Pool Water Products is not only one of the most successful full-line distributors of pool and spa products in California, but one of the largest distributors in the country.
With seven full-line distribution outlets in California, each carrying in excess of $2 million worth of inventory, Pool Water Products last year had annual sales of about $40 million and expects to do the same or slightly better this year.
The founder, president and driving force behind Pool Water Products is Marvin Allred, a youthful-looking, 56-year old, self-confessed "workaholic," whose experience in both the retail and wholesale sides of the pool industry may be unrivaled.
"While I was here for that three months, I not only filled in for the repairman, but opened another store in La Mirada and, in May, 1965, opened Pool Water Products," recalls Allred.
Year by year, business only got better for Pool Water Products. Then, in 1968, Allred suffered a major heart attack, which had a lot to do with the fact that he was working six and sometimes seven days a week and those were twelve and sometimes fourteen hour days.
Veto had been working in the business for a number of years and, together with the invaluable assistance of Don Cotton, purchasing agent for the Pool Water Products organization (who had been with Allred from the early days), took charge and held the business together.
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