It takes a team to market the fan Vornado designs but it takes an army of people just to make one.
And it starts with one man, Glen Ediger, Director of Design, Research & Development.
All of Glen's designs begin as ideas.
"We have computer programs where we digitally rotate, revolve things, stretch things, shape things," says Glen Ediger.
Ediger builds the model inside a three-dimensional computer program, different colors designate the various parts.
"You just build this like a lego block," says Ediger.
It's a machine called Leonardo that brings Glen's design to life.
"These are three dimensional printers that we take the digital models that we have made in the printer and send them up here," says Ediger.
Leonardo works 60 hours a week, creating models that will be tested.
Designs that work are sent off site for production.
Vornado fans are assembled in the warehouse, just a few hundreds yards away from the design center but the plastic pieces are made elsewhere, many of them right here in Kansas.
"We wouldn't have a company without people putting product together," says Ediger.
Vornado's assembly line is made up of only a handful of employees.
"So the assembly line is very simple in that each person has a task putting one or two things together," says Ediger.
The line starts with the fan's base.
"We press the blade on the motor, every product we make moves air and has electricity going through it," says Ediger.
Down the line, the motor is screwed onto the base.
Then, the grill is attached.
The electrical cord is woven into the base and secured to the motor.
Finally, a speed knob and the company's logo finish the fan.
"By the time its gone down the line, not more than 15 feet, the product is together," says Ediger.
Each fan is tested before leaving the line.
Too loud or a weak current will send the fan into a reject pile.
Fans that pass the test are bagged, boxed and they will be shipped to Target stores, just in time for spring.
But tests don't stop on the assembly line.
This room will blow you away. Its part engineering, part quality assurance. fans are being tested for their endurance. some of them have been running since 2004.
Vornado's quality control manager takes a sampling of fans, daily, and tests every piece that goes inside the product.
About the 510 Circulator:
Vornado builds 117 per hour
936 are built per day
25 parts total
The 510 is available at all 1,683 Target stores nationwide. Every one was built in Andover.
The Vornado name is a mashup of the words "Vortex" and "Tornado" - and refers to the unique way a Vornado moves air.
The first Vornado Fan was released by the O.A. Sutton Company in 1945.
The designer of Vornado Fans, Richard Ten Eyck, also was a lead designer for the Beech Bonanza
Vornado Products are available internationally:
Canada, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, China
A Vornado makes a room feel cooler, allowing you to turn the thermostat several degrees warmer without sacrificing comfort.
Just a three degree thermostat change results in $50 energy savings in one summer.
Boxes from Vorando's suppliers are folded down and reused along with plastic bags and packaging materials.
All Rejected metal and plastic materials are recycled.
Power cords are removed from defective finished goods and the copper from inside the cords is recycled.
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