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Decades of revolutionizing the craft of fan making

From the inner workings of fans, to their outward design and style, to leveraging technology for greater control and convenience, one common thread has been a part of Fanimation from the very beginning: innovation. Click through our timeline below to see how Fanimation first revolutionized how we thought about fans and how, over three decades, we continue to innovate and transform this industry.


Tom Frampton, a junior in high school, begins working for Burton A. Burton, who formed the Casablanca Fan Company by 1975.


Frampton creates his first fan design, The Punkah®, a side-to-side, synchronized fan.


Frampton leaves Casablanca with its Specialty Fan Department and begins Fanimation in Pasadena, California. He starts the company in his garage, with three unique fan designs (Punkah®, Palmetto® and Bourbon Street®).


The Palisade® fan is designed.


The Islander® fan is introduced.


Fanimation relocates from California to Indiana.


Fanimation moves its headquarters to Lebanon, Indiana.


The Enigma® fan is introduced.


Fanimation opens its new corporate headquarters in Zionsville, Indiana.


  • Fanimation celebrates its 20th anniversary.
  • The Enigma makes its Hollywood debut in the movie I, Robot. This ceiling fan won the coveted role of featured ceiling fan because of its futuristic look and mass appeal.


Fanimation introduces seven new fans: The Fargo™, The Vetricco™, The Draco™, The Centaurus™, The Volare™, The Belize™, The Alamosa™, and two damp location fans, The Torrento™ and The Belleria™, along with the Islander lighting line.


  • Fanimation introduces The Keoki™, The Mavrik™and the Air Shadow™, a fan with retractable blades that close when the fan is not in use.
  • Fanimation also collaborates with designer Lauren Brooks on two elegant fans.
  • The company introduces The Hubbardton Forge® Series, a line of fans that complements the existing Hubbardton Forge® lighting line.


  • Fanimation introduces fanSync™, an app that can control most AC motor, three-speed fans right from a smart device. 
  • Fanimation celebrates its 30th anniversary.


myFanimation mix and match is launched, putting design in the hands of customers as they select a motor, blades, fitters and glass to build their own fan.

*Fanimation is not affiliated with Davis Entertainment, Laurence Mark Productions, Overbrook Films and Mediastream IV, the producers of iRobot.


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Antique fan museum

The museum houses some 450 antique fans some dating to the early 1880's. Tom's own unique collection of fans, are now part of the museum collection as hundreds of antique advertising style hand fans and other memorabilia.

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