WHO WE ARE
ABOUT SUPER VAC
A WORLD-RENOWNED VENTILATION EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER
Super Vac (originally the Super Vacuum Propeller Company) was established in the mid-1930s. The name Super Vac, seemingly a misnomer, was coined after the company introduced one of the most effective ventilators — essentially creating a forceful “vacuum” that could extract smoke and heat from buildings. The name is now synonymous with the highest quality ventilation products, making Super Vac a ventilation equipment manufacturer leader. Today, Super Vac manufactures battery-, electric-, gasoline-, hydraulic- and air-powered units for emergency response and industrial applications at its 160,000-square-foot Colorado factory, where we pride ourselves on independent manufacturing processes.
SUPER VAC APPLICATIONS
Super Vac’s firefighter ventilation fans are used to remove smoke from a fire, thereby increasing visibility for firefighters, improving survivability for victims and reducing damage for property owners. Super Vac offers the industry’s largest lineup of PPV fans, spanning from 8- to 80-inch blades, as well as smoke ejectors, available in 12-, 16-, 20- and 24-inch blades. To add to firefighters’ ventilation arsenal, Super Vac also manufactures rescue saws, rehab misters and other essential fan accessories.
Ventilation is important in most every industrial environment. By exhausting contaminated air away from the work area and replacing it with clean air, companies can control the exposure of flammable vapors and airborne toxins to their crews. Machine and workplace cooling is also essential in maintaining expensive equipment, controlling workable environments and reducing overhead costs. From confined space to large scale, Super Vac offers a wide range of positive and negative pressure fans.
The United States Navy chose Super Vac to supply the Navy with special smoke ventilators that are used onboard ships during emergency situations to reduce injuries related to the ventilation of ships and compartments. The design of these units was accomplished jointly by NAVSEA and Super Vac engineers with a focus to modernize Navy firefighting activities. The contract required Super Vac and our suppliers to institute strict quality control measures and detailed documentation procedures to ensure the units will handle the ships’ extreme conditions.
Super Vac expanded its product line in 1971 to include a custom fire and emergency vehicle division, marketed under SVI Trucks. The division manufactures rescue trucks, hazmat units, command vehicles, fire engines, tanker trucks, law enforcement vehicles and more (www.svitrucks.com). In 1985, SVI Trucks added refurbishing capabilities (www.svirefurb.com).
Super Vac responded to the need for emergency floodlighting essential to nighttime response by designing and patenting a hydraulically operated Super Vac fire truck light tower in the 70s. Later, in 1992, Super Vac patented another light tower, an all-electric option, marketed under the Command Light name (www.commandlight.com) and now a staple in the industry.
Super Vac purchased a non-ferrous foundry in 1986 to provide more quality control and independent manufacturing processes across its divisions. Marketed under Super Vac Foundry (www.supervacfoundry.com), this division casts components for Super Vac’s fan and saw products, as well as aluminum and brass parts for external customers.
The Gatwick Airport in England enlisted Super Vac to build a fan for emergency situations. Super Vac supplied an SVU-50 with the ability to provide 250,000 cfm of airflow and 30 gpm of mist simultaneously. This large-scale ventilation was also used to help keep large crowds cool during the London Olympic Games.
Super Vac introduced its first “universal” battery fan, compatible with non-proprietary, easy-to-source batteries. The 2018 introduction began with Super Vac’s -BD model, which works with DeWalt FLEXVOLT batteries. By 2019, Super Vac added Milwaukee M18 and M28 capability to the lineup. Super Vac plans to continue expanded this popular lineup.
In January of 2020, in the midst of Super Vac’s unprecedented battery fan growth, the company delivered two large-scale SVU DD 50s to two Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Inc. locations to aid in emergency ventilation. Following on the heels of this delivery, Super Vac also delivered a third SVU to General Electric (GE) in October 2020.
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