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Ceiling Fans Made in the USA?

Updated: 8/22/2020

With all that is going on in China, many people are wanting to buy ceiling fans made in the USA. The problem is, there are no American made ceiling fans. Nearly all ceiling fans are made in China, with just a few exceptions. All fans sold at home centers and department stores are going to be made in either China or Taiwan, so you can rule those out. Below are fans that we know are NOT made or assembled in China.

Big Ass Fans - Assembled in the USA!

Most of the Big Ass Fans are actually "Assembled in the USA" at their factory in Lexington Kentucky, although the parts are imported mainly from Malaysia. Their well known Haiku and more recent i6 models are among the residential models, which are assembled to order in the USA and tested for perfect balance and performance before being packaged and shipped. They keep no finished product on the shelf, so it takes about 30 days to get one. These fans feature their exclusive SenseMe technology and include WiFi capabilities for use with home automation. They have super efficient proprietary DC motors that 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.

Here are some of the Big Ass fans assembled in the USA:

i6
(assembled in USA)
Haiku
(assembled in USA)
Haiku UV-C Bacteria Killer
(assembled in USA)
Haiku "L" Series
(made in Malaysia)

America USA Ceiling Fan from Matthews

Out of stock until mid September 2020!

Call to get your order in line and avoid further delays: 1-800-201-1193

The America USA ceiling fan from Matthews qualifies for the "Buy America Act" (BAA). This act stipulates guidelines for products that are purchased by the federal government in an effort to keep manufacturing inside the USA. Products that meet these requirements must have a large percentage of domestic labor and components. With the America USA fan, the components that are not made in the USA are made in Taiwan, not China, and the fan is then assembled in the USA .

Matthews Fans - Motors Made in USA

Matthews Fan Company has a series of fans that have motors that are in fact made in the USA by McMillan Electric in Wisconsin. 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". This makes Matthews Fans a "Pan-American" product, which is about as far from made in China as you can get.

These fans are not to be confused with the "Atlas" series that Matthews imports directly from China (with the exception of the above America USA fan). The models below, along with their many variations, are the only Matthews fans that are Assembled in the USA with American Made motors.

Here are some of the Matthews Fans assembled in the USA:

Bruna Perede
(motor made in USA)
Michelle Perede
(motor made in USA)
Italo Ventania
(motor made in USA)
Vent-Betina
(motor made in USA)
Duplo Dynamico
(motor made in USA)
Brisa 2000
(motor made in USA)
Jarold Directional
(motor made in USA)
Bianca Directional
(motor made in USA)

American Ceiling Fan Brands Speak Out

The ceiling fan brands we represent on our website are for the most part USA owned companies who employ American workers. On 7/30/2020 we sent them all a questionnaire so they could chime in on the topic and help you understand how this industry works. Here are the responses we have received so far:

Fanimation:

  1. Do you employ your own team of designers and engineers in the USA to create your fan designs?
    All design concepts are generated in the US by our Vice President of Sales & Marketing, then we work collaboratively with our own team of industrial designers and mechanical engineers in Taiwan to bring the concepts to life. All final product approval is done by our Vice President of Sales & Marketing.
  2. Are all of your fans designed and engineered in the USA, or just some?
    Same as above.
  3. Do you hold US patents for all or some of your ceiling fan designs?
    We hold numerous US design and utility patents on our fans - not all of our fans however where we feel the design, assembly, functionality is patent achievable.
  4. How many direct employees does your company have in the USA (contracted sales reps could be an additional number)?
    Fanimation employs 50 people in the US. We also directly employ 14 people in Taiwan and directly employ 4 of our own quality control inspectors in China. We also have 100+ contracted sales agents in the US who represent our line to over 1000 independent lighting showrooms across the US.
  5. Do you have any USA employees that work in Chinese factories performing tasks like quality control?
    Our Vice President of Sales & Marketing personally inspects all new products prior to production and after the first production run, we also employ 4 of our own employees in China who do quality control inspection that is in addition to the factory quality control inspection.
  6. How does your company work differently with Chinese factories than Home Depot or Lowe’s to produce their Hampton Bay or Harbor Breeze house brands?
    Fanimation is very hands on in the entire process. Nothing is approved unless our Vice President of Sales and Marketing personally reviews the product designs, prototypes and confirmation samples in person. Our team of Taiwanese industrial designers and mechanical engineers reports directly to our Vice President of Sales & Marketing. All of our ceiling fan remote controls and receivers are designed by Fanimation and are not “off of the shelf” units. We source our electrical components from Japan to ensure quality. We do not utilize factory ceiling fan designs or engineering - our designs are our designs and are engineered by us to ensure maximum functionality, quality and safety.
  7. Shop Fanimation Fans Here!

