Waterway Inc., a custom molder for the pool and spa industry, has built an 82,000-square-foot warehouse next to its Oxnard, Calif., plant. The warehouse, begun last fall and completed in May, will free up Waterway's 75,000-square-foot building for more manufacturing, said Waterway General Manager Jon Quinn.
``We will devote the old building to manufacturing, and the newer building to shipping and warehousing,'' he said.
Although the firm has no immediate plans to add capacity, Quinn said the expansion ``gives us the option to expand when we feel we're ready.''
Waterway moved into its Oxnard plant four years ago, Quinn said. It has added some presses during that time. The firm operates an undisclosed number of JSW and Van Dorn presses, with clamping forces of 100-1,000 tons, he said. It employs about 300, hiring temporary help for light manufacturing during spring and summer, its peak seasons.
The company injection molds valves and other parts from PVC, ABS and polycarbonates for pool and spa manufacturers worldwide. But most of its business is concentrated on the West Coast, Quinn said.
Quinn praised the city of Oxnard for its handling of Waterway's latest project. When the company raised its first building, it encountered a less-than-cooperative Oxnard. This time around, he said, the city had worked out the kinks.
``We were involved with building this first building four years ago and we had a horrible time getting anything accomplished,'' Quinn said. ``This one was relatively smooth.''
The 20-year-old, family-owned firm does not disclose sales.