From 1882 on through the next fifty years the electric fan evolved, becoming quieter, more efficient, even oscillating. The fans that resulted from this era of improvements are remarkably similar to ones sold today. Except for one. A major evolution in fan design was about to occur. One that was actually sparked by man’s quest to fly higher and faster than ever before. Something that would make ordinary “fans” seem obsolete.
The beginning of an evolution.
In the early 1920’s, Ralph K. Odor started work on a new airplane design. By the 1930’s, his patented Power Vortex design influenced modern aviation. The Vornado Plane derived its name from “Vortex” and “Tornado”, based on its pioneering aerodynamics.
At the start of the 1940’s, Ralph met O.A. Sutton, owner of a fabrication shop specializing in aircraft equipment. The two would change fan history.
A brand is born.
In 1945, with designer Richard Ten Eyck adding the finishing touches, the first Vornadofan™ was perfected. The fan industry would never be the same.
The Air Capital of WitchiaIn 1989, a new Vornado company was founded in Andover, Kansas – a suburb of Wichita, known as a worldwide hub for aviation design and manufacturing. Vornado's unparalleled performance can be traced to its signature vortex action; the result of four proprietary components found only within Vornado technology.
Leaders in Air Flow Technology
V O R N A D O = V O R t e x + t o r N A D O
The effectiveness of these first products propelled the new Vornado back into the position as a leader in air comfort products. The same revolutionary thinking that created a superior fan has been poured into every aspect of Vornado's offerings today. Safer. Quieter. More intuitive. More effective.