Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) has recently opened a new location in Dickinson, North Dakota, enhancing its local product and service capabilities for customers in the Bakken shale oil region.

“Our comprehensive product and service offering is tailored to meet the unique needs of customers in the energy industry, particularly in oilfield logistics and operations, well completions and production, and pipeline construction and maintenance, as well as customers involved in the fabrication of metal components and structures that are a critical part of the energy sector value chain,” said Airgas President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael L. Molinini. “Our new location in Dickinson, North Dakota, brings us much closer to our customers in this important region of the country.”

In addition to core industrial gases, welding-related equipment and safety supplies for in-store purchase or local delivery, customers in the region can now more easily access Airgas’ national capabilities at a local level — from Red-D-Arc’s rental welders and power generation equipment to Airgas Specialty Gases’ complex hydrocarbon blends for BTU measurement and process stream analysis to the expertise of Airgas’ product and process specialists.

 Airgas On-Site Safety Services, which specializes in safety monitoring, certification, and equipment rental services at customer sites in the oilfield and construction industries, also serves customers through Airgas’ new Dickinson location.

The Bakken shale oil formation is located in western North Dakota and eastern Montana and extends into Canada. The formation has become one of the most significant sources of oil globally which, according to the United States Energy Information Administration, produces more than one million barrels of oil each day.