In 1999, the Big Ass Fan Company was born. Kind of. Then called the HVLS Fan Co. (that’s High Volume, Low Speed—catchy, right?), we first made our mark selling massive ceiling fans that spun slowly but moved astounding amounts of air. The fans kept large spaces that lacked air conditioning, such as factories and dairy barns, feeling cool and comfortable—and soon enough, plenty of other customers wanted in. Things moved fast after that (and kept moving). Only a few years later, we officially changed our name after customers kept calling and asking if we made “those big-ass fans.” When churches wanted to install fans to keep congregations comfortable, we developed the first silent fan motor to meet their needs.
We created a residential fan that blew away ENERGY STAR® ratings and won awards worldwide. In 2014, we had the bright idea to create an LED fixture made of heavy-duty anodized, extruded aluminium so it can handle whatever you can dish out, launching a division appropriately called Big Ass Light™.
Soon we automated personal comfort by adding SenseME® technology to our residential fans. In 2016, we launched a new division — Haiku Home — to transform the home through cutting edge technology, iconic design and effortless conservation.
And we’ve backed everything with serious research, intensive engineering, and an almost obsessive drive to innovate and improve. No matter what we’re doing, we go Big Ass every single day, and we’re not stopping.
Haiku® Home residential division launches, confirming the company’s position as an industry leader in connected home technology. Products include fans, automated lights and efficient home heating and cooling systems.
We expand our international reach into Canada by opening an office outside Toronto. The path to Big Ass domination now includes 800 employees in locations including Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Canada.
Our expansion continues as we hire our 500th employee. Big Ass Light makes its debut with industrial-strength LED light fixtures for all applications, and the addition of SenseME technology to Haiku makes it the world’s first smart fan.
We hire our 300th employee and open a new headquarters and another manufacturing facility in Lexington. This becomes the home of Haiku with SenseME, the only residential ceiling fan to boast the Made in USA label.
Our Haiku residential fan debuts. Hand-balanced, wobble-free, guaranteed silent and undeniably gorgeous, it goes on to be named ENERGY STAR most efficient. Popular Science recognizes it as the “World’s Quietest Fan.”
In a testament to our commitment to innovative applications, MASS Design Group installs Big Ass Fans in a new Rwandan health clinic. The seven fans circulate the clinic’s air over UV lights, killing airborne pathogens. Take that, germs.
We open the world’s only R&D lab built specifically for testing big fans. The building is even LEED® Gold, showing we walk the walk and talk the talk on efficiency. Meanwhile, our AirGo® mobile fan brings Big Ass air movement to floors.
Element, the first fan designed for quiet, air-conditioned spaces like churches and auditoriums, makes its debut. Our path to worldwide domination begins as we say g’day to our first international office in Brisbane, Australia.
Doubling in size in less than two years, we hire our 100th employee. Our growth gets noticed: Inc. names us to its inaugural Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. We’ve been on the list ever since.
We hire our 50th employee and move into a new 98,000-sq-ft headquarters. The facility houses everything from manufacturing and customer service to sales and marketing, as well as an assortment of pool and shuffleboard tables.
After years of research and development, blood, sweat and tears, the Powerfoil® industrial fan is born. Adding winglets increases fan’s efficiency. We also sell our 5,000th fan. More celebrations ensue.
The name change to Big Ass Fans is official! We paint a mural of Fanny over an existing liquor ad on our new headquarters. This wholesome choice pisses off a city council member but attracts plenty of amused sightseers.
With products installed in barns, industrial facilities, warehouses and many more spaces, we celebrate the sale of our 1,000th fan. This is a Big Ass deal—and, even better, it’s just the beginning. Hundreds of thousands more will follow.
Customers refer to the large fans as “big-ass fans,” and Big Ass executives spend several hours convincing a donkey dubbed Fanny to strike a now-famous pose. Postmasters in seven states refuse to deliver the resulting postcard.
The HVLS Fan Company—what will become Big Ass Fans—is born in Lexington, KY. The big fans are perfect for dairy barns, but they’re not officially Big Ass (yet). We record our first sale on May 1 and sell 112 fans by the end of the year.
At Big Ass Fans®, we have an insatiable drive to improve, engineer, design, test, re-engineer, re-design and re-test until we get it just right. We don’t do things halfway — we go Big Ass®. And we’ve got the awards to prove it.