History

In 1971, the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland tested its biological safety cabinets and found that 80 percent of their cabinets failed to protect both personnel and products. In response, the NIH put out a purchase specification (NIH-03-112c) for a new kind of biosafety cabinet, and engineer Max D. Peters got to work in his garage, designing and creating a cabinet that would actually protect the people using it, along with the important work that they were doing. What he came up with ended up being the first modern-day Biological Safety Cabinet, and after he was awarded the NIH contract to make the new cabinets, a new laboratory equipment company -- NuAire -- was born.

Since its humble beginnings in Peters' garage more than 40 years ago, NuAire has grown into a leading laboratory equipment company focused on understanding the needs of its customers and tailoring solutions to meet those needs. The company's original product lines included biological safety cabinets and CO2 incubators. With input from customers like you, NuAire has added many additional product lines, including centrifuges, animal cage changing and procedure cabinets, pharmacy compounding isolators, ultra low temperature freezers, polypropylene fume hoods and much, much more. Today, our company operates out three facilities in Plymouth and Long Lake, Minnesota with over 300,000 square feet of manufacturing space. With a state-of-the-art robotic sheet metal facility, we are able to deliver you custom, innovative laboratory safety solutions in addition to the standard products that we sell.

To date, NuAire has sold more than 100,000 Biosafety Cabinets to customers in more than 150 countries, and there are now NuAire products in use on all seven of the world's continents. Our products make lab work easier and safer, and our biosafety cabinets are celebrated for being quiet, easy to use and efficient to operate while requiring less maintenance. As NuAire continues to grow, we are committed to continuously improving our products and expanding our offerings, and we always strive to provide you with the highest level of personnel, environmental and product protection possible.

Choose NuAire as the safer choice for your laboratory.

From its very inception, NuAire has been a company that is focused on putting you -- our customers -- first.
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1971
NuAire, Inc. Founded by Max D. Peters
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1972
NU-201/301 Horizontal Clean Benches
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1972
NU-407 Biological Safety Cabinet
NU-407 Biological Safety Cabinet
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1975
NU-408 Biological Safety Cabinet
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1978
NU-410 Biological
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1983
NU-415 Biological Safety Cabinet
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1984
NuAire Purchases First CO2 Incubator on an OEM Basis
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1985
NU-425-200 Biological Safety Cabinet
NU-425-200 Biological Safety Cabinet
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1985
NU-425 Biological Safety Cabinet
NU-425 Biological Safety Cabinet
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1986
NU-1500 CO2 Incubator
NU-1500 CO2 Incubator
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1987
NU-2500 CO2 Incubator
NU-2500 CO2 Incubator
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1987
NU-420 Biological Safety Cabinet
NU-420 Biological Safety Cabinet
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1988
NU-3500 CO2 Incubator
NU-3500 CO2 Incubator
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1988
NU-430 Biological Safety Cabinet
NU-430 Biological Safety Cabinet
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1988
NuAire Purchases First Ultralow Temperature Freezer on an OEM Basis
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1989
NU-427 Biological Safety Cabinet
NU-427 Biological Safety Cabinet
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1990
NuAire Introduces a Complete Line of Small Animal Handling Products
NuAire Introduces a Complete Line of Small Animal Handling Products
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1990
NuAire Manufactures First Class I Air Balance Enclosure for the Pharmaceutical Giant Eli Lily, Inc.
NuAire Manufactures First Class I Air Balance Enclosure for the Pharmaceutical Giant Eli Lily, Inc.
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1992
NuAire Develops a Complete Line of Polypropylene Products Including Fume Hoods, Casework, and Laminar Airflow Workstations
NuAire Develops a Complete Line of Polypropylene Products Including Fume Hoods, Casework, and Laminar Airflow Workstations
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1993
Nu-4500 CO2 Incubator
Nu-4500 CO2 Incubator
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1993
NuAire Imports First Ultralow Temperature Freezers from Japan
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1995
NU-440 Biological Safety Cabinet
NU-440 Biological Safety Cabinet
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1998
NU-5500 CO2 Incubator
NU-5500 CO2 Incubator
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1999
NuAire Begins to Sell Third Range of Ultralow Temperature Freezers
NuAire Begins to Sell Third Range of Ultralow Temperature Freezers
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1999
NU-612 Small Animal Cage Changing System Introduced
NU-612 Small Animal Cage Changing System Introduced
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1999
NuAire Introduces a New Line of Water-Jacketed CO2 Incubators
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2000
NU-8500 CO2 Incubator
NU-8500 CO2 Incubator
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2001
NU-437 Biological Safety Cabinet
NU-437 Biological Safety Cabinet
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2001
First European Sales Meeting in Munich, Germany
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2002
NU-610 LabGard Dual Access Class II Type A2 BSC
NU-610 LabGard Dual Access Class II Type A2 BSC
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2002
NU-629 LabGard Class I Type A2 BSC Procedure / Cage Changing System
NU-629 LabGard Class I Type A2 BSC Procedure / Cage Changing System
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2003
NU-5510 DHD AutoFlow CO2 Incubator with Decontamination Cycle
NU-5510 DHD AutoFlow CO2 Incubator with Decontamination Cycle
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2004
NU-797 PharmaGard Isolators
NU-797 PharmaGard Isolators
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2004
NU-5100 DuraFlow / PureCell
NU-5100 DuraFlow / PureCell
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2005
European Warehouse Opens in the Netherlands
European Warehouse Opens in the Netherlands
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2005
NU-617 Sit-down Small Animal Cage Changing Cabinet
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2006
NU-480 CellGard Euro Class II BSC
NU-480 CellGard Euro Class II BSC
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2007
Niagara Building Opens Featuring NuAire Training Center
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2007
NU-450 LabGard Class II BSC Manufactured in China
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2007
NU-400 Series BSC Series 50 Improvements
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