Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
The Aromatherapy bubbler system is installed on the back bench of this Caribbean model pool. You can see how the water bubbles up and if you scratch your monitor you can smell the kiwi. (jk)
Aromatherapy has been a popular option in the past for spas and we're pleased to be the first fiberglass pool manufacturer to incorporate it into our pools.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
On June 29, 2008 Tom Straub and I traveled to Camp Heartland in Willow River, Minnesota for the Viking Pool dedication. We arrived Saturday evening and met Neil Willenson, camp founder, along with the Glover family, celebrities Jonathan Bennett and Robbie Amell, and other supporters for a nice dinner. On Sunday we traveled to the camp and were taken on a tour of the facility by the campers. It was so uplifting to listen to these young people who, despite adversity, were so inspirational.
The kids had so much fun swimming and playing in the water park. I was happy to see supporters bring their HIV negative children to swim with the campers. There is still much misconception about HIV/AIDS in 2008 and I’m so glad we got the chance to provide the campers with a place where they could play and just be kids.
Friday, August 8, 2008
I've been working with Charlie Rushing, founder of Ponce de Leon Development Group, who is coordinating the first Eco Smart Idea/Demonstration House Project. This is a cutting edge green project that is 100% eco-friendly and will contain the 50 top green products and services companies in the industry.
Charlie founded "Eco Smart of FLorida" and is dedicated to educating consumers and professionals in green technology, energy efficiency and storm mitigation. We were thrilled when Charlie contacted us and said that he wanted a Viking pool to be in the backyard of the demonstration house.
Right now we're discussing the Fiji model, due to it's versatility and ease of adding multiple layers to the space for aesthetics. Majestic Pools & Spas from Navarre, Florida has already signed up to install the pool.
The Eco Smart Project is a Platinum LEED Certified Project; there are less than 5 residential projects in the US selected for Platinum certification. The Eco Smart Project will be open and staffed for 5 years and will display the best in earth friendly products.
I'll keep you posted on the progress.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Since May we have been housing our most popular models at these facilities. They should help alleviate increasing demand in Southern California, Las Vegas, Arizona and the upper Midwestern markets.
Friday, August 1, 2008
In 1995, Viking Pools introduced Crystite® finishes to the market. These high-end pebble like surfaces changed the look of fiberglass pools in the United States. The following year we began offering inlayed accent tile to trim steps and seats for both safety and aesthetics. Over the next two years, another manufacturing facility was opened in Oak Hill, Florida and Midland, Texas to service increasing demand for the product.
In 1999 Viking Pools created a line of water gyms called Hydro Zone, geared towards physical fitness and aquatic therapy. The Hydro Zone line can be equipped with in-line swimming systems and exercise equipment for a total workout. The following year, Viking Pools started production in Jane Lew, West Virginia and was now able to effectively cover all quadrants of the United States and Canada.
Over the next five years, Viking Pools continued to raise the bar of excellence in the one-piece pool industry with research and development and exclusive options. We introduced built-in cascades, raised bond beams, Starlite, inlayed mosaic tile, fiber optic lighting, and in-floor cleaning systems to provide a totally unique and customizable pool. We also moved manufacturing from our Oak Hill, Florida facility to Zephyrhills, Florida to better service that area of the country.
In 2005 Viking Pools was acquired by Latham International, the Nation’s leading manufacturer of packaged in-ground swimming pools and still operates as an autonomous unit under the direction of its president, Todd Stahl. Corporate headquarters were also moved to Jane Lew, West Virginia.
The past three years have been dedicated to further research and development, corporate integrity, and streamlining processes to create the best one-piece pool on the market today. Viking Pools is the only fiberglass pool manufacturer that can incorporate a vanishing (or negative) edge on any pool or spa model and offers a wide assortment of modular units for a unique look. In 2008 we introduced premium options like tiled floors, steps, seats and skimmers; aromatherapy; and the Fiji – the first ever fiberglass pool with a built-in raised bond beam.
Viking's pools are distributed through a network of independent dealers. Looking towards the future, Viking Pools is dedicated to providing a pool that is second to none with the ability to be customized to suit even them most fastidious customer.
My name is Stacy Nelson and I have been the Director of Marketing at Viking Pools since April 2003. I will be sharing information with you on this blog journey and encourage your comments and questions.