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March 29, 2021 – Blue Grass Airport is proud to join the Big Ass Fans Clean Air System family. The airport joins fellow Clean Air System customers (Toyota, Tiffany & Co., Orangetheory Fitness, lululemon, Carnegie Mellon University) to install the company's air disinfection technology to ensure a safer, healthier space for staff and patrons alike.

Proven to significantly and safely reduce aerosolized SARS-CoV-2 from the air and mitigate infection risk, Big Ass Fans' independently tested system delivers better air quality to occupied spaces with a focus on air disinfection and deactivation of pathogens, viruses, bacteria, and other harmful particulates.

"This latest Big Ass Fans product is a welcome addition to our terminal facility," said Eric Frankl, executive director at Blue Grass Airport. "Given the continuing global pandemic, we want to assure our passengers that we are doing what we can to provide a safe and clean environment. This fan, with its latest disinfecting technology, makes that possible. We are so fortunate and proud to have a company as innovative as Big Ass Fans in our own backyard."

"[Clean Air System] can effectively deactivate SARS-CoV-2 at a rate significant enough to implement in any facility and provide a valuable level of sterilization and decontamination to the environment in which it is implemented." - Innovative BioAnalysis report (Biosafety Level 3 laboratory)

"Alongside Big Ass Fans' extensive internal research and development of Clean Air System, our work with independent labs allows us to quantify and verify the reduction of harmful viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, and other pathogens," said Lennie Rhoades, CEO Big Ass Fans. "These third-party results give our customers confidence Clean Air System will keep their people and businesses safer, and seeing it serve our immediate community and those who visit Lexington is extra special."

About Big Ass Fans

Starting in 1999, Big Ass Fans pioneered the high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fan industry by introducing large industrial fans to agricultural spaces. Recognizing the fans' versatility, our customers began to install them in warehouses, factories, commercial spaces, and homes. With each new application, our engineers set out to design the perfect solution to meet our customers' needs. Our dedication to innovation has led us to develop the industry's first silent motor technology, smart fan controls and automation, and air disinfection technologies. For more information about Big Ass Fans, visit,, or call 877-BIG-FANS.

About Blue Grass Airport

Located in Lexington, Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport offers non-stop and connecting service to hundreds of destinations worldwide. The airport served more than 1.4 million passengers in 2019 and supports our community with an economic output exceeding $370 million. During this global pandemic, Blue Grass Airport continues to serve the traveling public and is committed to making health and safety a top priority.

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