Fresh-Aire UV has purchased a 25,000-square-foot facility on a three-acre site in Jupiter, Florida. The company said the new facility will support double-digit annual growth and the growing need for volatile organic compound (VOC) reduction and biological disinfection products.
The industrial park building doubles Fresh-Aire UV’s former headquarters’ space that was spread throughout two unconnected facilities. The move marks the second time in four years the 30-year-old company has expanded its operations due to growth and product demand.
Besides the real estate purchase, Fresh-Aire UV also invested significantly in building re-design and renovation. Improvements included 42-tons of air conditioning with UV disinfection systems, a complete LED-lighting retrofit, 2,500-square-feet in physical structure additions, and the general interior remodeling of the high bay style, 24-foot-tall, former headquarters of the Palm Beach Post newspaper. Part of the air conditioning retrofit adds cooling to the production floor where Fresh-Aire UV products remain 100-percent USA-tested, assembled, and manufactured primarily of USA-made components.
The expansion features a 2,500-square-foot research and development laboratory housing a test chamber that complies with ASHRAE Standard 52.1 (particulate and biological contaminants); 145.2 (gaseous contaminants including VOCs); SPC-185.1 (inactivating airborne microbes); and SPC-185.2 (inactivating microbes on irradiated HVAC unit surfaces). The test rig enables in-house analyzation, certification, and clean air delivery rates (CADR) of Fresh-Aire UV’s own UV, gas-phase air purification, and photo catalytic oxidation (PCO) products. The self-contained R&D space also features its own five-ton dedicated air conditioning and air purification system for complete environmental control during tests.
Along with administrative, marketing, and sales staff offices, the building was also remodeled to allow contractors, service technicians, and wholesalers to attend the latest hands-on training workshops for IAQ equipment, maintenance, and installation, including 24V, 120V, and 277V electric connection.