Airgas eyeing Minooka location
By Kris Stadalsky Correspondent October 28, 2013 7:06PM
Updated: December 1, 2013 7:24AM
Airgas Merchant Gases is considering property within Minooka’s Prologis International Centre South development for an air separation and liquid purification plant used in manufacturing and distributing of liquid gases.
Minooka trustees last week approved an ordinance making certain concessions to the company if it decides to build the plant in the village, including waiving tap-on fees to the water system and allowing separate meters for water and sewer usage because a large quantity of water used by Airgas evaporates through the process and is not discharged to the sewers.
Airgas Merchant Gases is a new division of Airgas, which is the largest supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases in the U.S. The division, headquartered in Cleveland, has a purchase contract on 7.6 acres in the Prologis industrial park along Interstate 80.
Village administrator Dan Duffy said Airgas Merchant Gases is waiting on an incentive program through the state before it makes a decision on where to locate the plant.
“The (village) board is hopeful the state of Illinois will offer an incentive package that will help seal the deal and bring them here and bring jobs to the community,” Duffy said.