Praxair Inc., an industrial gas company, will build a new facility to support its pipeline system in Ecorse to meet the growing demand for industrial gases from customers and businesses in the region.
“We understand that efficient and reliable supply of industrial gases to our customers’ operations in the area is critical to their success, and our expanded capacity will continue to help us meet growing customer needs,” says Joe Abdoo, central region vice president of Praxair’s U.S. industrial gases business.
The new plant, to begin operations in 2017, will produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and rare gases for hospitals, food processors, and industrial companies supplying the automotive industry. The project will include the installation of operating and equipment systems that can produce up to 1,650 tons of industrial gases per day.
Praxair operates five cryogenic air separation units (which provide nitrogen or oxygen) in Michigan, along with a hydrogen production facility on the border of Ecorse and River Rouge. Abdoo says the complex supplies pipeline customers from southwest Detroit to Dearborn, and business customers throughout southeastern Michigan and northwestern Ohio.
Connecticut-based Praxair produces, sells, and distributes atmospheric, process, and specialty gases. The company recorded $12.3 billion in sales in 2014.