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Linde Oregon Plant Receives Grant From County to Create Jobs

Monday, June 4, 2012

Linde Electronics and Specialty Gases has received a $12,000 grant from Jackson County to help create six new jobs at the Linde plant in Medford, Oregon. The grant is part of the County's Economic Action Initiative (EAI) program, and Linde's application was recently approved by the Jackson County Commissioners.

Linde Electronics and Specialty Gases is part of Linde North America, an affiliate of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company. Jackson County formed its Economic Action Initiative to develop and communicate its commitment toward economic recovery.

"The opportunity to help create these six excellent jobs will go a long way to helping six families that might not otherwise get that chance," said Jackson County Commissioner John Rachor. Wages for the six new positions will be higher than the average for other workers in Jackson County, one of the criteria for the grant.

Linde has been operating the plant in Medford since 1998, producing high purity gases and chemicals for semiconductor, environmental, and solar customers in the U.S. and overseas.

Art Pernsteiner, Linde plant manager, said, "We appreciate the support of Jackson County, and the specific role of the county commissioners in approving our grant request. We currently employ 36 local residents at our facility and have been growing rapidly over the past 12 months. This grant will help us to continue that growth, and sends a strong message to Linde executive leadership that Jackson County is serious about partnering with industry."

Jackson County Commissioner Don Skundrick said, "Programs like this speak volumes to companies looking to expand and to companies looking to relocate all or a portion of their existing businesses to Jackson County. It is impressive that a company like Linde, a company doing business here already, is committed to remain here and grow. All of us need to do whatever it takes, responsibly, and retain and attract just this type of business to Jackson County."

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 50,500 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2011 financial year, it achieved sales of EUR 13.787 bn (USD 18.1 billion). The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment -- in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The Linde Group is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com

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