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 Lou Veloz was an engineer for Westinghouse when their R&D engineers developed and patented the first commercial ultraviolet lamps. Lou was excited by this new technology and in 1949 he purchased a Westinghouse UV lamp dealership. Early applications were difficult to develop, but Lou had a vision of how ultraviolet light might be widespread and effective. He formed Aquafine Corporation to focus on water disinfection.
The First Products
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.
The First Growth
In 1962, he brought his son, Thomas Veloz, into the company to help with marketing and design. Shortly thereafter, the company enjoyed great 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.
The First Partnership
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.