Company Targeted in France Terror Attack Based in Allentown

Air Products says all employees have been evacuated and accounted for.


The site of France’s second terrorist attack in six months is a factory owned by a company in Allentown, Pa.

On Friday morning, a suspected terrorist stormed into a chemical plant in Lyon, France, decapitated at least one person and injuring others in an apparent attempt to blow up the facility. It’s owned by Air Products, a company that produces specialty gases and chemicals for manufacturing customers. The suspect has been arrested and identified, according to multiple news sources.

Air Products released the following statement:

“Our priority at this stage is to take care of our employees, who have been evacuated from the site and all accounted for.

“Emergency services are on site and have contained the situation. The site is secure. Our crisis and emergency response teams have been activated and are working closely with all relevant authorities.”

Air Products is No. 284 on the Fortune 500 list with revenues of $10.4 billion in 2014.

The Allentown Morning Call has more on the attack:

“A security official said a severed head was found posted on the gate at the entrance to the factory, in what appeared to be an echo of Islamic State’s practice of beheading prisoners and displaying the heads for all to see.”