Although the business was founded in Kansas in 1945, the Vornado® story has its roots in the early 1920s with an inventor's vision to improve aircraft design. He experimented with aerodynamics to increase the efficiency and performance of standard propeller planes; this same technology was then applied to the inefficient electric fan designs of the day. The new and improved, aerodynamically advanced fans were a hit - sales blew the doors off the competition and sales soared until air conditioning arrived. In 1989 a new company was formed to leverage the successful designs of the 1940's and improve air circulation technology with leading edge design, materials and engineering. The same revolutionary thinking has been applied to each new product offered today - items include safer, quieter and more intuitive nursery evaporative humidifiers, nursery heaters, nursery HEPA air purifiers, nursery air circulators, ultrasonic humidifiers and climate control accessories.