Layed off. Not a fun prospect, but I was looking already, so i wasn't displaced for long. However, the reason given was "tenure", and I was the longest tenured person in the department.
Airgas is a highly politcal machine. If you're not well liked by managment, they'll find a reason to excuse you. I was there for 7+ years, and have been on both sides of that coin.
Regional Presidents lack basic managerial skills, critical thinking, and are very good at CYA. Some AVP's are even worse. On the other hand, some are very good at what they do and deserve praise.
Here's hoping ARG is purchased by Air Products. It'll be a big culture shock for RC's to see how a business is supposed to be run.