Published 6/19/2008 by: Hansen Wholesale
With all that is going on in China, more and more people are searching online for American Made products. If you are looking for a ceiling fan that is made in the USA, this article should help you on your quest.
To cut to the chase, there are no ceiling fans that are completely made in the USA. However, one company that stands out if you want the closest thing would be Big Ass Fans. Although some of their fans are manufactured in Malaysia, their well known Haiku and more recent i6 models are actually "Assembled in the USA" at their factory in Lexington Kentucky.
Each of these models are made to order and tested for perfect balance and performance before being packaged and shipped. They keep no inventory on the shelf, so it takes about 30 days to get one. The Haiku and i6 models incorporate proprietary SenseMe technology and include WiFi capabilities for use with home automation. They have super efficient DC motors and move more air than typical ceiling fans while using less electricity, so they are among the greenest fans on the planet.
These fans sell for over $1200.00 and those who own them will tell you they are worth every penny. But if that's more than you are willing to spend for a fan that is "Assembled in the USA", the Haiku L models are made in Malaysia for about half the price, but have less smart technology. Because they are imported, they are kept in stock and ready to ship. So if you want a great fan that is not made in China, the Haiku L are great alternatives.
How About Ceiling fans that are NOT made in China!
To my knowledge, the only other fans sold in the USA that are not partially or completely made over seas are fans made by Matthews Fan Company. Matthews fans are manufactured in South America with some parts manufactured and/or assembled in the USA. Matthews fans are a great alternative for those who prefer not to consider items made in China. However, they fit into a very distinct style niche as you can see from the Matthews fan pictured to the right. Matthews also caries their "Atlas" line of fans which they do in fact import from China. The information on this page does not hold true for the Atlas series, so please do not be misled believing that this information applies to all Matthews fans . Any fan that has Atlas in the name or description is made in China.
Matthews Fans use motors "Made in the USA" by McMillan Electric in Wisconsin in. Other components, such as the motor casing and blades, are manufactured in South America with some parts made specifically in Brazil. The controls used in Matthews fans are made by Lutron, which claims to be American Made. According to Matthews Fan Company, the blades, motor casings and motors are then "Assembled in the USA" making Matthews Fans a "Pan-American" product.
So then...what about the quality of fans made in China?
Nowadays, most brands of fans have different levels of quality within their own brand. Generally, fans sold at home centers and department stores will be of lesser quality than those sold at ceiling fan specialty stores because they use less expensive components and less quality control, which cuts down on production costs. Unfortunately, these cost savings usually translate into lower quality, less reliable products.
Name brands, like those you see on our site, will have more high quality ceiling fan models to offer than lesser brands. The more automation that is used without the added cost of quality control, the less expensive a product will be...but the less consistent the quality will be. So the difference in quality from one brand to another begins with the level of human interaction that one is willing to pay for to achieve consistency every step of the way during production. But most importantly, the highest quality fans will have more superior components that are engineered to much tighter tolerances and performance specifications, which makes them more expensive. So...you get what you pay for really rings true with ceiling fans.
Bottom line here is that we regret that there are no longer any ceiling fans made in the USA, but are happy to report that there are still quality USA ceiling fan companies that take pride in their products and are willing to go the extra mile to ensure the products they have made in China meet or exceed the the level of quality we would expect from them.
For help deciding which fans to choose for your needs, please call Hansen Wholesale at: 1-800-201-1193. We are here to offer you the most excellent service (not offshore either).
For further discussions regarding the differences in quality between ceiling fans, please refer to our Ceiling Fan FAQs page.
Author: Greg Tillotson
Editor in Chief