Big Ass Fans CEO Carey Smith
Lexington, KY – Crediting its smaller line of fans that service commercial and residential needs, Big Ass Fans has announced the sale of its 100,000th fan.
“Big Ass Fans initially focused on keeping industrial buildings comfortable, but our customers consistently told us they wanted smaller versions of our fans for their homes, churches or favorite restaurants,” said Big Ass Fans founder and CEO Carey Smith.
The company added its Element and Isis lines starting in 2008 to serve commercial users looking for the larger-style fans for use in places like health clubs, restaurants and hotels. The Element line, launched in 2008, has a diameter range from 12 feet to 20 feet. Isis, which came around in 2009, ranges from eight feet to 12 feet.
Last year the company got into the residential market with its Haiku line, a series of fans measuring five feet in diameter for homes. Haiku fans are available in bamboo and composite blades, with retail prices starting at $825.
Between 2009 and 2012, Big Ass Fan’s annual revenue increased from $34 million to $87 million, and the number of employees nearly tripled to 350.