Madison Industries Acquires Steril-Aire

Madison Industries’ addition of virus-killing UVC technology makes it one of the only companies in the market to offer a complete portfolio of air hygiene solutions

December 1, 2020 – CHICAGO – Madison Industries, one of the world’s largest privately held companies and leading provider of comprehensive indoor air hygiene solutions, today announced the acquisition of Steril-Aire, a leading innovator of high energy germicidal ultraviolet C (UVC) solutions. The deal makes Madison Industries one of the only companies in the market with a complete portfolio of science-backed indoor air hygiene solutions that are helping businesses across North America mitigate the spread of aerosols carrying viruses to help successfully reopen and stay open.

Since 1994, Steril-Aire’s patented UVC technology has been used in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for healthcare, education, commercial, residential, food processing and other sectors. Its high powered UVC emitters, or bulbs, are integrated into HVAC systems, where the UVC works to destroy microorganisms as well as viruses. The technology also helps reduce HVAC system energy consumption due to the improved air flow; boosts indoor air quality, which has the effect of reducing occupant sickness and absenteeism; and enhances food safety through mold and bacteria control for food processing plants, extending product shelf life. Because of its effectiveness, the company has seen very high demand for its UVC technology from businesses since the start of the pandemic.

“Steril-Aire technology has been and continues to be one of the most powerful UVC technologies on the market as it is able to not only inactivate mold and bacteria growing on HVAC coils, but also aerosols carrying viruses that travel through the air systems,” said Kris Howard, Group President of Indoor Air Hygiene at Madison Industries. “Steril-Aire has the science and research to back up their technology’s performance, which makes them a great fit to be part of our Madison family of indoor air hygiene solutions. We aim to help business create a safe environment for their employees and customers through technologies that are proven in mitigating the spread of viruses.”

The addition of Steril-Aire makes Madison Industries one of the only companies in the sector that has the complete portfolio of the five essential air hygiene capabilities – filtration (HVAC filters), purification (air purifiers), humidity control (dehumidified air solutions), ventilation (HVAC systems) and now sterilization (UVC technology) – to successfully remove aerosols carrying viruses. Having leveraged external UV technologies in the past with its products, Madison Industries has the UV experience and now its own portfolio of superior UVC solutions to integrate into its purification, ventilation and filtration products, which will result in a suite of the most comprehensive and effective air cleaning solutions on the market for businesses and consumers. Madison Industries’ Indoor Air Hygiene vertical works with K-12 schools (Los Angeles Unified, Chicago Jesuit Academy, among others), large universities (Northwestern University, University of Georgia, University of Illinois, and others), restaurant chains (i.e. Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, Shake Shack), large retailers, senior living facilities, hospitals/healthcare facilities and more.

“Madison Industries’ mission aligns perfectly with that of Steril-Aire – specifically, to make the world safer, healthier and more productive,” said Steril-Aire founder Dr. Bob Scheir. “Like our company, Madison Industries supports innovation, research and science-backed technology. Our UVC technology will not only compliment the rest of the solutions they’re offering customers, but together we can develop additional applications that will help businesses reopen and stay open safely. We’re excited for this new chapter in our company’s history.”

Headquartered in Burbank, California, Steril-Aire works with more than 80 representatives and distributors internationally and provides their UVC technology to large original equipment manufacturers. 

About Madison Industries

Madison Industries is one of the largest and most successful privately held companies in the world. Madison builds entrepreneurially driven, branded market leaders that are committed to making the world safer, healthier and more productive by creating innovative solutions that deliver outstanding customer value. The team at Madison is committed to building something truly remarkable that long outlasts them while coaching others to reach their highest potential. Please visit and to learn more.

About Steril-Aire

Steril-Aire is a leading innovator of high energy germicidal UVC solutions. Its decades of science based and technology backed solutions create a better and safer environment to live, work and breathe.  Steril-Aire’s science is groundbreaking in enhancing the indoor air quality of customer working environments.  Steril-Aire’s solutions can be found in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, airports, laboratories, government facilities, offices and food safety.  Please visit Steril-Aire at