Our success is based on our ability to solve our customers’ problems
and the fact that we’ve never been afraid to try new things.
—Carey Smith, Chief Big Ass
By AnnMarie Martin | Photography courtesy of Big Ass Solutions
Big Ass Solutions has come a long way since its inception in 1999. Founded as the HVLS Fan Company, the company realized
there was a need in the industrial market for
spaces like barns and warehouses that are
so large and open that air conditioning is not
effective. Since creating that very first fan for
such areas, Big Ass Solutions blossomed into
a full service provider of not just fans for the
industrial, commercial, and even residential
markets, but lighting as well.
“We never imagined that the company
would grow as large as it has, or [provide]
the breadth of products and services it now
offers,” said Carey Smith, Chief Big Ass. “Our
success is based on our ability to solve our
customers’ problems and the fact that we’ve
never been afraid to try new things.”
Read on to see how the company evolved
from just big fans to even bigger solutions.
HVLS Fan Company hits the scene with its first
“big ass fan,” measuring a whopping 20 feet in
diameter (today they measure up to 24). Initially
meant to cool cows in dairy barns and improve milk
production, it helped HVLS realize that, similarly,
when people are comfortable they will also be more
productive in factories and warehouses.
The company officially changes its name
to Big Ass Fans, after years of customers
calling to ask: “Hey, are you the guys who
make those big-ass fans?” The name
stuck. People also started to get creative
with these behemoths, placing them into
larger public and commercial spaces.
Big Ass Fans begins to design
a completely silent and energy-efficient motor technology to
better accommodate these
new uses, which leads to the
first targeted commercial fans:
Element, Isis, and Essence.