With the warm season just a couple months away, the time is coming to start clearing up the back yard for space to enjoy the weather, and take a dip in the bubbles of a spa.
The selection for spas is going to be wider with spa manufacturer Turbo Spas moving its entire operation to the Central Valley.
Turbo Spas Manufacturing LLC will be moving its headquarters from Adelanto, in San Bernardino County, to Reedley.
Located on Buttonwillow Avenue, just south of Dinuba Avenue, the 12,000 square foot manufacturing plant will also have a retail showroom in the front of the building.
Jeff Davis, founder of Turbo Spas LLC, has spent most of his life in the industry, first working for his father, who was one of the first Northern California hot tub/ spa retailers.
In 1991 Davis opened up his own company, Turbo Spas Retail, in Dublin, Calfornia, and after nearly 20 years of steady business, the company got into manufacturing in early 2012 and Turbo Spas LLC was born and headquartered in Adelanto.
“It used to be that it was pretty seasonal, but over the past couple of years it seems like year round is busy,” said Sandy Davis, an officer, secretary and treasurer of Turbo Spas LLC, and wife of Jeff Davis. “We are pretty consistently busy.”
Turbo Spas moved because of changes to the zoning of an area that it purchased. It was rezoned for marijuana cultivation and retail sales, so the Davis’s started looking around for a new location.
Jeff Davis eventually came across Reedley, and because of the ease of working with the city, and the existing building they are moving into fulfilling all the needs for manufacturing, the city was a perfect fit for Turbo Spas.
The new facility is 12,500 square feet, with seven new employees currently hired, and a goal to reach 20 employees.
Depending on the backlog of orders, about 2,500 hundred spas are produced a year, with a manufacturing time of six to eight weeks.
Davis says that the company runs with a philosophy of quality over quantity, and that it doesn’t aim to be the biggest, but to make a superior product than its competitors. Davis says that with her husband’s life long career in the industry, he knows what it takes to make a quality spa, and to eliminate mistakes that are easy to avoid and reduce service calls.
Though Turbo Spas delivers a high quality product, Davis said that the price for one of their spas is lower than the “astronomical” prices for spas from other companies. There is also a stress to educate customers on what to look for in a spa and to shop around and make an informed decision.
Davis said that all spa manufacturers get their materials from the same producers, and that it’s in the care of the construction that the difference is made.
For comparison, a Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa from Master Spas without essentials could cost between $26,000 to around $40,000, and you are mostly paying for the branding of a celebrity name. An average cost for a swim spa from Turbo Spas will run about $14,000 to $22,000.
Davis said she is happy to hire new employees from the area, none of which have experience in spa manufacturing, so they could learn a new skill, and give to the new community they are moving into.
“We want to continue to grow,” Davis said. “Get additional people, additional dealers. We don’t want to get that big, we want to get to a sweet spot and keep it there. We just want to continue to build a good product and call Reedley our new home.”