Matheson Tri-Gas: Consumers Unaware of the Role Gases Play in Everyday Life

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"Most consumers don't realize that gases play an integral role in their everyday lives," said Bill Kroll, Chairman and CEO of Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc. (http://www.mathesontrigas.com), a single source provider of industrial and specialty gases. "From traffic lights and cell phones to frozen foods and medical scanning devices, gases are invisible but ever-present."

"Most consumers don't realize that gases play an integral role in their everyday lives," said Bill Kroll, Chairman and CEO of Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc. (http://www.mathesontrigas.com), a single source provider of industrial and specialty gases. "From traffic lights and cell phones to frozen foods and medical scanning devices, gases are invisible but ever-present."

As an example, Kroll said that stoplights increasingly rely on gases to keep us safe on the roads. "Most new traffic signals are comprised of light-emitting diodes, basic semiconductors that use gases to make green, yellow, and red lights," he said. Likewise, "If your cell phone lights up blue or green, chances are that our gases are in there," Kroll said.

Indeed, Matheson Tri-Gas provides its clients with hundreds of gases, ranging from nitrogen and argon to hydrogen and oxygen. Its liquid nitrogen is usually instrumental in the initial freezing process of frozen foods, while its liquid helium cools the magnets in many MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machines. Even auto paints and paper coatings rely on gases for their pigmentation.

Also used everyday but not often seen, Matheson Tri-Gas is instrumental in the manufacture of computer chips. The company's Advanced Technology Center in Longmont, Colorado, specializes in microcontamination and purification technologies. According to Kroll, "The high-tech industry uses purified gases to incorporate metal into the chip circuitry, which can be the equivalent of 1/1000 of the thickness of a hair."

Matheson Tri-Gas is celebrating its eightieth year as an industry leader in delivering superior and innovative products and services to its vast array of customers. "The next time you see an oxygen cylinder on a hospital gurney or an 11,000-gallon tanker truck on the highway, remember that gases may be invisible, but they're a crucial component of many of the everyday things we take for granted," concluded Kroll.

About Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc.

Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc., is a single source provider of industrial and specialty gases, including bulk and cylinder gases, gas handling equipment, high performance purification systems, and related hard goods. The company also provides support services, engineering services, and systems management services to analytical laboratories and semiconductor manufacturers worldwide. As a member of the Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation group, Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc., is part of a worldwide industrial gas organization focusing on being the single source provider for global customer requirements.

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