Our History

The Beginning


UVDI is one of the oldest and most respected ultraviolet disinfection companies in the world.  It all began with the hard work and ingenuity of a single man.  Three generations ago Louis Veloz was an engineer for Westinghouse when their R&D engineers developed and patented the first commercial ultraviolet lamps.  Luis was excited by this new technology and in 1949 he purchased a Westinghouse UV lamp dealership.  Early applications were difficult to develop, but Louis had a vision of how ultraviolet light might be widespread and effective.  He formed Aquafine Corporation to focus on water disinfection.

The first products were simple, but they were very effective and were sold to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to disinfect surface drinking water sources used by Arizona agricultural workers.  Louis then recognized a number of similar markets and sold his units to the cottage cheese industry, the fruit drink producers, beverage bottlers, ice cream manufacturers and bakeries.

In 1962, he brought his son, Thomas Veloz, into the company to help with marketing and design.  Shortly thereafter, the company enjoyed its greatest growth due to the semiconductor industry in the Silicon Valley.  Microprocessor chip production demands a tremendous volume of ultra pure water.  This was a natural fit for Aquafine and soon the company was propelled into international distribution.

In the late 80s, a global marketing company approached Tom about partnering on a water disinfection system for overseas consumers.  After several years of prototypes and testing, Aquafine was awarded the contract.  In order to best serve this contract, Tom created a separate company, UVDI, and began forming a state of the art manufacturing facility in Valencia, California.


The Expansion


As UVDI thrived in water disinfection, Tom and his team began to see another market on the horizon: the disinfection of air in commercial and residential buildings.

In 2003, UVDI launched its ALTRU-V line of air disinfection products.  Ultraviolet technology replaces outdated chemical and mechanical cleaning techniques and it provides a much safer result with the lowest operating cost in the industry.  The company has shipped millions of products that are used all over the globe in applications ranging from point-of-use drinking water disinfection to indoor environmental control.

UVDI is a market leader in research, development and manufacturing, but what truly sets the company apart is its total commitment to quality at every level and to absolute customer satisfaction.  UVDI goes well beyond the industry average for both quality control and customer satisfaction and is driven to reach the highest levels possible in both critical areas.

The Future


In order to meet growing IAQ needs, UVDI acquired Sparks Technology in 2006.  Sparks was one of the few companies in the world manufacturing bonded activated carbon and UVDI is now the exclusive manufacturer of BPS (Bonded Particulate Structure) technology.  Combined with UVDI’s high level manufacturing standards which includes being ISO 9001:2000 certified, they are now able to produce products that not only outperform common filtration systems but are now built with the same high standards that have set our ultraviolet products apart for nearly twenty years.

In 2006, the third generation of the Veloz family took over the leadership of UVDI.  Tom’s sons, Peter and David are committed to seeing the company continue to grow and expand into new partnerships, new markets, and new levels of success.

Recent innovations include the development of the Mobile Room Sanitizer which gives UVDI a competitive advantage in the area of surface disinfection.  This unit, which can safely deliver enough UVC energy to disinfect an entire room in a few minutes, is the only one on the market certified by UL and CSA standards.