It all started twenty-seven years ago with a man, a garage, a concept and a dream. The man was Tom Frampton, his garage was in Pasadena, California, his concept was to design unique and innovative ceiling fans and his dream was to channel his passion for creating high quality ceiling fans into a revenue producing enterprise. Tom’s first ceiling fan design, The Punkah®, transformed his dream into a reality and Fanimation was born. It was not long before Tom’s exceptional ceiling fan designs created a buzz and he realized that his one-man operation could not keep up with the demand. As word spread and Fanimation’s popularity increased, Tom decided to expand his business operations and relocate Fanimation’s headquarters from southern California to central Indiana.
Over the course of the next two decades, Fanimation evolved from one man and his dream into a thriving international business. Today Fanimation sells its ceiling fans to more than 1,500 retail stores and ships its products to more than twenty-three countries. In recent years, Tom passed the Fanimation torch to his son, Nathan Frampton, who has enthusiastically pursued Fanimation’s mission to deliver ground breaking ceiling fan designs. Under Nathan’s leadership, Fanimation has continued to grow its business while maintaining the family oriented corporate culture that defines Fanimation almost as much as its cutting edge designs.
Fanimation ceiling fans have been utilized in a wide variety of venues ranging from residential homes to world renowned theme parks. Several critically acclaimed designs have also been featured in Vanity Fair, Modernism and Phoenix Home and Garden. In addition to print publication, Fanimation has graced the silver screen in the movie I,Robot been featured on HGTV and made appearances on Extreme Makeover Home Addition. With designs like the traditional Americana®, the tropical Islander®, the transitional Akira™ and the contemporary Marea™, it’s easy to see why Fanimation is an industry leader with Hollywood appeal.
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