The UEP Group Announces the Launch of VaughanAir

June 24, 2024

VaughanAir Acquires DuraSystems Barriers, Inc. DuraDuct™ Line of Patented, Innovative Prefabricated Duct Systems

CROFTON, MD, June 24, 2024 — The UEP Group is excited to announce the formation of its newest portfolio company, VaughanAir, and VaughanAir’s strategic acquisition of the innovative DuraDuct™ line of advanced prefabricated duct systems from DuraSystems Barriers, Inc. The acquired products include the industries only patented rectangular 2-, 3-, and 4-hour fire-rated ducts, premium kitchen exhaust ducts, high-performance dishwasher exhaust ducts, specialized laboratory exhaust ducts, robust enclosures, and versatile wall and ceiling panels for a wide range of applications, many of which proudly carry UL and ETL listings. With a unique and patented double wall construction, this duct systems product line is lightweight and impact and moisture resistant. As a result, and unlike traditional ductwork, this duct system does not require additional wraps, is easier to install, saves space due to its slim profile, and the single trade installation reduces labor costs.

“We diligently pursued the acquisition of this business for the strategic opportunities it provides. Adding this unique manufacturing opportunity to our robust lineup of manufacturing rep firms and chimney installation businesses will help us expand our industry presence and provide opportunities for future growth. Our entire team is excited by this significant enhancement to our product offerings and the competitive edge this acquisition gives us,” said Frank Smollon, CEO of The UEP Group.

The DuraSystems representatives network in the US and Canada will remain in place, as will the strong local sales presence that has been established in the Toronto area. In the coming months, additional rep firms will be added to the network in areas that are currently underserved in the US and Canada. Product manufacturing will initially continue in the existing production facilities near Toronto, but will shift to a new, nearby updated facility later this year that is designed to increase capacity and improve production lead times.

“Now that this acquisition has been completed, our plan for growing this business begins with improving the customer experience throughout the customer purchasing cycle – from the initial estimate through product delivery. With this enhanced level of customer service, coupled with the quality product the industry has come to expect, we look forward to growing sales channels leading to deeper market penetration and greater success,” added John Davis, General Manager, VaughanAir.

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