LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – Big Ass Solutions, the maker of Big Ass Fans and Big Ass Light, has announced its latest innovation, AirEye. The first fan of its kind to detect motion and shut off automatically, AirEye is the quietest, longest-lasting, easiest-to-clean, highest efficiency personal cooler ever made. Existing directional fans break down often, make excessive […]
Lexington, KY – Dec. 7, 2016 – Big Ass Solutions (the parent company of Big Ass Fans) is building the world’s toughest and brightest battery-powered LED work light, and offering it first through Indiegogo. The Big Ass Light Bar was built to uncompromising quality standards. Its durable design makes it ideal for hardworking Americans in […]
Since retiring from The Tonight Show in 2014, Jay Leno has stayed busy working on his personal car collection, one of the world’s largest, with more than 150 automobiles and 100 motorcycles. To keep cool while he and his staff restore vintage vehicles, Leno uses Big Ass Fans’ Black Jack and AirGo fans.
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA), in partnership with Hospitality Design magazine announced this year’s IIDA/HD Product Design Competition winners. Big Ass Solutions won best Hardware or Decorative Metal/Plastics with the sleek, minimalist design of Haiku fans.
Headquarters: Lexington, Kentucky
International offices: Australia, Canada, Malaysia and Singapore
About the name: The company’s massive ceiling fans first hit the market with the unremarkable brand name “HVLS Fan Company.” After years of customers referring to them as big ass fans, the company adopted the name.
Annual sales: Revenue reached a record $240 million in 2016, up from $207 million in 2015.
Historical sales: Since the company’s founding, revenue has increased 43% annually on average.
Perennial Inc. 5000 honoree: Big Ass Fans has earned 11 consecutive rankings on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies. It’s a feat achieved by only 34 other businesses.
International reach: Big Ass products are sold in more than 160 countries.
Fortune 500: More than 70% of Fortune 500 companies use Big Ass products.
Dow Jones Industrial Average: Nearly 80% of the companies making up the Dow Jones Industrial Average use Big Ass products.
Famous friends: Well-known customers include American Airlines, British Airways, Coca-Cola, Costco, Daytona International Speedway, Delta Air Lines, Gas Monkey Garage, Home Depot, Ikea, Jim Beam, Lowe’s, NASA, PepsiCo, Planet Fitness, Starbucks, Target, Tesla, United Airlines and Whole Foods. Big Ass Fans can also be found in hundreds of stadiums and arenas worldwide.
Close to home: More than 5,000 interior designers recommend the company’s Haiku Home residential fans and lights.
High wages: Employees’ average annual wages exceed the national average by 29% and Kentucky’s by 53%.
Lucrative bonuses: The company pays a percentage of profits annually to all employees as bonuses. Other bonus programs offered include on-time attendance for production workers, employee referrals, “Fanny chips” redeemable for gift cards and other goodies, and a holiday cash raffle each December.
Fan diameters: Big Ass Fans range from 18 inches to 24 feet.
Premium materials: The company’s Haiku residential fans are handcrafted of real materials including bamboo and aluminum. Finishes include oil-rubbed bronze, satin nickel, brushed copper and brushed gold.
R&D spending: The company spends nearly twice the industry average on research and development. During the Great Recession, the company spent the equivalent of one-third of its annual revenue to construct the world’s only laboratory built specifically for testing large-diameter fans.
Award-winning: The company’s Haiku residential ceiling fan has won more than 75 design and technology awards.
Stay cool: Big Ass Fans provide up to a 10oF cooling effect.
Energy savings: Big Ass Fans save companies up to 30% on energy bills in summer and winter. Big Ass Light LED fixtures use up to 50% less energy than metal halides and up to 30% less than fluorescents. Adding occupancy sensors leads to an additional 30-65% in energy savings.
Jon Bostock came to Big Ass Solutions from General Electric. He held a variety of positions throughout GE, but there was one common thread – he always went against the grain, avoiding the company’s prescribed career paths to take on its hardest challenges. This contrarian nature drew him to Big Ass Solutions. Jon joined the famously disruptive company to tackle the unique challenges of helping a quality-focused, direct-sales manufacturer reach its potential.
He’s no stranger to pushing the status quo. Prior to GE, he spent several years exploring his entrepreneurial side, co-founding a tech company in the early 2000s that allowed users to download newscasts to new-fangled devices called “iPods.” In his free time, Jon enjoys creating abstract art and spending time with his wife and two sons. After a glass or two of bourbon, he’ll happily tell you about the similarities between creating art and running a business.
At Big Ass Solutions, 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.