This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
During my recent flight into St. George I was amazed to see how many swimming pools the area has. I always assumed there were a lot but was surprised to see such a large percentage of private homes with swimming pools.
I visited with Curt Johansen, owner of Johansen's Pool Service in St. George. He confirmed my comments about the vast number of pools I noticed from the air. Washington County has more pools than any other part of the state," he told me.
Sixteen years ago, Curt came to St. George to work with his father in the pool plastering business. Although business was good, they still had downtime and there wasn't enough work to keep a full-time crew. Curt decided to augment the business by adding a pool maintenance and service division. It was a great idea.
Initially, Johansen's Pool Service had contracts with seven pools. Today, the company services more than 500 pools, which keeps the 20 Johansen employees very busy! Competition was scarce at first, which allowed the company to grow rapidly. Pool servicing companies are now quite common, but Johansen's Pool Service has developed a reputation for fast, dependable and excellent service which gives it an edge over the competition. Word of mouth has also generated interest in the company.
Curt says Johansen Pool Service employees are not only experienced but also well trained. He regularly holds training sessions put on by swimming pool manufacturers as well as classes on heaters, pumps and other aspects of the swimming pool.
Johansen's Pool Service has clients from Beaver to the state's southern border. The company also has contracts with seven municipalities to service and maintain community pools. Although the present economy has caused a slowdown in new pool plastering, the service portion of the business continues to grow.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.