Air Products has been selected by Solar Atmospheres to provide industrial gases for its new plant in Fontana, Calif. Air Products will supply Solar Atmospheres with nitrogen, argon and helium for use in the vacuum processing of metals. With this latest contract, Air Products continues to supply all of Solar Atmosphere’s nitrogen, argon and helium needs at each of the company’s five plants, including four locations in Pennsylvania.

Air Products will build, own and operate a new air separation unit (ASU) and a new hydrogen production facility in Middletown, Ohio. The new facilities, planned to be on-stream in the fourth quarter of 2012, will provide additional capacity to meet customer demand for industrial gases and merchant liquid products in the region. The company will also make additional investments in an existing ASU and liquefier at Middletown. The new ASU will have production capacity of over 700 tons per day of combined pipeline and merchant oxygen output.