Published 6/19/2008 by: Hansen Wholesale
Now more than ever, with all that is going on in China, people are searching online for ceiling fans that are Made in the USA. I have written this short article to help you in your quest.
The truth is, American Made ceiling fans are a thing of the past. There simply are no longer any ceiling fans that are Made in the USA. Furthermore, with only one exception that I am aware of, ALL ceiling fans sold in the USA are either partially or completely manufactured in China or Taiwan. I differentiate between Taiwan and China because fans that state they are made Taiwan are generally lesser quality than those that that say made in China
I am not including historical data or reasoning behind the move of all ceiling fan manufacturing to China because that would require a small novel. I am only stating the fact that it has happened. So if you are searching for a ceiling fan that is NOT made in China, you will have a hard time finding one, because they do not exist...except:
Ceiling fans that are NOT made in China...The One Exception!
To my knowledge, the only fans sold in the USA that are not Partially or Completely Made in China are those offered 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 Fans use motors that are "Made in the USA" by McMillan Electric in Wisconson. 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 departement stores will be of lesser quality than those sold at ceiling fan speciality 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 acheive 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
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