Customers are big fans of Broan-NuTone. Henry Broan founded the firm in 1932 with the Motordor kitchen fan; today Broan-NuTone is a top maker of residential ventilation products and a subsidiary of Nortek. The company makes and markets ventilation and ceiling fans, heaters, indoor air quality products, and trash compactors. Its NuTone-branded products include central vacuums, intercom systems, medicine cabinets, speakers, and doorbells. Range hoods are sold under the Best and Broan brands. Broan-NuTone sells its products through retail stores the likes of Lowe's and The Home Depot, as well as through distributors. The company also makes products under private label for GE, Sears, Whirlpool, and others.
The US and Canada account for most of Broan-NuTone's sales. The company has plant and office locations in the US in Ohio, Texas, and California, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Besides its North American facilities, Broan-NuTone has offices and plants in Italy, Chile, Australia, Poland, and China.
The company has grown to become North America's largest manufacturer of residential ventilation products, such as range hoods, bath fans, and air exchangers. It has leading market positions in several other products, including central vacuums, intercom systems, medicine cabinets, built-in electric heaters, whole-house fans, door chimes, attic ventilators, ironing centers, and trash compactors.
Broan-NuTone works to regularly add to its products portfolio and enhance its existing lines. (Indeed, from 2003 to 2007 the company added more than 1,000 new products.) The company introduced 16 new products in 2012 and more than a dozen in 2013. Some of its more recent additions include recessed fans with LED lights, energy-efficient bathroom fans, and space-saving ironing centers, along with mounted solar panels and solar-powered attic ventilators. In 2013 Broan-NuTone rolled out the industry's first online range hood make-up specifier tool to aid HVAC professionals, builders, and code officials in quantifying and sizing make-up air systems to meet regulations.
Sales and Marketing
Broan-NuTone sells its products worldwide and maintains leading market positions across several lines. As a top manufacturer, the company also makes products for big-name companies, such as GE, Sears, and Whirlpool, under private label.
Challenging economic conditions in 2009 spurred Broan-NuTone's parent Nortek to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy that year; it quickly exited. The reorganization, which eliminated some $1.3 billion in company debt, did not disrupt product distribution or availability. What prompted Nortek to file for bankruptcy was a mountain of debt and declining residential new construction and remodeling.
Broan-NuTone is a subsidiary of residential ventilation expert Nortek.