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HOT TUB & SWIM SPA NEWS Cornish Manufacturer Recognised For Prestigious Project

Splash-Tec, the Cornwall-based specialist designer and manufacturer of bespoke hot tubs and whirlpool baths, have recently received recognition for a prestigious and challenging domestic project carried out in the capital.

The company received an award for a stunning bespoke teak spa built for a client’s exclusive residence in London’s fashionable Knightsbridge district. Splash- Tec had to overcome a number of difficult technical challenges to realise the client’s wishes, but the company has made a name for itself over the years for specialising in the kinds of projects that other companies are not able or willing to undertake. The results are stunning and rightly deserving of the accolade. “We are thrilled to have received this award for the Knightsbridge teak spa

project,” enthused Rosie Cook, who founded both Splash-Tec and sister company Hydrospares with her brother, John Ellis. “It was an exciting and challenging project, the client is absolutely delighted with the results we delivered, and the recognition of this award is the icing on the cake,” she added. Splash-Tec’s in-house craftsmen are no strangers to high- quality custom-made hydrotherapy spas of this calibre though, as the firm based on Redruth’s Treleigh Industrial Estate has been the preferred supplier of bespoke hot tubs and whirlpool baths to Princess Yachts International in Plymouth for more than ten years.

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Watkins Acquires Aquatic Fitness Innovator Endless Pools

The Hot Tub Man Goes Full Circle

Watkins Manufacturing Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of hot tubs, has acquired Endless Pools®

, Inc.

through its parent company, Masco Corporation. The acquisition allows Watkins to expand its line of personal wellbeing products into the aquatic fitness category, opening new channels of distribution and access to a new customer base. Watkins Manufacturing will maintain the Endless Pools brand and Endless Pools’ headquarters will remain in Aston, Pa. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Watkins Manufacturing is headquartered in Vista, Calif. Its brands include Hot Spring®

Spas, the world’s

best-selling brand and the only brand to sell more than one million spas, Caldera® Fantasy®

Spas, Freeflow® Spas.

Spas and

Watkins Manufacturing is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Masco Corporation, (NYSE: MAS), headquartered in Taylor, Mich. “Endless Pools is a perfect fit

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within our long-term strategic plan,” stated Steve Hammock, President of Watkins Manufacturing. “The Endless Pools management team has done an outstanding job of innovating, developing differentiated solutions, and building and managing a leading consumer brand.” Endless Pools is a 30-year pioneer in the development and marketing of aquatic fitness products including counter-current swim machines and underwater treadmills. The Endless Pools customer base is extensive, including commercial enterprises, numerous colleges and universities, and consumers.

“The addition of Endless Pools to

the Watkins family adds a premium, complementary brand to an already superior product mix,” stated James Murdock, founder and President of Endless Pools. “The two organisations are certain to benefit from a shared vision of the important health and fitness benefits we want to promote and the consumer experience we want to provide.”

Having just moved into a new business unit, Jamie Giles of The Hot Tub Man has come full circle. Why? Well 18 years after first walking through the doors at Spaform, the Hot Tub Man’s new home is on the very same industrial estate where Spaform first started in 1983! This time though it is selling hot tubs rather than manufacturing. The move is the third for the company which is now 12 years old and for owners Jamie and wife Julie, hopefully their last as they feel that they can progress the business in the new setting which is conveniently located within a mile of the Giles’ family home. Jamie left Spaform near the end of 2002 having become disillusioned with how few hot tub servicing companies existed. However, with the help of Jamie’s wife Julie, Spa Maintenance Services was born and officially starting trading in January 2003. Later to be rebranded ‘The Hot Tub Man’, the company was mainly repairing post warranty hot tubs and running an installation team for companies without the knowledge or equipment to manoeuvre hot tubs safely and professionally. Proudly still standing after surviving some very tough economic times, The Hot Tub Man, mainly through their high standards of customer service and good workmanship, has gone from strength to strength. The company enjoys the trust of a loyal customer base, some of which Jamie has known since his days at Spaform. Although the day to day running of the business hasn’t changed that much, what the customer wants certainly has. Rather than seeing a customer as and when a repair is required, the company now sees most of its customers at least once a year. A few have monthly for maintenance contracts and the company happily provides once a week routine visits to annual servicing. Social media also now plays a large part in the company’s sales too, with hot tubs being sold to two separate customers in Cumbria purely down to Facebook. A fact made all the more impressive given the Hot Tub Man’s Hampshire location!

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