Monte Carlo:

Initial Comments: Although some of our fans are made in China, many of our top designs are Made in Taiwan. We offer as many or more fans made in Taiwan than any manufacturer, and it speaks to not only our quality, but our ability to avoid any tariffs imposed on China-made goods. Even more, ALL of our factories are Taiwanese owned, with headquarters in Taiwan, including the factories we use in China. Unlike China owned factories, the Taiwan-based factories keep it in the family, allowing much better factory partnerships than working with Chinese government owned facilities.

  1. Do you employ your own team of designers and engineers in the USA to create your fan designs?
    We have a team of experienced in-house designers, combined with product lifestyle designers such as Thomas O'Brien, Chapman & Myers, etc., with more coming in January, all based in the USA.
  2. Are all of your fans designed and engineered in the USA, or just some?
    All of our fans are designed and engineered in the USA with corroboration of our long time factories.
  3. Do you hold US patents for all or some of your ceiling fan designs?
    Yes, for some of our designs.
  4. How many direct employees does your company have in the USA (contracted sales reps could be an additional number)?
    We have over 150 employees and reps here in the United States, our own dedicated retail stores, Circa Lighting, and distributors across the country who make a living selling our products.
  5. Do you have any USA employees that work in Chinese factories performing tasks like quality control?
    Yes, we have an office in China with American employees that work directly with the Taiwanese-owned factories in China. Their job is to ensure the factories produce what we have designed and ensure the finished products meet our high standards and performance specifications.
  6. How does your company work differently with Chinese factories than Home Depot or Lowe’s to produce their Hampton Bay or Harbor Breeze house brands?
    The long term relationships we have with our Taiwan factories over the past 25 years gives us far better control over the quality and consistency of our fans. Our ongoing presence with our office in China keeps us in tune with what is happening on a daily basis and allows us to make necessary changes quickly.
  7. Shop Monte Carlo Fans Here!

Craftmade: (Division of Litex Industries)

  1. Do you employ your own team of designers and engineers in the USA to create your fan designs?
    Yes, we have a team of designers/engineers in USA.
  2. Are all of your fans designed and engineered in the USA, or just some?
    Most of our designs that go into our catalog are designed by our USA team. However, our factories work new designs as well that we review and consider/make revisions if we select any of them.
  3. Do you hold US patents for all or some of your ceiling fan designs?
    We used to hold patents on “special/innovative” designs. However, the process is long and expensive. There is not much value on holding a patent unless it is something that is not known/used in the ceiling fan market.
  4. How many direct employees does your company have in the USA (contracted sales reps could be an additional number)?
    On our ceiling fan divisions, approximately 350-375 including contracted reps.
  5. Do you have any USA employees that work in Chinese factories performing tasks like quality control?
    We don’t have any USA employees, but we have our own "Litex China" employees that were trained by our Texas team QC on all items that are manufactured for our catalogs or direct imports. These group rotate between factories, not one is assigned long terms to keep fresh eyes on each of our manufactures. Nothing ships until it passes our QC. All items are also sent to 3rd party testing companies (UL, ETL, etc.) to get the required compliance with US and DOE requirements. We receive a report of all testing. Once the items are shipped and received in our DCs, we select a % of each item per shipment and do local QC to confirm quality. Once everything is approved locally, it is then approved for shipping.
  6. How does your company work differently with Chinese factories than Home Depot or Lowe’s to produce their Hampton Bay or Harbor Breeze house brands?
    Usually these companies/brands have their sourcing team in China. They usually use 3rd party testing facilities to confirm QC standards, etc. We have looked into sourcing from different countries… Taiwan, India, Vietnam, and Mexico. However, most of these countries don’t have the infrastructure that China has developed for manufacturing, and the employees are not trained in this kind of manufacturing. Moving production to other countries would be a long and expensive task, and at this moment we haven’t made a commitment to move to any other place.
  7. Shop Craftmade Fans Here!

