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Air Liquide named as a ‘Top 100 Workplace’

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Air Liquide has been named as one of the Top 100 Workplaces in the Houston area, ranking 15th among large companies.

The 2010 rankings were published in the Houston Chronicle in a special section on Sunday, November 7.

Top 100 Workplaces recognizes businesses nominated by their own employees as great places to work. Rankings are based on employee opinions about company leadership, values and ethics, career development, training, compensation, and work-life flexibility.

Michael J. Graff, president & CEO of American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc. and member of Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee in charge of the Americas, commented, “I am extremely proud of Air Liquide’s distinction as a Top 100 Workplace today – on the very same day our company celebrates Innovation Day to commemorate our founding 108 years ago. Being named a Top 100 Workplace is recognition of the commitment to innovation and leadership demonstrated every day by Air Liquide employees. The dedication and spirit seen across our organization is what truly makes Air Liquide one of Houston’s best places to work.

More than 1,350 private, non-profit and publicly-held businesses were invited to participate in the Houston Chronicle’s Top 100 Workplaces. The rankings were determined based on survey data collected by Workplace Dynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention. The composite scores were calculated from responses to an employ survey administered in 2010.

Air Liquide companies in the U.S. employ nearly 4,500 employees in over 200 locations and offers industrial gases, equipment and related services to a broad array of customers in the large industries, industrial merchant, electronics and healthcare markets to help them maximize productivity, operate more efficiently and reduce their environmental footprints. Air Liquide companies employ more than 1,250 people in the Houston area.

Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the environment, and is present in over 75 countries with 42,300 employees. Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air Liquide’s activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air Liquide continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current and future markets. The Group innovates to enable progress, to achieve dynamic growth and a consistent performance.

Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry’s energy use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow, such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic energy… Oxygen for hospitals, homecare, fighting nosocomial infections… Air Liquide combines many products and technologies to develop valuable applications and services not only for its customers but also for society.

A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee commitment, customer trust and shareholder support to pursue its vision of sustainable, competitive growth. The diversity of Air Liquide’s teams, businesses, markets and geographic presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its development and strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer new territories and build its future.

Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life, staying true to its sustainable development approach. In 2009, the Group’s revenues amounted to €12 billion, of which almost 80% were generated outside France. Air Liquide is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.