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Pipelines Pump Up Wooster Airgas

Emily Rumes | GateHouse Ohio Media Published: August 1, 2017 9:03 PM
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Seeing the benefit of the three pipeline projects – Rover, Utopia and NEXUS – that are all slated to run or are currently running through Wayne County, Airgas, an Air Liquide company in Wooster, has been keeping busy round the clock. Their branches in Canton, Cambridge and Mansfield also experienced growth this year.

The Rover Pipeline project is about 380 miles with the main line covering a section that is 186 miles long. The pipeline will transport gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale areas in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to the Midwest, Michigan and Canada.

According to the Rover Pipeline website there are currently between 4,500 and 6,500 workers employed by the project in the state of Ohio. Airgas provides gases and welding supplies, as well as fire retardant clothing and safety supplies that can all be delivered directly to those workers in the field.

“There’s a huge number of support companies that benefit from the pipeline activity,” said Airgas Area Branch Operations Coordinator, Dan Blosser. “Our experience is that the workers we have been in contact with have been very professional, kind, generous and hard working people.”

Scott Davis works as an Airgas VMI Technician and Customer Service Rep, going out directly to the local industrial clients each week, the majority of which are in the Wooster and Orrville areas.

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For workers in the field, portability of equipment, like welding machines, is important. Airgas can supply filler metals, the apparatus to cut and join pipes, torches and safety products.

“Weather normally determines the traffic at our retail store,” said Branch Manager, Ryan Joyce. “Normally on the rainy days workers have time to stock up on supplies and this has been a record year for our branch overall. Right now most of the workers we see are from the Rover Pipeline project, some are from NEXUS.”

Airgas is also capable of handling large, nitrogen purging projects. When pipe is being installed, sections are blocked off and filled with nitrogen. The gas then pressurizes the line. Tests are done to make sure the pipes can hold pressure for 24 hours, which ensures there are no leaks.

Clients can register for an online account at Airgas.com/register. Here they can access and purchase products from their computer, tablet or mobile device. There is an expanded product selection, improved product search, one-step reordering and detailed online and offline order histories available – all making it easier to keep the supplies coming out in the field.

The Airgas website offers real-time access and control as clients search for products and make purchases. Customers may prefer to set up a cash account. As long as they have an email, they will still be able to receive all the updates on sales and promotions that are coming through the online forum.

The bulk of the retail store, which is at 115 N. Smyser Road in Wooster, is dedicated to propane and cylinder exchanges and welding and safety products; however, customers have the ability to purchase from their entire product offering which includes hundreds of thousands of items.

The company has been in Wooster since July of 2014. At their location in Stow, Ohio they have an Advanced Fabrication Center for Technologies where training sessions for welders are held each month for three and a half days. The current training sessions are titled, “The Hidden Cost of Welding.”

A full catalog and list of services that Airgas provides can be found on their website, Airgas.com or via the Airgas app.

“We are grateful to all our customers in the Wayne, Holmes and Ashland County areas,” said Blosser. “We’re looking forward to working hard to service all their needs.”

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