Air Liquide Industrial U.S. said Monday it has expanded its Cleburne air separation plant with a second "nitrogen liquefier" to meet demand from users including the oil and gas industry. Nitrogen is used in a number of energy applications, including drilling and completing of wells and maintenance of pipelines. Food and beverage companies as well as makers manufacturers also use nitrogen. Air Liquide said it expects to add 21 new permanent jobs over the next two years in Cleburne, expanding employment by about a third. Air Liquide, headquartered in France, opened the Cleburne facility in 1998 to produce oxygen, nitrogen and argon.
-- Jim Fuquay