The energy crunch that began in the early
In 1982 Northwest’s president, Paul Fowler, talked to the head maintenance engineer of our local public school system, suggesting that the schools consider ceiling fans as an economical way to keep some of the large, high-ceiling areas warmer. The engineer laughed and said, “Not a chance!”. He agreed that the fans were necessary, but it seems that he had heard about another school district that had installed ceiling fans in their gymnasium and the students were using the tennis ball machines as automatic weapons with the ceiling fans as targets. He agreed that he liked the idea of fans, but would only consider using them if we were able to provide a more substantial guard than those on the market at that time.
This protest was valid. The need for a strong, effective and attractive fan guard was frequently an obstacle to fan installations. Schools needed a better guard. We knew that. And existing fan guards were cumbersome, their welds prone to break, their wires spaced too far apart for real safety, and–let’s face it–they were downright ugly. Many of our distributors were requesting a better guard for schools, warehouses
Our president consulted with a local engineer who had a metal shop where he developed, manufactured and patented special order metal products. Together they built the first
Success! And they realized that what they had developed was so unique that it should be patented. The special looped wire design with only 1 1/2″ spacing at the circumference provided the required safety for both fans and people, yet
This same patented design, created in 1982, is still used today. We take great pride in the meticulous manufacturing process we use for each
And yes…true to his word, the maintenance engineer did order Northwest fans and guards for our local school system.
- 40″ to 64″ in diameter
- 6’ long, 1/8” Secondary Support Cable with four cable clamps
- Depth: 10″ at base 9″ at
- Weight: 24 lbs. to 60 lbs.
- Wire spacing: approximately 1.5″(regular) or 3″(economy) at
- Finished in non-rusting bright zinc plating
- Fully encloses fan
- Installs easily with only 12 bolts and nuts
- Heavy-duty, non-sagging wires, double welded and riveted
- Tested at high speeds to resist penetration of small objects
- Ceiling fan functions smoothly in spite of errant balls or objects
- 1.5″(regular) or 3″(economy) spacing of wire allows maximum air flow
- Gentle pitching allows objects to roll off
- Fits most fans up to 60″ in diameter
- Public Buildings
- Tennis and Racquetball Courts
- Farm Buildings