September 30, 2007—Watkins Manufacturing, maker of Hot Spring® and Caldera® spas, announced that the San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) RideLink Program has presented the company with a Diamond Award, which honors organizations and individuals for their outstanding contributions to reducing traffic congestion in the San Diego region. Watkins is one of only 15 companies in the San Diego community recognized with this prestigious award.

To qualify as a candidate for a Diamond Award, a company or individual must promote vanpooling, carpooling, or the use of mass transit, support flexible work hours or teleworking, and offer subsidies or incentives for any of these activities.

According to Sandra Shuda, Watkins Vice President of Human Resources, the company offers its employees commuter benefits programs such as carpools, vanpools, and a bus pass subsidy program to alleviate parking issues, traffic congestion, and employee stress. “Watkins is committed to helping reduce traffic congestion on our region’s freeways, and promoting a work/life balance among our employees,” said Shuda. “We are honored to be recognized by SANDAG, and our goal is to continue to our carpooling and subsidy programs in the future with added benefits and employee education.”

About Hot Spring Spas
Watkins has a worldwide dealer network of over 950 sales and service centers in all 50 states, Canada, and 60 other countries, and is a division of Masco Corporation (MAS-NYSE), a Fortune 500 company whose quality products include Delta® faucets, KraftMaid® cabinets, Behr® paints. The company is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. More information and dealer locations are available online, or by phoning 1-800-401-2768.