Greater Ottumwa Partners in Progress (GOPIP) announced a new manufacturer will begin operations in Ottumwa by the end of the year.
Sharon Stroh, Vice President of Industrial Development at GOPIP, says MAAX Spas, a hot tub and swim spa manufacturer located in Arizona, will move into the former Universal Rundle facility on North Court Street. Stroh explained how MAAX Spas moved into a building that had been closed for 13 years.
“When Universal rundle was making tub enclosures there, they closed their doors in 2008. They Kept the property all these years,” Stroh said.
Stroh said she showed the property to several prospects but none were interested. Over the years, Universal Rundle (and its property) was purchased by other companies and eventually fell into the ownership of American Bath Group, a parent company of MAAX Spas.
“When MAAX decided to do this and move the production of the swim spa line, they already had the facility in their property group,” Stroh said.
Stroh says MAAX Spas must do a number of things to get the building up to code including electricity, lighting, fire suppression, and air quality. Stroh says the company’s aim is to have the first tub rolling off the line before the end of the year.
Stroh estimates multiple jobs will be brought to Ottumwa as a result of this new business coming to town.
“By the end of this year, they should have about 15 [jobs] in place. by the end of 2022, they expect that to increase to 50.”
According to a press release, the Vita Spa STR and American Whirlpool Powerpool swim spa line will be produced and distributed to a market of over 26 countries worldwide from the Ottumwa facility.
(Image from maaxspas.com)