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Messer to Build Air Separation Unit in McGregor, Texas

The new air separation unit will operate substantially off of energy supplied from an on-site solar panel array, making it the first plant of its kind in the U.S.

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Messer has announced an over $50 million investment to build a large-scale air separation unit (ASU) in McGregor, Texas. The new air separation unit will operate substantially off of energy supplied from an on-site solar panel array. It is the first Messer plant to be powered by a co-located renewable energy source, helping the company to reduce its carbon footprint. This effort aligns with the company’s core values of environmental protection and sustainability.

“With our expansion in Texas and the inclusion of solar energy, Messer is focused on sustainability and environmental protection,” says Jens Luehring, president & CEO, Messer Americas. “As we move to a renewable-based future, this investment is integral to our green energy initiatives as we continue to serve our customers with a reliable source of supply.”

The new plant will produce gases that will fuel growth in central Texas, supporting burgeoning industries in the area, including aerospace, chemical, electronics, and food and beverage, as well as healthcare, metals, and oil and gas. The ASU is slated for completion in the second quarter of 2024.

“On behalf of the City of McGregor, we are excited to welcome Messer to our community. Over the years, as we have developed our Industrial Park, we have become highly selective in what types of people and industries we want to attract and invest our future in. Messer checks all of the boxes. They bring cutting edge technology, high-quality jobs and, most importantly, first-class people. We look forward to our future together,” says Mayor Jim Hering.


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