Thirty-four years in the making, Watkins Manufacturing has earned the reputation as a global leader in the hot tub industry. In October 2011, the company reached the significant milestone of producing its 1 millionth spa and held an online auction among Hot Spring Spas retailers worldwide for the chance to own it. Watkins pledged to match the winning bid and donate 100 percent of the proceeds to an important charity, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
As a result of the competitive bidding that took place during the week of the auction, Bruno Woodtli owner of Hewoo AG, a Hot Spring Spas dealership in Switzerland, won the one millionth spa (an Aria model) with a final bid of $17,200. As planned, Watkins Manufacturing is matching the winning bid, providing a total donation amount $34,400 to support the families of fallen firefighters across the United States.
“We would like to extend a special thank you to Hewoo AG, and to all the dealers nationally and worldwide who rallied to the call and participated in the auction—we sincerely appreciate such generous support,” said Steve Hammock, president of Watkins Manufacturing. “We look forward to partnering with our retailers in the future to continue the good work of donating to causes like the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.”
“This generous gift from Watkins Manufacturing will help support the Foundation‘s mission to provide services and assistance to the families of firefighters who died in the line of duty,” said Ronald J. Siarnicki, executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “We recently honored 89 fallen firefighters, including four from California, at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and we appreciate Watkins Manufacturing‘s commitment to our efforts.”
About Watkins Manufacturing Corporation
Watkins Manufacturing was established in 1977, in Vista, California. They are the world‘s largest manufacturer of hot tubs, including Hot Spring® Spas, Limelight® Hot Tubs, Hot Spot® Spas and Caldera® Spas. The Watkins Dealer network extends into all 50 states and over 60 countries. Watkins is a division of Masco Corporation, a Fortune 500 company whose products include Delta® Faucets, KraftMaid® Cabinets, and Behr® paint.
Pictured right to left: Mike Dunn, Executive VP, Watkins; Steve Hammock, President, Watkins; Roger Lamberson, VP, Operations, Watkins; Chris Peavey, VP, Finance, Watkins; Matt Kennedy, Engineer, Vista Fire Dept.; Mark Standifird, Captain, Vista Fire Dept.; Mike Romeo, Firefighter, Vista Fire Dept.; Wanda Gilbert, Rep for NFFF; Leo Hamacher, VP, Int‘l Sales & Mktg, Watkins; Mark Bettner, Director, Customer Service, Watkins; Harry Sundblad, VP, Corp. Bus Dev, Watkins; Ryan Sessler, VP, Sales & Mktg, Watkins; Robin French, VP, Engineering, Watkins
Photo courtesy of Watkins Mfg.