Airgas Gulf States, a part of Airgas, maintains branch locations in New Iberia and Jennings in Louisiana. The parent company is one of the largest distributors of industrial, medical and specialty gases in the United States. It offers welding equipment and supplies and safety products. Airgas also distributes process chemicals, refrigerants and ammonia products. It has a staff of more than 14,000 employees in over 1,100 locations. In addition, the public company distributes products through eBusiness. Airgas provides products for the industrial and commercial markets. Founded in 1982, it offers monitors, welders, cutting tools, industrial brushes, abrasives and medical regulators. The company s subsidiaries include Airgas Mid South, Airgas Puritan Medical, Airgas Specialty Gases, Airgas Dry Ice and Airgas Merchant Gases.