Airgas, a newly opened Loyalsock Township business, sells gas and welding products, tools and hardware, and various safety related products.
"The big push on this store was the natural gas industry," said Tony Joy, branch manager of the store at 2000 Rear East Third St.
The local business, which employs four people, is one of 1100 Airgas branch stores in the U.S. Formerly the site of Action Rental Equipment, the store is located behind the Villa Restaurant off the Golden Strip.
Joy said company officials had been eyeing the Williamsport market for quite some time. However, it wasn't until January that the local store finally was opened.
The nearest other Airgas store is located in White Deer.
"Fifteen years ago, we had a branch in Williamsport, but it was consolidated into White Deer," Joy said.
2000?Rear Third St.,
Mon to Fri. - 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sat to Sun. - Closed
The store location, he said, is a good one, even if it is partly hidden by other businesses fronting the Golden Strip.
"But folks are still finding it," he said.
Joy is excited about operating a store that serves the natural gas industry. The store serves the needs of other customers as well. Customers can find medical products and medical support equipment; safety products for head, eye, face and respiratory protection; two-day radios and accessories; and gas cans, fire extinguishers, beveling machines, pipe strands, safety cones and spill kits.
At some point, the store plans to make emergency deliveries of supplies to work sites.
An open house of the store is upcoming, Joy said.
Store hours are Mondays to Fridays, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
However, those hours are expected to eventually expand and include Saturdays.
More information is at www.airgas.com.
The phone number is 505-1979.