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Praxair completes $88 million project in Burns Harbor

Praxair's air separation towers loom in the background of a food truck event in Burns Harbor. The company just started up a new unit at the plant.

Praxair has wrapped up an $88 million project at its facility in Burns Harbor, where its air separation towers stand more than 200 feet tall and are a landmark of the skyline.

The industrial gas supplier started up a new world-scale air separation unit in Burns Harbor. The 2,400-ton per day unit will help Praxair supply pipeline oxygen and nitrogen to local steel mills and oil refineries.

“This investment further strengthens Praxair’s supply reliability in the region, enabling us to help our customers grow and be more efficient,” said Joe Abdoo, north region vice president of Praxair’s U.S. industrial gases business. “We also welcome new customers, who require large volumes of oxygen, nitrogen or hydrogen, to investigate the benefits of supply from Praxair’s pipeline system, which runs through several sites in Indiana and Illinois that are readily available for development.”

Praxair has a major presence in Northwest Indiana, where more than half of the operating iron blast furnaces in the United States are located. The unit will increase the use of oxygen through Praxair's 130-mile pipeline system, which is expected to improve productivity and efficiency for steelmakers.

“Praxair’s industrial gases help manufacturers in Northwest Indiana and beyond, providing an important resource that is supporting our state’s growing economy,” Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger said. “With one in five Hoosiers working in the manufacturing industry, Indiana is home to the highest concentration of manufacturing in the nation. We’re excited that Praxair selected Indiana for its new air separation unit, which will help fuel job creators across the state.”

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.