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November 13, 2008—Watkins Manufacturing, makers of Hot Spring® Spas, the world’s number one selling brand, announced today that out of all companies in San Diego and over 130 nominees, it received the Crystal Workplace Excellence Award – one of only two grand awards 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.
Watkins President, Steve Hammock and Vice President of Human Resources, Sandra Shuda, accepted the award in front of a multi-thousand crowd of executives representing employers from throughout San Diego County. “We are extremely honored to receive this recognition and to be selected from among such a prestigious group of organizations and leaders,” said Steve Hammock. “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 added.
Some of Watkins Manufacturing attributes that were recognized include:
Established in 1977, Vista, Calif.-based Watkins Manufacturing Corp. is the manufacturer of Hot Spring® 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.