LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. -

In the midst of the shutdown one of the Lehigh Valley's largest employers is thanking the federal government.

A top official at Air Products has applauded Congress for legislation passed last week.

The bill takes measures to protect the critical helium supply at one of the world's largest reserves.

Air Products is the world's largest producer and distributor of helium.

The company's global headquarters are in the Lehigh Valley.