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Air Separation Firm Moving In

A company building a $20 million industrial plant in Lockwood plans to make money by separating air into its most useful components: nitrogen, oxygen and argon.

All three of the gases to be manufactured by Aspen Air U.S. Corp. have uses in industry and medicine, said Onkar Dhaliwal, president and chief executive officer.

onkar dhaliwalDhaliwal was introduced to the community Tuesday at a news conference hosted by the Big Sky Economic Development Authority.

The plant, now under construction at 1524 Lockwood Road, should be operational by the third quarter of 2007, Dhaliwal said. He said the Billings plant will be the company’s first site in the United States, but he also has plans for developing another Montana gas plant at a site yet to be announced.

Dhaliwal, of Calgary, Alberta, said the company will soon begin hiring up to 20 employees from the Billings area. Positions include a plant manager, operators and sales staff. Jobs are posted on the company’s Web site, www.aspenaircorp.com.

Dhaliwal said the Billings area was selected, in part, because it’s more than 500 miles from the nearest industrial gas manufacturing plants in Salt Lake City and Boise, Idaho. Those plants have no excess capacity. The local plant will save money for users of industrial gases because they won’t have to be transported over long distances, he said.

The plant is designed to last 25 to 30 years.

“So we’re going to be here for the long term,” Dhaliwal said.

Joe McClure, executive director of the Big Sky Economic Development Authority, said the Billings market will benefit because Aspen Air will provide needed products at a lower cost.

Patrice Elliott, president of the Big Sky Economic Development Corp.’s board of directors, said the community will benefit from the company’s $3 million annual payroll.

Big Sky EDA is a county economic development agency funded primarily through a countywide tax levy; Big Sky EDC raises private investment capital.

Oxygen is used in medicine and in welding. Nitrogen has many industrial uses, including applications in oil refineries.Pulling oxygen, nitrogen and argon from the air may sound like alchemy. In reality, the process involves compressing and cooling air to a point at which the gases liquefy and separate, Dhaliwal said. The plant creates no harmful emissions and no solid or liquid waste. Only small quantities of surplus oxygen and nitrogen will be emitted from time to time. Compressors and other equipment will be indoors to minimize noise, he said.

Air contains 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen and 1.3 percent argon by volume. Carbon dioxide, water vapor and other trace gases such as krypton, hydrogen, neon and helium make up the remainder.

Oxygen is used in medicine and in welding. Nitrogen has many industrial uses, including applications in oil refineries. Argon is used in welding and metal manufacturing, Dhaliwal said.

He said the company will sell directly to large users, but it will also market its products to regional gas distributors. Dhaliwal said Aspen Air may lead to the creation of even more jobs if other industries that require a stable supply of industrial gases move to Billings.

Linda Beck, director of outreach and recruitment for Big Sky EDC, said she didn’t have to beat the bushes to bring Aspen Air into the community. Dhaliwal came into her office in April, and she has been working with him since. He is seeking no tax incentives or subsidies, she said.

Dhaliwal said McClure and Beck have helped him find an appropriate location.

“Without their help, we couldn’t have opened the doors,” he said.

Dhaliwal said he has more than 10 years of experience working with industrial gases, including seven years with Air Liquide, an international manufacturer and distributor of medical and industrial gases. He said Aspen Air U.S. Corp. is privately financed.

Billings GazetteBy Tom Howard, Billings Gazette

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