Air Products to Build New Production Facility
Monday, November 10, 2008
Mayor Patricia M. York and the St. Charles City Council today made a collaborative announcement with Air Products of Lehigh Valley, PA regarding a new production facility to be located at Fountain Lakes Commerce Center in St. Charles.
Air Products will locate its new facility on 12 acres of land in Fountain Lakes just off Highway 370 on the north side of the city. The facility will be built in two phases with Phase I of the project to include a 98,047 square foot building, and Phase II incorporating a 171,790 square foot facility at the site. The Millstone Company is the owner/developer of Fountain Lakes. Korte Construction, the building contractor on the project, is slated to have Phase I completed by mid 2009, with Phase II of the new plant to be on-stream in early 2010.
Air Products, the worldwide leader in production of gas separation and purification membranes, will construct its new production facility in St. Charles to increase manufacturing capacity of its full line of PRISM® membrane products.
“We are delighted that Air Products chose St. Charles for the location of its new production plant. The new facility will include establishing approximately 100 jobs at an average earning wage equal to St. Charles’ current median average salary,” said Mayor York. “Our team here in town worked diligently with the staff at Air Products to ensure all their needs were met during every stage of the process. We also received a tremendous amount of support from the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association as well as the Missouri Department of Economic Development.”
According to George Lewis, global business manager, Equipment Sales at Air Products, this new facility will ensure the company’s ability to meet the strong demand for high performance membranes. “Membrane technology is being used increasingly in new and growing applications, and we will be positioned to meet that need with facilities capable of producing multiple size membrane product offerings,” Lewis said.
Lewis indicated that Air Products will continue to operate its current PRISM® membrane production plant in St. Louis, which opened in 1984 and was expanded several times, most recently in 2007. “Locating near our existing facility will allow us to leverage our skilled workforce and know-how to bring the facility into full production more quickly and efficiently,” he added.
As the director of economic development for the city of St. Charles, Nadine Boon echoed the sentiments of York and Lewis. “Air Products was on a fast-track and fortunately our teamwork passed their test,” she said. “Collaborative efforts on all fronts were nothing short of outstanding. Air Products inspired us to move quickly and enthusiastically to bring this phenomenal project with quality jobs to fruition right here in St. Charles. A special commendation certainly goes to the St. Charles City Council for their support and direction, which in my mind sealed the deal.”
Air Products’ PRISM line of gas generation systems supplies generated nitrogen and oxygen to more than 1,500 customers in over 30 countries worldwide. More information on PRISM membrane systems can be found at: www.airproducts.com/membranes.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. Air Products has annual revenues of $10 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 22,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.