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Watkins Manufacturing


Recognized with Crystal Workplace Excellence Award
Employees are Cornerstone of Company’s Success

Vista, Calif./November 13, 2008

Watkins Manufacturing, makers of Hot Spring® Spas, the world’s number one selling brand of portable spas and Caldera® Spas, known for Pure Comfort™, announced today that it received the Crystal Workplace Excellence Award in the large company category from the San Diego Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

The ninth-annual event honored companies that demonstrated human resource practices that have contributed to superior employee satisfaction and company performance. Watkins was previously nominated by employees for a Workplace Excellence award two years in a row (2006 and 2007) and was selected as a Medallion honoree by the San Diego SHRM both times.

“We are extremely honored to receive this recognition and to once again, be included in such a prestigious group of organizations and leaders,” says Steven Hammock, Watkins President. “Our employees are the company. I continue to be impressed by the spirit, ingenuity, and sense of ownership exhibited by each and every team member,” he adds.

Some of Watkins Manufacturing attributes that were recognized include:

• The company boasts an annual voluntary turnover rate of 5% in a demanding market for talent. The average employee has worked at Watkins for at least 10 years.

• Core values such as ensuring all business practices are done in an ethical way, being transparent, building successful work teams with strong leaders, encouraging innovation and continuous improvement, developing strategic thinkers, and providing a safe work environment are promoted throughout the company.

• There are many programs that attract and retain top talent including a Star Search Program to help bring in qualified candidates through the employee network, Mobile Health Screening that brings in medical service providers assisting employees in receiving early medical detection, Company Achievement Sharing Bonus Plan, Profit Sharing, Tuition Reimbursement, Leadership Training, Supervisory Skills Workshops, On-site University training, Employee Assistance Program, Service Award Ceremonies and Safety Programs.

• The community of employees can stay healthy and connected through programs such as an on-site Weight Watchers club, a Walking Club, discounts at major fitness clubs, employee sports teams, health-related Brown-bag sessions and more.

• The company’s “Think Green” program includes a Commuter Benefits Program which provides its employees with alternatives such as vanpools, carpools, subsidized transit passes, and flexible work schedules.

Established in 1977, Vista, Calif.-based Watkins Manufacturing Corp. is the manufacturer of Hot Spring® Spas, Caldera® Spas, Limelight™ Hot Tubs, Tiger River® Spas, Solana® Spas, and Hot Spot® Spas. 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 Corporation, a Fortune 250 company whose quality products include Delta® faucets, KraftMaid® cabinets and Behr® paints. Learn more about Watkins at www.hotspring.comor www.calderaspas.com.
To arrange an interview, contact Laurie Batter, BatterUp! Productions, 760-438-9304 or email batterup@batterupproductions.com.