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 39% 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 170 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 4,000 interior designers recommend the company’s Haiku fans.

Employees

High wages: Employees’ average annual wages exceed the national average by 27% and Kentucky’s by 52%.

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, and “Fanny chips” redeemable for gift cards and other goodies.

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 and polished aluminum.

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.

News Releases

Big Ass Fans’ Haiku Adds Google Assistant Voice Control

February 19, 2019

The list of available smart home integrations continues to grow as Haiku now works with Google Assistant voice control. It’s part of a continued commitment to deliver convenient comfort control to customers. For the full press release on Haiku’s new capability, click here.

Big Ass Fans Welcomes ACI Mechanical & HVAC Sales to the Family

February 18, 2019

The Big Ass Fans family is growing! We’re excited to welcome ACI Mechanical & HVAC Sales to the fold. For more on our newest distributor, check out the full press release here.

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Media Coverage

The New York Times mentions Big Ass Fans

January 13, 2019

Big Ass Fans is no stranger to the national spotlight. Most recently, the New York Times featured the Big Ass Fans Beer Fridge in its article on food and beverage perks at companies across the country. Check out the full piece, “There Is a Free Lunch, After All. It’s At The Office.”

Green Building & Design features Big Ass Fans

January 3, 2019

Big Ass Fans continues to lead the way as the industry innovator and thought leader in HVLS fan design and implementation. Green Building & Design Magazine recently featured Big Ass Fans in its “4 Things to Know Before Installing Ceiling Fans”  piece published in the January issue of gb&d. Check out the piece here before […]

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Media Fact Sheets

Big Ass Fans Overview
Haiku with SenseME® Technology
Saving Energy in Summer

Speaking Requests

Big Ass executives frequently address business and education groups of all types. Interested in a speaker for your next event? Email speaking@bigassfans.com

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.