Jacuzzi

Private
Industry Plumbing manufacturing
Founded 1915
Founder Francesco, Rachele, Valeriano, Gelindo, Candido, Giocondo and Giuseppe Jacuzzi
Headquarters Chino Hills, CA, USA
Area served
Worldwide
Products mattresses, hot tubs, bath tubs, showers, toilets, sinks and accessories
Revenue $1,202.4M (2006)[1]
$40.4M (2006)[1]
Owner Apollo Management
Number of employees
4,907
Subsidiaries Sundance Spas, ThermoSpas
Website Jacuzzi.com

Jacuzzi Brands Corp. ("Jacuzzi") is an American[2] corporation that produces whirlpool bathtubs and hot tub spas. Its first product was a bath with massaging jets.

JACUZZI® is a federally registered trademark of Jacuzzi Inc. as of September 5, 1978.[3]

History[edit]

Founded in 1915 by seven brothers, led by Giocondo Jacuzzi, Jacuzzi and Brothers made wooden propellers under military contracts, based at 2043 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, California. In 1920 the brothers also dabbled briefly with aircraft design and manufacture, with a single-seat monoplane and a seven-seat cabin monoplane.[4] Both aircraft were noted for their use of laminated wood products for fuselage manufacture, but were essentially unsuccessful, with only one of each type being built. By 1923 the company was styled as Jacuzzi Bros Propellers, with headquarters at 1450 San Pablo Ave.[5]

The company survived to become famous as the whirlpool and bubble bath manufacturer of today, with the name Jacuzzi becoming synonymous with the bath products regardless of manufacturer.

Current activities[edit]

In October 2006, Apollo Management, a large private equity firm, announced a $990 million leveraged buyout of Jacuzzi Brands.[6]

In 2008 Jacuzzi moved its world headquarters to The Shoppes at Chino Hills, California.[citation needed]

In May 2012, Jacuzzi Group Worldwide acquired the assets of ThermoSpas, a Wallingford, Connecticut-based manufacturer of spas and hot tubs.[7]

The company sponsors the athletes of the American skiing team, their training facilities are equipped with Jacuzzi hot tubs and hydromassage equipment.[8][9][10][11]

Jacuzzi aircraft[edit]

Jacuzzi 1920 Single Seater Monoplane 1
Powered by a converted Ford Model T engine.[12][13]
Jacuzzi 1920 Single Seater Monoplane 2
modified aircraft with re-designed tail unit and powered by a Roberts 4-X engine
Jacuzzi J-7 Reo[12][14][15]