FABTECH Exhibitor Featured in Wall Street Journal

Big Ass Fans.  That’s the funny, but very apt name for a company that makes…well, some pretty large fans.

Launched in 1999, Kentucky-based Big Ass Fans now sells fans for homes, factories and other buildings in 80 countries.  The factory portion of their business has lead them to FABTECH where they have been exhibitors for at least the past several years.

So we were pleased to see that Big Ass Fans was the subject of a Wall Street Journal story this week.  Turns out, the company’s employees pull in salaries about 30% higher than the U.S. median pay and about 50% more than Kentucky’s median pay.  And in 2013, Big Ass Fans rewarded all of their factory employees with a $1-per-hour raise.

Asked why the generous compensation, company owner Carey Smith has a simple answer, it’s “just good business.”

Read the full Wall Street Journal article to see how Smith’s employees reward him in return with dedication and loyalty.

And for a fun flashback check out our quick interview with Big Ass Fans on the 2012 FABTECH show floor.

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