Bullfrog International

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Bullfrog International, LC, founded in 1996, is headquartered in Bluffdale, Utah, a suburb south of Salt Lake City. Bullfrog designs and manufactures a high-end line of hot tubs with JetPaks - modular and interchangeable jetted spa seats. Bullfrog International currently distributes products in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe.[1]

History[edit]

Founder of Bullfrog International, David Ludlow, got his start working for his father's pool and spa business, Dolphin Pools & Spas, Inc., and spent a great deal of time fixing leaky spas. His frustration from fixing leaks led him to develop what later became trademarked as JetPak Technology. "JetPaks" are removable plates that have the jets and plumbing inside the spa shell, allowing the paks be removed and rearranged within the spa.[1]

In February 2011, Bullfrog International named Jerry Pasley, former Executive Vice President at Jacuzzi Hot Tubs and Sundance Spas, as CEO. Founder, David Ludlow, was named President.[2]

Products[edit]

Bullfrog International is best known for their Bullfrog Spas line of portable hot tubs. These hot tubs are engineered to use approximately 90% less piping, hoses, and pipe fittings. This system is part of the proprietary and patented JetPak Therapy System..[1]

Today[edit]

Bullfrog International has locations in the United States, Canada, Europe, the UK and Australia. In 2003 Bullfrog developed a licensing agreement with Signature Spas, now Spa Industries, in Australia to use their JetPak technology. In 2005, Bullfrog finalized a private label distribution agreement with Villeroy and Boch, a European manufacturer of commercial and residential lifestyle products.[3] Bullfrog was featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Season 3) for donating a spa to the Harrison Family. In 2006, Bullfrog switched from rating their equipment for safety under Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and now uses the more internationally recognized German standards from Technischer Überwachungsverein (TÜV).[4]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2012 - Best Hot Tub - About.com[5]
  • 2012 - Best of Class - PoolandSpa.com
  • 2012 - Best of State - Pool and Spa
  • 2011 - International Pool Group - Supplier of the Year
  • 2011 - Best of State - Pool and Spa
  • 2011 - Top 10 Hot Tubs - PoolandSpa.com
  • 2010 - Best of State - Pool and Spa
  • 2010 - International Pool Group - President's Award for Best Manufacturer
  • 2009 - Best of State - Pool and Spa
  • 2008 - Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Judge
  • 2008 - Best of Class Award from PoolandSpa.com
  • 2007 - Best of State – Pool and Spa
  • 2006 - Mountain West Venture Group Utah Top 100 – 69th Fastest Growing Company in Utah [6]
  • 2005 - Mountain West Venture Group Utah Top 100 – 56th Fastest Growing Company in Utah [7]
  • 2006 - Best of State – Pool and Spa [8]
  • 2005 - Best of State – Pool and Spa [9]
  • 2005 - Best of State – Wholesale Durable Goods [10]
  • 2004 - Best of State – Wholesale Durable Goods
  • 2004 - National Award Nominee – Entrepreneur of the Year – Manufacturing (Utah)
  • 2004 - Mountain West Venture Group Utah Top 100 – 51st Fastest Growing Company in Utah [11]
  • 2004 - Winner – Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Manufacturing (Utah) [12]
  • 2003 - Best of State – Wholesale Durable Goods
  • 2003 - Finalist – Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Manufacturing (Utah)
  • 2003 - Mountain West Venture Group Utah Top 100 – 26th Fastest Growing Company in Utah [13]
  • 2002 - Mountain West Venture Group Utah Top 100 – 4th Fastest Growing Company in Utah [1][14]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "About Bullfrog International". Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Hi-Tech Hot Tub Company Welcomes New CEO". 25 February 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  3. ^ Mogharabi, Shabnam (9 January 2006) "Old world sizzle: European hot tub sales have soared in recent years. Will the trend continue?" Pool & Spa News 45(1): pp. 52–57
  4. ^ Staff (13 February 2006) "Bullfrog Int'l. adopts TUV safety rating" Pool & Spa News 45(3): p. 24
  5. ^ "Bullfrog Spas is Voted Best Hot Tub 2012". Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  6. ^ MountainWest Capital Network
  7. ^ MountainWest Capital Network
  8. ^ Utah Best of State
  9. ^ Utah Best of State
  10. ^ Utah Best of State
  11. ^ MountainWest Capital Network
  12. ^ Pool & Spa News, Ludlow earns Ernst & Young honors, March 14, 2005 http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0NTB/is_6_44/ai_n13481133
  13. ^ MountainWest Capital Network
  14. ^ http://www.mwvgutah100.org/utah100/utah100.php

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