Atlantic City Convention Center Installs Big Ass Fans

Four New Powerfoil(TM) Fans Will Increase Energy Efficiency in Convention Center and Cut Heating Costs

(Lexington, KY) February 19, 2009 - The Big Ass Fans Company, the preeminent designer and manufacturer of huge ceiling fans for industrial, institutional, agricultural, and commercial facilities worldwide, announced today that four of its popular Powerfoil fans were installed in the Atlantic City Convention Center. This will mean significant reductions in energy costs for the facility and marked improvements in year-round comfort for its visitors.

The four Powerfoil fans, two 16' and two 20' foot diameter ceiling fans, significantly reduce heating energy costs throughout the winter in large commercial spaces by improving air circulation. The aerodynamic design of the airfoils and wingtips allows the fans to move vast amounts of air very efficiently. Evenly distributing heated air in a large space means thermostats can be lowered with no loss of comfort at the floor, and heat loss through the roof is greatly reduced. During the summer, the fans can lower the perceived temperature of a building and supplement traditional cooling methods thereby lowering energy costs.

"Each fan will save the convention center $20,000 per year by reducing our heating costs," said Janet Mitrocsak, Director of Facilities for the Atlantic City Convention Center. "The fans will circulate the warm air near the 91-foot ceiling back down to the floor."

"The low energy usage of the fans makes them ideal for heat recirculation," said Stephen Bird, Powerfoil Product Manager at The Big Ass Fans Company. "Heat recirculation via Big Ass Fans is a proven energy saving solution and can be an important part of an organization's overall sustainability strategy."

"We are continuously looking for new opportunities to reduce energy expenses", said Charlie Beirne, Regional General Manager for facility management company SMG. "Between the 2.36 megawatt rooftop solar array to our newest installation, the Big Ass Fans, the Atlantic City Convention Center has and will remain committed to seeking out and improving energy conservation efforts throughout the facility."

The Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACCVA) has instituted a series of green initiatives at the Atlantic City Convention Center including the largest single-roof solar power array installation in the United States. The ACCVA is a founding member of the Convene Green Alliance, a grass-roots, industry initiative spearheaded by several associations that seek to affect positive environmental practices through national, regional and local outreach and education. Visit for more information.

Big Ass Fans can also help a commercial buildings earn LEED points in the Energy and Atmosphere, Innovation and Design Process and Indoor Environmental Quality categories within the Green Building Rating System(TM).

Big Ass Fans designed and holds the patent for the airfoils and the winglet on the tip of the airfoil which are integral to the fan's ability to redistribute air efficiently and which boosts fan performance by 7 percent. A typical Big Ass Fans fan costs less than 10 cents an hour to operate.

Big Ass Fans are made in the United States and UL listed in the U.S. and Canada. For more information on the complete line of Big Ass Fans, call 877-BIG-FANS or visit

About Big Ass Fans
The Big Ass Fans Company is the leading manufacturer of huge ceiling fans for large industrial, agricultural and commercial settings. Big Ass Fans range in size from 6 feet to 24 feet in diameter, using low horsepower motors to generate energy-efficient air movement for large spaces. Big Ass Fans can be used year-round to provide occupant comfort and energy savings. There are over 35,000 Big Ass Fans installed worldwide in applications such as manufacturing plants, distribution centers, horse arenas, dairy barns, stadiums, art galleries, restaurants, health clubs and even zoos! Product solutions include Powerfoil®, PowerfoilPlus(TM), Pivot(TM), the 8-ft. Mobile Vertical, and the new Element designed for commercial spaces. Big Ass Fans have been featured in Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and television programs such as Planet Green, Discovery Channel Canada and the National Geographic Channel. For more information on Big Ass Fans, visit the website at

About the Atlantic City Convention Center
The Atlantic City Convention Center is the central East Coast's premiere meeting location. The $268,000,000 center opened in 1997 and offers 500,000 contiguous square feet of meeting space and is convenient to all of the City's hotels. In June 2008, the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACCVA) and SMG awarded Pepco Energy Services, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM) a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Atlantic City Convention Center to install the largest single roof-mounted solar array in the United States. The project is expected to be completed in early 2009. The Center and Boardwalk Hall are operated by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority and managed by SMG. For additional information, visit our website at

About SMG
SMG is the world leader in facility management, marketing and development, with more than 28 years experience of successful facility management providing the finest services, the greatest entertainment, and the most positive customer experience for the buildings we manage across the United States and around the world. SMG delivers top-notch booking, marketing and sales, construction and operations consultation and operations development. Headquartered in Philadelphia, SMG provides facility services to more than 200 venues in 41 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Europe, China and the Middle East, controls over 1.5 million entertainment seats worldwide and manages more than ten million square feet of exhibition space. For more information about SMG, call 215-592-4100 or visit

About the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority
The Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority serves as the destination's principal marketing arm, stimulating economic growth through convention, business and leisure tourism development. The Authority oversees the management of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall. The Authority is the first in New Jersey to achieve Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International. The Authority is among an elite group of 47 accredited convention and visitor bureaus throughout the United States. For complete Atlantic City information, visit

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