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Over 100,000 Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers Are Now in U.S. Schools

HOLLAND, Mich. – MARCH 29, 2021 – Fellowes Contract Interiors and Trendway today announced that over 100,000 Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers units have been sold in schools across 32 states since the onset of the pandemic. Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers have shown a 99.99 percent airborne reduction of a coronavirus surrogate within 60-minutes of operation. Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers are available through Trendway’s network of more than 350 dealer partners across the United States and Canada.

Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers were demonstrated through independent laboratory testing to be effective in reducing aerosolized airborne concentration of Human Coronavirus 229E in a test chamber, reaching 99.99 percent airborne reduction within one hour of operation. The coronavirus 229E was used as a surrogate to Sars-CoV-2 by the testing lab, Shanghai WEIPU Chemical Technology Service Company. Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers have also been proven to remove 99.9 percent of the H1N1 virus within 35 minutes of operation, as certified by Airmid Health Group Limited in Dublin, Ireland.

“As the national conversation builds around the need to improve indoor air quality as part of reopening plans, we understand that teachers and parents are concerned about the health of their students,” said Mark Rhoades, president, Fellowes Contract Interiors. “Fellowes continues to see an increase in localized air purification demand as educators and facilities managers understand the scientific evidence around coronaviruses’ airborne transmission and work to create safer indoor environments in school.”

The latest CDC guidance for school reopenings offers more detail about the role of air ventilation, filtration and purification as a COVID-19 prevention strategy. Air cleaners, such as Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers with True HEPA filtration, are recognized to complement HVAC systems by optimizing local indoor air quality and providing an extra layer of virus protection. Notably, this air purification solution helps achieve leading scientists’ recommended goal of four to six air changes per hour (ACH), meaning the air is refreshed every 10-15 minutes.

“COVID-19 has been a wake-up call on the importance of indoor air quality. School administrations are listening and responding to teachers, staff, and parents who are well-studied on the issue of coronaviruses’ airborne spread and the role of filtration and purification as a mitigation strategy,” said Rob Day, executive vice president of customer experience, Fellowes Contract Interiors. “Government funding programs, such as CARES and the newly passed American Rescue Plan Act, have enabled schools to invest in commercial air purification.”

Why Schools are Choosing Fellowes Air Purifiers
Fellowes commercial-grade AeraMax Pro air purifiers are recognized for their quiet performance, proprietary smart technology feature and easy installation. The air purifiers’ technologies include EnviroSmart™ and PureView™. EnviroSmart utilizes multiple sensors to monitor contaminants and room occupancy. It adjusts automatically to provide maximum protection, expanding the life of machines and filters. PureView makes the invisible, visible with real-time screen updates on air quality and machine performance. Room occupants receive peace of mind by seeing how the air purifier is working directly on the machine.

“Before the pandemic, there was a real separation of purification and ventilation; however, now localized air purification solutions are being recognized as a necessary component of a ventilation strategy,” said Mike Booth, global market director of air treatment, Fellowes Brands. “We’re learning that many schools see Fellowes AeraMax Pro air purifiers as a cost-efficient solution versus the time and expense required to overhaul HVAC systems.”

Schools such as Jersey City Public Schools in Jersey City, New Jersey; Milwaukee Public Schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Stafford County Public Schools in Stafford, Virginia; Pasadena Unified School District in Pasadena, California; and Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana; have ordered a mix of wall mounted and floor stand models for quick, flexible needs.

“Our experience with the Fellowes AeraMax Pro product line has been wonderful. Our teachers, students, and administrators can see the air being cleaned with the Fellowes PureView technology, which provides a feeling of safety, and the units turn off, saving energy when our classrooms are empty,” said Jeff Kutch, director of facilities, facilities administration at Culver Academies.

Beyond the classroom, schools are installing Fellowes air purifiers in other shared spaces such as resource rooms, libraries, locker rooms, nurses’ offices, conference spaces, and media centers.

Trendway sales experts are engaged with facilities managers to determine air purification needs throughout buildings. They counsel on ideal product placement, help complete space plan proposals, manage logistics and delivery, and stay engaged in the post-sales experience. Schools can have Fellowes AeraMax Pro air purifiers delivered in less than two weeks.

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About Fellowes Brands
Celebrating its 103rd year under the private ownership and executive leadership of the Fellowes family, Fellowes Brands is a global leader of broad-based business solutions that help professionals be their best and feel their best. Headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, USA, Fellowes Brands operates from 26 locations across the globe. For more information, please visit fellowesbrands.com.

About Trendway
Located in Holland, Michigan, Trendway Corporation is part of the Contract Interiors division of Fellowes Brands, and helps customers create beautiful and effective work environments with a wide range of furniture and architectural products. A company with over 50 years of exceptional performance, Trendway provides customers peace of mind through outstanding service, quality products, guaranteed delivery, and fast/flexible custom solutions. For more information on Trendway, please visit www.trendway.com.

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