American Coolair Celebrates 80 Years Of Innovation

Published Friday, January 18, 2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2008) American Coolair celebrates the company's 80th anniversary in 2008 by continuing its tradition of product innovation.

Throughout its 80-year history, American Coolair has been a leader in bringing new products to market. Among industry firsts, American Coolair was the first to develop a line of G90 galvanized fans, to use electrostatic powder paint, and to develop a single panel 48/52 inch shutter. It was also the first to develop a 52-inch line of fans, to use 50/60HZ motors, to make fiberglass fans in the slant-wall design, and to make a 60-inch slant wall fan.

Another key to the company's success is the exclusive Coolair static shaft design, which extends belt life and bearing life. The unique design delivers five times the bearing life for fans throughout the markets American Coolair serves.

American Coolair continues to introduce new products and improve its existing product line. Most recently, American Coolair introduced the next generation Inlet Damper.

The company was founded in October 1928 by father and son team, James E. Graves, Sr. and James E. Graves, Jr., in Jacksonville, Fla. Over the last eight decades, American Coolair has grown from producing commercial, attic, and wall fans in the southeast during the company's early years to offering comprehensive product lines for the world's agricultural, horticultural, commercial and industrial ventilation markets today.

American Coolair really began to grow and expand under the leadership of Harry Graves, Sr. in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1980s, Harry Graves, Sr. passed his knowledge on to his children, Harry, Jr., Robert B. and Sara, who are the fourth Graves generation to lead the company. The 1990s saw rapid expansion with the facility more than doubling in size. Computer-controlled machines became commonplace.

Today's Coolair products are fabricated in the company's 210,000 square foot manufacturing complex located in Jacksonville, Fla.

For more information call 904/389-3646, write P.O. Box 2300, Jacksonville, FL 32203, or e-mail