Arctic Spas

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Blue Falls Manufacturing
Privately held company[1]
Industry Hot tub manufacturing
Headquarters Thorsby, Alberta, Canada
Website arcticspas.com

Arctic Spas is Blue Falls Manufacturing's flagship brand of portable electric hot tubs, developed as a niche product for cold climates.[2][3] The line is made and sold in Canada, and exported to the United States, Australia, and Europe.

History and growth[edit]

Blue Falls Manufacturing was founded in the late 1980s as Koko Beach Hot Tub Manufacturing in Edmonton, Alberta. It was purchased in 1997 by its current owners, at the time employees of Blue Falls. The new owners soon began producing the Arctic Spas brand, intending it to be a "Mercedes" spa created for the Canadian market.[4]

In 2001 the company moved to Thorsby and constructed a 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) facility (later expanded to 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2)), largely because land for a new factory was much cheaper in Thorsby than in Edmonton. The owners, from farming backgrounds themselves, also appreciated the rural community's work ethic.[4] In 2003, the company purchased a 90,000-square-foot (8,400 m2) facility in Coleman, Alberta to manufacture some of their models.[5] A third facility opened in 2005 in Breton, Alberta, to produce the company’s cedar accessories and gazebos.[citation needed] This period of rapid expansion resulted in attention by government officials, by way of an Industry Canada profile late in 2006. Given the company's reliance on winter climate branding, energy efficient technology introductions were key; testing by provincial authority Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (then the Alberta Research Council) determined that Arctic Spas hot tubs were thirty percent more energy efficient than the leading competitors.[5]

The company has since launched a second brand of hot tubs, "Coyote Spas", and sells various other spa-related products and accessories.[6] Eager to demonstrate their gratitude to the community in which they manufacture, 2011 saw Arctic Spas enter into an innovative partnership with Thorsby's recreation centre, whereby the company was granted naming rights in exchange for a sponsorship.[7] They have also launched a new brand of swimming machine, called the All Weather Pool, in early 2013.[8]

Overseas operations[edit]

The company focused on the European export market from the beginning, especially the colder climates of Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Instead of relying on independent distributors, the company formed joint partnerships in order to maintain control their brand, and opened showrooms and warehouses in England, Eastern Europe, France, the United States, and Australia.[5] They also opened a distribution center in Ireland, which went into liquidation in 2007.[9] The company has received acclaim for participating in apprenticeship ventures, which are economically favoured in the UK.[10][11]

Industry recognition and awards[edit]

  • June 2003: Recognized by Profit Magazine as being in the top 100 of Canada’s Fastest Growing Businesses[12]
  • June 2004: Ranked by Profit Magazine as one of Canada’s 100 Fastest Growing Businesses[13]
  • June 2005: Profit Magazine ranks BFM among Canada’s Fastest Growing Businesses
  • September 2005: Owners named Ernst & Young 2005 Entrepreneurs of the Year (Prairies Region, Manufacturing Category)
  • January 2006: Ranks as one of Alberta’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies
  • February 2006: Named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies[14]
  • May 2006: CAD designer Pete Van’t Hoff wins International Business Award (Best Product Developer)[15]
  • June 2003 – 2012: Arctic Spas wins 5-Star Best Of Class Awards for the Pool & Spa Industry[16][17][18][19][20][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bloomberg Businessweek. Investing.businessweek.com. "Private Company Search." April 10, 2013. http://investing.businessweek.com/research/common/symbollookup/symbollookup.asp?region=ALL&textIn=Blue+Falls+Manufacturing&x=0&y=0&lookuptype=private Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  2. ^ Canon Communications LLC. ApplianceMagazine.com. "Arctic Spas designed for cold climates: It’s always spa season." April 2005. http://www.appliancemagazine.com/np_print.php?article=6380 Retrieved April 10, 2005.
  3. ^ Mattern, Ashleigh. The Regina Leader-Post. "Hot tubs offer the ultimate in Relaxation." March 26, 2013. http://www.leaderpost.com/story_print.html?id=8154485 Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Flakstad, Nordahl. Canadian Plant. "Arctic Spas for northern exposure." April 16, 2010. http://www.californiabackyard.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Plant-Magazine-Article-on-Blue-Falls1.pdf[permanent dead link] Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Industry Canada, Small Business Branch. SME Statistics. "Blue Falls Manufacturing: Turning Market Knowledge into Competitive Edge." 2006, modified June 5, 2012. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-09. Retrieved 2013-04-10.  Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  6. ^ Arctic Spas. ArcticSpas.com. "Our Products." "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-04-10.  Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  7. ^ County Market. http://www.countymarket.ca/2011/12/16/rec-centre-re-naming-a-first-for-small-towns.
  8. ^ Newswire. http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1094719/an-all-weather-swimming-pool Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  9. ^ The Meath Chronicle. "Dunshaughlin-based firm goes into liquidation." September 29, 2007. http://www.meathchronicle.ie/news/navan/articles/2007/09/22/670-dunshaughlinbased-firm-goes-into-liquidation/ Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  10. ^ "PR Web." May 2013. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10673904.htm/ Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  11. ^ "BBC." June 10, 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18387551/ Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2007-07-31. [not in citation given]
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2007-07-31. [not in citation given]
  14. ^ Deloitte LLP. Canada's Best Managed Companies. "2005 Winners." https://www.canadas50best.com/en/meetourwinners/Pages/2005Winners.aspx[permanent dead link] Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  15. ^ Stevie Awards, Inc. The International Business Awards. "Blue Falls – Product Developer." http://www.stevieawards.com/pubs/iba/awards/171_1830_11289.cfm Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  16. ^ PoolAndSpa.com. "Arctic Spas Receives 2007 Best of Class Award." "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-27. Retrieved 2012-12-05.  Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  17. ^ PoolAndSpa.com. "Poolandspa.com Announces The 2008 Best Of Class Awards For The Pool & Spa Industry." "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2013-04-11.  Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  18. ^ PoolAndSpa.com. "Poolandspa.com Announces The 2009 Best Of Class Awards For The Pool & Spa Industry." "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2013-04-11.  Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  19. ^ PoolAndSpa.com. "PoolAndSpa.com Announces The 2010 Best Of Class Awards For The Swimming Pool And Hot Tub Spa Industry." "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2013-04-11.  Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  20. ^ PoolAndSpa.com. "PoolAndSpa.com Announces The 2011 Best Of Class Awards For The Pool And Spa Industry." "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2013-04-11.  Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  21. ^ PoolAndSpa.com. "PoolAndSpa.com Announces The 2012 Best Of Class Awards For The Swimming Pool And Hot Tub Spa Industry." "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2012-12-05.  Retrieved April 10, 2013.

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