Compressed and liquefied gases are routinely used in laboratories and various other operations at UB.
UB contracts with two suppliers for specialty gases and liquids, including helium:
Airgas, an Air Liquide company, one of the leading suppliers of specialty gases, industrial, and cryogenic products. Known locally and nationwide, their distribution network serves more than one million customers. In New York State, Airgas is the largest supplier of specialty gas, medical gas and cryogenic liquids to the university market. They are the contract supplier for many colleges and universities, including Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University, University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Albany, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Potsdam, Alfred University, Colgate University and Clarkson University.
Place orders as you usually would for gas cylinders by submitting blanket order requests with your estimated needs.
Praxair Distribution is currently the largest industrial gases company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair has a local facility located in the Town of Tonawanda. The Tonawanda facility is responsible for global plant engineering, research and development, North American operations communications, as well as fleet dispatch and back-office support functions. Praxair has been a key supplier to UB for many years.
In extenuating circumstances, exceptions to using Airgas or Praxair will be considered. A Specialty Gas and Liquid Contract Exemption Justification request must be completed and submitted to Purchasing department for review. Please contact the buyer for additional information or help.
When in doubt, find out! Consult with our purchasing agents for advice.
All procurement activity is subject to periodic audit to monitor compliance with policies and procedures.