Linde North America has completed its new specialty gases plant
in Hammond, Indiana, the company said on
The plant, representing a significant investment, complements
the current industrial and medical gas filling facilities and distribution
activities in operation at the site.
The new plant produces medical, oxidizing, inert gases and
blends along with specialty gas mixtures for scientific and
research applications. These products are intended for both
domestic and international markets.
"This plant is right in line with our goal to be a total
gas supplier and reinforces our commitment to Linde's
independent distributor network, which will have the
ability to serve high quality products to a broad range of
end users," said Bob VanKirk, head of key customers and
distributors for Linde North America.
The major users for specialty gases are laboratories,
universities, power plants, food and beverage,
pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
"The specialty gases plant will serve as a production hub
for Linde's US distributor business as well as for
specialty medical gases for Linde's LifeGas
which services the healthcare industry," said Jeffrey
manager for the new
The plant includes the main inert gas and oxidant gas
room, while the individual production areas
use new semi-automated filling technology
The new plant also houses an analytical laboratory with a
wide range of specialized and automated sampling systems to
assure the quality control necessary to efficiently monitor
the new filling processes and analyses of gases produced.
"We employed local contractors from the Hammond/Chicago
area for each stage of the project
," said Leist. "That
includes engineering design, building construction
and fill systems
installation. The plant also reflects Linde's commitment to
safety and is equipped with the top-of-the-line plant and
employee safety systems and equipment. All specialty gas
filling equipment for the new plant is made here in the