Praxair moving St. Louis plant to Cahokia, Illinois
Praxair Distribution Inc. is spending $3.5 million to renovate and upgrade its Cahokia, Ill., plant, where it plans to move its St. Louis industrial gases distribution facility, Praxair said last Friday. The company said in a release that its St. Louis plant on Chouteau Avenue, which experienced a massive fire June 24, 2005, is permanently relocating to an existing company property on Judith Lane in Cahokia. According to bizjournals.com, the fire at the industrial gases facility was caused by a mechanical failure on a gas cylinder. Since the June 2005 fire, the Cahokia site "has been operating as a temporary facility to serve our customers in this region," said Praxair Distribution President Wayne Yakich in a statement. The company will employ 60 people in the Cahokia facility when it is fully operational in 12 months to 18 months, according to a release. Praxair acquired the Cahokia facility in 1991 for use as a warehouse, storeage and distribution center for cylinder gases in Illinois and Missouri. It closed this site down when it established its larger facility in St. Louis in 1999. The Cahokia facility will serve essentially the same customer base in Illinois and the greater St. Louis area as the previous facility on Chouteau Avenue. No industrial gases will be produced at the site.