An interview with Chelsea Vanegas
Vanaire designs top-tier customized air pollution control systems. Every project is made-to-order, so no two jobs are the same. It manufactures its ventilation equipment with predominantly corrosion-resistant components and materials such as Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), CPVC, PVDF, fiberglass, and polypropylene materials.
The company offers complete line turnkey services, working from the design of the ventilation equipment to the engineering and manufacturing process on the floor to providing installation services and preventative maintenance after the equipment has been installed.
Custom PVC Fume Scrubbers Designed to Meet Specific Needs
Vanaire offers PVC fume scrubbers or PVC wet scrubbers. PVC is a durable and corrosion-resistant material. It is a cost-effective option that is lightweight yet strong and substantial. “This is a great substitute for commonly used building materials like metal, or wood,” says Chelsea Vanegas, the marketing specialist at Vanaire. “The engineers at Vanaire have a vast knowledge and skill in working with PVC, which allows them to manufacture high-quality solutions for our customers.”
Because each project is completely custom, the designers and engineers will consider variables such as the recirculation rate, cross-section, packing depth and type, and spray pattern and reinforcing when constructing each fume scrubber. Every system is designed and manufactured according to the customer’s efficiency expectations and their facility’s conditions. Depending on the customer’s needs, the fume scrubbers are available in vertical/countercurrent or horizontal/crossflow arrangements.
“A countercurrent or crossflow PVC fume scrubber manufactured by Vanaire will have unparalleled efficiency in removing water-soluble contaminants using gas absorption processes or mechanical impingement,” Vanegas explains. “Because they are customized specifically to the customer’s needs and state compliance requirements, these fume scrubbers are an exceptional solution for even the roughest environments.”
Vanaire Fume Scrubbers are built to meet the highest industry standards and to withstand extreme conditions. “The products are highly corrosion resistant with the use of PVC, solid fiberglass, filament-wound fiberglass, polypropylene, and CPVC,” Vanegas notes. “The company has two separate facilities that house different procedures. One facility includes a thermoplastics shop, and the other is a fiberglass shop. This allows the engineers to focus on these individual components in each shop and build a product based on the system requirements to offer the best solution for each application.”
Vanaire Will Take on Any Challenging Project
“Because Vanaire customizes each application,” Vanegas emphasizes, “the business is continuing to improve through the challenges faced and knowledge gained with each project. Our engineering resources must employ creative and unique solutions to the most demanding applications.”
A project in Indiana involved a solution for a high-rate steel production line. It required Vanaire to design and install a complete system with an entirely enclosed process to control the air pollution that was generated. “This was a difficult and aggressive problem that required a unique solution,” Vanegas reports. “Vanaire was able to come up with a one-of-a-kind solution and worked on that project from the cradle to the grave and built the entire line. The company has now provided maintenance to keep it in optimally operating.”
Another challenging Vanaire project took place on a rooftop. There was no way to access the top of the building with a lift or any other type of equipment. However, the company still found a solution by using a helicopter to fly materials up to the location so that the team could successfully install the project. “That’s a favorite story around here,” Vanegas laughs. “There are still photos of that day laying around here somewhere.”
The company has also met the challenges of many tight deadlines. “Because Vanaire is dedicated to meeting the customer’s timelines, the staff can put up lights and work shifts around the clock,” Vanegas remarks. “This company is devoted to the customer and willing to take on any challenging project. We will find a solution.”
50 years of a Family-Owned Minority Business
This year, Vanaire is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It is a family-owned company with three generations of built-upon knowledge, expertise, and hands-on work in the field. The company is also a certified minority-owned business. “My grandfather started this business 50 years ago,” Vanegas emphasizes. “In 1992, he was recognized as owning one of the 100 largest Hispanic-owned firms in the U.S. He also met with Vice President Al Gore to discuss the NAFTA trade agreement and give his input on the effects of the industry.
“We are very proud of the business my grandfather started and developed,” she adds. “My cousin and I are the upcoming generation at Vanaire, and we are both women. Hopefully, one day the company will be women-owned as well, and we’re really excited about that fact.”
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