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MacroAir cost-saving, HVLS fan technology joins NHRA drag racing's elite Don Schumacher Racing

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 13, 2017) - The most innovative High Volume, Low Speed industrial ceiling fan technology in the world has joined with most innovative organization in professional motorsports to further expand the benefits of greater fan efficiency. 

Don Schumacher Racing announced today that MacroAir is the Official High Volume Low Speed fan partner to enable DSR to further save energy through the use of MacroAir's AirVolution-D line of ceiling fans throughout its 145,000-square-foot headquarters, including the massive area that houses DSR's seven NHRA Funny Car and Top Fuel teams and transporters that have won 16 NHRA world championships and 311 national event titles since 1999.

DSR recently began installing eight of MacroAir's 16-foot, six-blade fans to create a subtle wind chill effect during the summer that keeps employees comfortable while enabling the raising of the thermostat setting by as much as seven degrees while maintaining the same comfort level. In the winter, DSR will run MacroAir's state-of-the-art direct drive AirVolution-D fans in reverse to de-stratify air that, in the past, saw warm air - meant to stay near the ground - rise to the rafters. With air de-stratified, a heater will run less while maintaining consistent temperatures throughout.

"Our program with MacroAir helps us become more environmentally friendly and save money while providing our teams with an even better work environment," said DSR owner Don Schumacher, who was an innovative driver/owner of Funny Cars when the class was created in the late 1960s. He also is the chairman and chief executive officer of Schumacher Electric Corp., the worldwide leader in the manufacturing of battery chargers.

His ties to early racing are similar to the background of MacroAir founder Walter Boyd.

"From the moment I met Don Schumacher I saw many commonalities," said MacroAir CEO Eddie Boyd, son of founder Walter Boyd. "I eventually learned how he ran his company, and saw easily why they were repeat champions. We knew this was an organization that shared our corporate values and one we wanted to be firmly associated with. As the inventor of HVLS fan technology and with the best fans in the industry, MacroAir Fans appreciates DSR for recognizing that about us when it chose a manufacturer for its industrial ceiling fans need."

After moving to Southern California in 1969, Walter Boyd worked in various capacities for Formula One, IndyCar and Can-Am race teams.

In 1998, Boyd's engineering company was hired by the Cooperative Extension of the University of California, an arm of the university that worked to promote and aide California agriculture, to make some parts for an experimental 20-foot diameter wooden paddle fan sought to cool dairy cattle to improve milk production. That project fueled many other opportunities to refine, design, engineer, and apply large industrial fan (HVLS) technologies within numerous industries. 

From his racecar involvement, Boyd had considerable knowledge of low-speed aerodynamics, which he knew would be the key to creating such a fan. He also drew upon his experience with the aluminum extrusion process, which he saw as an economical way to produce an airfoil blade of the proportions required.

With his son Eddie essentially running the company, Boyd spent the next 10 years dedicated to the development of HVLS technology understanding not only factors that affect the fan's performance, but also how the air from such a fan actually behaves and how that air movement can be manipulated to optimize human comfort. It was on the basis of that knowledge that MacroAir Technologies and an entirely new industry were formed. Today HVLS ceiling fans are in large demand within industries that include warehouse-manufacturing, automotive, health and fitness, agriculture, aviation and restaurant/retail/hospitality among others.

"We appreciate great engineering - especially engineering born out of motorsports such as what MacroAir founders Walter and Eddie Boyd were able to do," Schumacher said.

Don Schumacher is a drag racing pioneer who, as a popular driver in the early '70s, revolutionized the sport of professional drag racing by discovering efficiencies that come with fielding more than one team under one roof and landing some of the first significant corporate sponsorships in the sport.

Walter Boyd, now in his retirement and in his ninth decade, continues to design and build racecars from his race shop in Apple Valley, Calif.

ABOUT MACROAIR

    MacroAir, the inventor of the HVLS (High Volume, Low Speed) fan, is dedicated to continually innovating and perfecting the world's most cost-effective climate control solution.

    Our products, unparalleled in energy efficiency and effectiveness, are assembled in the USA and installed worldwide. Customers benefit from local service and customized solutions from MacroAir's global distributor network. 

    MacroAir fans are trusted by companies such as Coca-Cola, CSX Transportation and NAPA Auto Parts, and the company is the exclusive HVLS fan supplier for independent auto dealerships of BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Toyota under their Dealer Equipment Programs.

    To explore MacroAir's line of HVLS fans, visit www.macroairfans.com or call (866) 668-3247. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

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