Beloit air plant now operational
The plant at 4220 S. Walters Road separates air cryogenically to produce more than 700 tons a day of liquid oxygen and nitrogen. From there, the gases are trucked to hospitals, food processors, metals and chemicals manufacturers and independent gases distributors in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.
The plant employs about 30 people.
"Linde is investing for growth where the market conditions are right," said Pat Murphy, president of Linde North America. "With this plant, we have established a supply source in Wisconsin that enables us to move closer to our customers."
Linde has seen demand in the Midwest increase steadily over the past few years, driven mostly by food processing, combustion and petrochemical applications. The Beloit plant allows Linde to optimize its distribution patterns by freeing up production at existing plants in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
"We've seen excellent growth in Wisconsin and the greater Chicago area, and we made this investment to ensure that we can securely supply our customers," Murphy said.
Andrew L. Janke, director of economic development for the Greater Beloit Economic Development Corp., said the plant represents a major portion of efforts to attract investment to Beloit, which will total more than $100 million in 2008 and will create nearly 400 jobs in the region.
The Beloit plant is Linde's largest air separation plant in Wisconsin and is the second such U.S. facility Linde has put into full production this year. Linde has a nationwide network of air separation plants from which it serves customers ranging in size from small family businesses to multi-billion dollar corporations.