With the recent purchase of a Vornado humidifier, I was surprised to notice that the company's excellent products are engineered and made in Andover, Kansas. That's just 150 miles from my home. On the heels of my post and source list about home goods made in the USA, I thought I'd share with you a little about this internationally-distributed product with local (to me) roots:
From Andover's KWCH 12, a behind-the-scenes look at Vornado, which was founded in Andover in 1989:
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 Glen Ediger, Director of Design, Research & Development. 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. 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.
Oddly enough, in April of 1991 (just two years after Vornado's founding) Andover was tragically hit by 51 tornadoes. The Vornado name is a combination of "vortex" and "tornado".