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How a local Howard County business is using existing technology to fight the battle against Coronavirus.

Ultra-violet light has been successfully  killing airborne pathogens for more than a century, which is why Bob Henig, owner of Bob’s BMW Motorcycles, opted to install UVGI lights throughout the dealership’s HVAC systems to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

Jessup, MD: Bob’s BMW Motorcycles remains committed to providing the healthiest, safest, and most comfortable work environment while doing its best to provide customers with an enjoyable and complete shopping experience.

Like countless other small businesses in today’s world, Bob’s BMW Motorcycles has explored ways to help its employees and patrons feel safe and comfortable in these unusual times. In addition to closely following every guideline and recommendation outlined in the Maryland Roadmap to Recovery, Bob’s BMW has successfully identified and implemented additional methods to create a clean and safe shopping experience. Bob’s BMW is proud to announce its most recent layer of protection against COVID-19 and other airborne viruses and germs: the installation of a state-of-the-art Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) system.

According to owner Bob Henig, “Bob’s BMW had a unique advantage. Many business operations don’t have standalone facilities and/or they share HVAC systems, while other businesses rent their spaces and have little if any control over facility changes or investment decisions. As a small business owner that owns my facility, I didn’t think twice about installing a UVGI system into the dealership. In fact it was something we were considering even before Coronavirus hit.”

The UGVI system is similar to those used in hospitals and surgery centers for air purification. It kills 99% of all germs and viruses as air passes through the HVAC system. The technology uses UV-C light, which is particularly effective at killing airborne pathogens. Not only does this technology help eliminate viruses and germs in the air we breathe, but also on most surfaces within the air-treated environment such as clothing, carpeting, and hard surfaces like desks, merchandise, and in Bob’s BMW’s specific case, motorcycles.

“The likely barrier to other businesses following suit will be cost, but the proven effectiveness of UGVI is worth the investment,” shares Bob Henig.

Hanna Creekmore, Marketing and Communications Manager of Bob’s BMW Motorcycles, adds “The best part about the UVGI system is that it works in the background to provide the extra layer of protection to the safety measures we currently have in place. It’s reassuring that our staff and customers are as safe as they can possibly be while working in and visiting the dealership, and it helps restore a sense of normalcy.” 


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