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Watkins Manufacturing Corp.
Phone: (760) 305-4134
Friday, February 29, 2008
Aria Hot Tub from Hot Spring Spas Wins New
Product Development Award from Parent Masco Corp.
February 29, 2008--Watkins Manufacturing Corp. has received
a 2007 New Product Development Award for its outstanding work on
the Hot Spring® AriaTM spa from parent
company Masco Corp.
"Masco presents the New Product Development Award annually to
its operating companies that have achieved exceptional success
in delivering innovative and commercially important new products
to the market," said Steve Hammock, president of Vista-based
"The entire team
that developed and built the Aria spa deserves all the
recognition for this award. They created a great product that
has been a consumer favorite, as well as one that meets the high
standards of our parent company."
Consumers Digest Best Buy, the Aria spa provides comfortable
seating for five adults. It includes Hot Spring exclusives like
the moving Moto-Massage® DX jet, plus directional and
rotational Precision® jets in the calf area of the
lounge for enhanced hydromassage. The sleek cabinet profile adds
a contemporary flair to any backyard. And to complete the Aria
spa experience, owners can relax to the sound of their favorite
song playing on the factory-installed music system.
Masco received 37
nominations for the 2007 New Product and Innovation Awards from
its operating companies, said Donny DeMarie, Masco Executive
Vice President, Masco New Product Development Committee.
The nominees were evaluated for their innovative content, market
significance and financial impact. The success of the Hot Spring
Aria spa in all three areas earned it recognition as a Silver
New Product Development winner.
"We were impressed
with the integration of a number of thoughtful design elements
with a tasteful blend of high-performance characteristics," De
Marie said. "In our view, the Aria spa combines comfort, therapy
and a pop-up sound system for a total lifestyle experience."
Hammock accepted a
trophy and a framed poster recognizing the award at the Masco
General Managers' Meeting at Masco headquarters in
About Masco Corporation
Headquartered in Taylor, Michigan, Masco
Corporation is one of the world's leading manufacturers of home
improvement and building products, as well as a leading provider
of services that include the installation of insulation and
other building products. Additional information is available at
About Hot Spring
1977, Vista, Calif.-based Watkins Manufacturing Corp. is the
manufacturer of Hot Spring Spas. More than 800,000 spas have
been sold since Watkins' inception. Watkins' worldwide dealer
network of more than 950 sales and service centers is in all 50
states, Canada and more than 60 other
countries. Watkins is a division of Masco Corp. (MAS-NYSE), a
Fortune 500 company whose quality products include Delta®
faucets, KraftMaid® cabinets and Behr®
paints. More information is available at