demands of
merchant customers in Texas and Oklahoma."
Air Liquides air separation plant in Cleburne has been
in operation since January of 1998, producing oxygen, nitrogen
The facility services a variety of market segments including
food & beverage, manufacturing, glass, electronics, oil
& gas, and chemicals.