Quorum International:

  1. Do you employ your own team of designers and engineers in the USA to create your fan designs?
    Yes.
  2. Are all of your fans designed and engineered in the USA, or just some?
    Some are but not all.
  3. Do you hold US patents for all or some of your ceiling fan designs?
    For some.
  4. How many direct employees does your company have in the USA (contracted sales reps could be an additional number)?
    150 employees in USA and 60 independent sales representatives for Quorum.
  5. Do you have any USA employees that work in Chinese factories performing tasks like quality control?
    No.
  6. How does your company work differently with Chinese factories than Home Depot or Lowe’s to produce their Hampton Bay or Harbor Breeze house brands?

    We design and engineer our products in USA and manufacturing is done in China.
  7. Shop Quorum Fans Here!

Casablanca and Hunter:

  1. Do you employ your own team of designers and engineers in the USA to create your fan designs?
    Yes, we are one of the only brands that design, test, and engineer our own fans in our Memphis, TN office. Most other manufacture cherry pick designs off the shelf from factories in China and add their brand. No other brand invests as much research, engineering, and testing as we do…period.
  2. Are all of your fans designed and engineered in the USA, or just some?
    Yes, we are one of the only brands that design, test, and engineer our own fans in our Memphis, TN office. All of our fans are manufactured by our factory in China. We have an office located in China with direct Hunter employees that monitor quality control for all production.
  3. Do you hold US patents for all or some of your ceiling fan designs?
    Substantially all of Hunter’s ceiling fans are covered by one or more US patents.
  4. How many direct employees does your company have in the USA (contracted sales reps could be an additional number)?
    At least 175.
  5. Do you have any USA employees that work in Chinese factories performing tasks like quality control?
    Our employees in our office in China provide daily quality control monitoring for all of Hunter’s production. Our USA based employees travel to China several times a year to oversee processes and to review quality. The USA based team also conducts pre-production quality control audits in the USA.
  6. How does your company work differently with Chinese factories than Home Depot or Lowe’s to produce their Hampton Bay or Harbor Breeze house brands?
    Please see above. All R&D and testing is exclusively done in house to ensure the utmost quality. Please remember we make up 40% of the ceiling fan marketing with 94% brand awareness among consumers.

Additional selling points:

  • We are by far the oldest ceiling fan manufacture dating back to 1886.
  • We have a lifetime warranty on all Hunter and Casablanca motors.
  • We are the only brand that has an onsite ETL certified lab in the states.
  • We test above and beyond the ETL/UL certification requirements for all ceiling fans.
  • We are the only brand that is partnered with Apple Home Kit on their Wi-Fi platform. Apple exclusively chose Hunter as their partner.
  • Our factory exclusively manufactures for Hunter and no other brands - Most Chinese factories produce a wide variety of products for different competing brands.
  • Our DC is located in Byhalia, MS and we fully stock replacement parts. A lot of brands do not house domestic parts meaning that if something goes wrong you will need to replace the entire fan.
  • Shop Casablanca Fans | Shop Hunter Fans

So then...what about the quality of fans made in China?

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. Fans sold at big box stores typically use less expensive components and less quality control in order to keep costs down to a certain price point. The sweet spot for big box sellers is from $100 to $200. Unfortunately, these cost savings usually translate into less reliable products with lower performance and less functionality.

The better quality fans you find on our site start at around $289 and go up from there. These more expensive models are designed for higher levels of performance, engineered to much tighter tolerances and made with superior quality components necessary to meet those standards.

In the past, many of these American companies did manufacture their products in the USA. When Home Depot and Lowe's started importing their house brands from China and Taiwan, the American factories were forced to shut down and move their manufacturing overseas in order to remain competitive. This is the unfortunate current state of the industry.

We regret that there are no longer any ceiling fans made in the USA. Yet we are happy to report that there are still quality USA ceiling fan companies who take pride in their products. Even though they are now made overseas, they exceed the level of quality you might expect.

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.

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