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Alexa Voice Control Now Available for Haiku Fans in Canada

June 6, 2018

Big Ass Fans® announced today that Canadian owners of its Haiku® residential ceiling fans can now control them using Amazon’s Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices. Haiku is the first ceiling fan to offer voice control for Alexa users in Canada. Just in time for warmer spring temperatures, these commands allow users to turn Haiku on […]

Big Ass Fans unveils Big Ass Fan Club

February 14, 2018

Big Ass Fans® has long had rabid customers and now they have a community to call home, as the company today launched the Big Ass Fan Club. And what better day to roll out the Big Ass Fan Club than on a day all about love? Joining the Big Ass Fan Club offers access to […]

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Media Coverage

The New York Times highlights Big Ass Fans

June 6, 2018

The New York Times cited Big Ass Fans® in an article today about how ceiling fans work with air conditioning to more efficiently cool spaces. Writer Kendra Pierre-Louis noted how fans help better circulate conditioned air and use far less energy than air conditioners. Click here to read the article.

Ad Age recognizes marketing at Big Ass Fans

May 23, 2018

Ad Age Columnist Drew Neisser published today an in-depth look at Big Ass Fans’ approach to marketing. From the history of the company’s quirky name to the importance placed on potential customers experiencing the product, the article and accompanying podcast reveal how “humor and personality” are “essential elements of the company’s success,” Neisser writes. Click […]

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About The Company

History

Founded: 1999

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.

Growth

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.

Customers

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.

Employees

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.

Products

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.

Get to Know the CEO

Lennie Rhoades, Chief Executive Officer

Lennie joined Big Ass Fans in 2018 after successful stints managing and growing various billion-dollar manufacturing operations. Though a diehard “product guy,” Lennie is equally adept at managing people. He’ll tell you that a big part of his job is motivating “a bunch of engineers who all think they’re the smartest ones in the room, and some almost certainly are.” That makes him perfect for Big Ass Fans and our strong contingent of (smart-ass) engineers.

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Awards

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.