Hunter History

The Hunter Fan story stretches across the turn of two centuries, two world wars and the Great Depression. The company traces its origins back to 1886, when John Hunter and son James C. Hunter created the first water-driven ceiling fan in upstate New York. Before long, Hunter Fan Company was shipping these rugged fans with hand-weighted and balanced blades by the boatload to India, the Far East and Africa as well as across the United States.

Today, we continue to combine 19th century craftsmanship with innovative design and technology to create air-movement products of unmatched quality, style and whisper-quiet performance. Products that are as tough on the inside as they are beautiful on the outside. Products that John and James Hunter would still be proud of more than 120 years later. Explore some of the key events in Hunter’s heritage:


James C. Hunter buys an interest in the Tuerk Water Meter Company of Syracuse, NY.
Here the first water-driven fans are developed—and the ceiling fan is invented.


The Hunter family buys out the remaining interest of the Samuel Tuerk Company. The company name is changed to Hunter Fan & Motor Company. The era of the modern ceiling fan begins with the production of the alternating current Tuerk Type A in Fulton, NY.


Hunter Fan & Motor Company produces its first “shaded pole” motor for alternating current, with a motor initially supplied by General Electric. This basic motor design is still in production today.


The Hunter Fan & Motor Company expands its fan line to include oscillating desk fans, initially purchasing motors for the fans from General Electric.


The Hunter Fan & Motor Company purchases the fan division of Century Electric Company in St. Louis, MO. Production begins on large pedestal fans as well as direct and belt-driven exhaust fans. In 1938, the company’s name is changed to The
Hunter Fan and Ventilating Company. Attic fan production begins.


Hunter introduces energy-efficient room air-conditioner units with rotary compression technology to a growing base of warehouse home centers. Sales reach $25 million by 1989.


In 1993, Hunter introduces a range of portable air purifiers with best-in-class clean air delivery rates. In 1997, Hunter introduces portable room humidifiers with a patented metal wick fed by a pump with all-plastic, antimicrobial-protected parts.


Hunter introduces decorative bath fans, collectible all-metal portable fans, the Five Minute ceiling fan, the Auto Balance fan and the Concert Breeze—the world’s first fan with an integrated high-definition audio system.


By 2009, Hunter has offices in three countries and retail outlets worldwide.