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 aluminum 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.
Our first foray into crowdfunding is a huge success, and the handheld, powerful Big Ass Light Bar is enthusiastically backed and launched. Other exciting products: the all-seeing AirEye personal industrial fan and beautiful additions to Haiku's Artisan Collection.
The Haiku® Home residential division launches, confirming the company's position as an industry leader in connected home technology. Products include automated fans and lights. We also open our first-ever showroom anywhere, in Houston.
We expand our international reach into Canada by opening an office outside Toronto. The path to Big Ass domination now includes locations in 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 our Haiku residential ceiling fan.
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 the 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.
It Takes a Big Ass Village
Doing Things the Big Ass Way
No Middlemen, No Markups, No B.S.
If You Want It Built Right,
You'd Better Build It Yourself
Sit Back, Relax and
Let Us Handle Things
You Can Call Us
But We'll Call You, Too
It takes a certain type of person to work at a place called Big Ass Fans®—which is why our employees are our best asset (so to speak). Our people are smart, curious, hardworking, dedicated and always open to learning new things. Whether they’re building fans, selling lights, designing the tech of the future or crunching mountains of numbers, we wouldn’t go far without each and every member of our growing, worldwide team.
We’re a lot more than just manufacturing, too. With a talented team of engineers, we’re constantly pushing the boundaries of what our products can do. Our sales team includes LEED®-accredited professionals who help make projects as green as humanly possible. What we’re saying is we know what we’re doing.
Want in? Learn more about everything from International Sales to IT (and check out our current job openings) on our careers page.
Our…ahem…provocative name originated with our original product: massive overhead fans that brought comfort and energy savings to large industrial and agricultural buildings. Today, though, Big Ass Fans® is much more than industrial—and much more than Big Ass Fans®. We make fans, lights, controls and innovative solutions of all sorts.
Big Ass® means using quality, form and function to solve problems in the built environment. How do we do that? We have a talented team of engineers and the world’s only R&D facility (which is LEED® Gold, no less) dedicated to testing air movement on a grand scale. We speak to our customers directly to understand and solve their problems. But mostly it comes from an insatiable drive to improve, engineer, design, test, re-engineer, re-design and re-test until we get it just right—and then start all over again. We don’t do things half-ass; we always go Big Ass®. And that’s precisely why there’s No Equal®.
We love working directly with our customers. We’ve done it since the beginning. Those conversations let us learn about our customers’ problems (so we can figure out new, better ways to solve them), give us a direct channel to hear their feedback and help us build relationships that last for years.
Why buy directly from the manufacturer? Why would you ever do anything else? Since we’re the ones who design, test, build and ship our products, we know them inside and out. That means we can find the absolute best products for your space, help you install them the right way, and take care of you (and them) for years to come.
We make things here—and we make them the right way. That’s why most of our operations (engineering, design, manufacturing, sales, service) are located within a stone’s throw of each other in Lexington, Kentucky. Things just work better when the people making our products can tell the people designing them what could be better, different and streamlined to make our whole operation run more efficiently
Oh, and because we make our products, we can make them special just for you. Want a fan that’s orange and red with green winglets? Just say the word. We’ve got you covered.
Busy? Of course you are. You have a mile-long list of important things to do, and installing your new Big Ass Fans® and Big Ass Light fixtures isn’t on it. That’s why we offer turnkey installation. We handle the installation, so you can handle the rest of your job. We work around your schedule, we’re in and out in no time, and we clean up after ourselves. All you have to worry about is—actually, scratch that, you don’t have to worry about a thing.
You get a dedicated Big Ass® project manager, who handles every last detail of your project as soon as you sign on the dotted line (or whatever type of line you prefer). You get the expertise of our factory certified installation team, made up of elite, highly trained professionals who know our products inside and out—and love nothing more than installing them the right way. Most of all, you get peace of mind knowing your install’s going to be done right the first time.
Like most companies, we want to make sure our customers are happy. Unlike most companies, we reach out to every one of our customers to see how things are going.
Yep. Every single customer. We’ve got a whole team devoted to it.
Our Customer Advocates are a separate, independent wing of Big Ass Fans®—they’re paid by the company, but they work for our customers. Not only do they reach out to everyone who buys a product, they also handle any issues that come up in the process and serve as the voice of the customer as we develop and improve our products. They love feedback (good, bad or in between) and take pride showing our customers that we really do want to hear from them—so much that we’ll be the ones to reach out first.
It’s just one more way we keep the Big Ass® relationship going. Remember, we’re in this for the long haul.
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.