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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 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

Big Ass Fans has received wide recognition as a company with a positive work environment and enormous potential, and we owe that to our dedicated employees. Accolades earned include multiple designations as one of the "Best Places to Work in Kentucky," Forbes' "America's Best Small Companies," Inc. 5000's fastest-growing private companies, and Fortune's "50 Best Workplaces for Recent College Graduates.

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 Welcomes Mechanical Sales Inc. to the Family

December 1, 2019

The Big Ass Fans family continues to grow. We’re excited to announce Mechanical Sales, Inc. as the distributor of Big Ass Fans products for the design and new construction market in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mechanical Sales Inc. has provided expertise in the HVAC industry since 1967. The Mechanical Sales team consists of […]

Big Ass Fans Welcomes Fontanesi & Kann to the Family

August 1, 2019

The Big Ass Fans family continues to grow. We’re excited to announce Fontanesi & Kann Company as the distributor of Big Ass Fans products for the design and new construction market in Michigan and Northwest Ohio. Fontanesi & Kann started as an air distribution company in 1957 and has evolved into an award-winning company built […]

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Media Coverage

Big Ass Fans Makes New York Times Shopping List

April 1, 2019

New York-based interior designer Michael Cox recently weighed in on finding the right ceiling fan for a designed space. Naturally, Haiku by Big Ass Fans made the cut! Check out the full New York Times article written by Tim McKeough here.

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.”

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Media Fact Sheets

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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.