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New production facility: Messer invests 34.6 million euros in America

Six months after expanding to America, the largest family-run industrial gases specialist worldwide, Messer, is investing 34.6 million euros (38 million US Dollar) in the construction of a new air separation plant in Indianapolis, Indiana, America. The production plant for the air gases oxygen, nitrogen and argon is scheduled to go into operation in early 2021. It will produce industrial and medical grade gases for various sectors of the local and regional economy, including the healthcare, chemical, food as well as the glass and metal industries.

"This investment underscores Messer's commitment to strategic expansion in the US to meet growing market demand and strengthen our presence in the Midwest," said Jens Lühring, President and CEO of Messer Americas. "We chose to invest in Indianapolis because of our proximity to our customers and strong local economy. Messer's goal is to become the premier supplier of choice for industrial, medical and specialty gases in North and South America and to offer our customers innovative and reliable solutions." Messer currently has six locations in Indiana with around 90 employees. The new investment is expected to create 23 new permanent jobs by the end of 2021. In addition, the company estimates that 60 to 80 temporary local jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project.