Jacuzzi Brands LLC (/əˈkzi/; Italian: [jaˈkuttsi]), through its subsidiaries, is a global manufacturer and distributor of branded baths, hot tubs, pools, saunas and, formerly, aircraft. Founded in 1915 by the Italian family of the same name, Jacuzzi is a federally registered trademark of Jacuzzi Inc. as of September 5, 1978.[1]

Jacuzzi Inc.
TypePrivate
IndustryPlumbing manufacturing
Founded1915; 107 years ago (1915)
FounderJacuzzi family
Headquarters,
U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsMattresses, hot tubs, bath tubs, showers, toilets, sinks, and accessories
OwnerInvestindustrial
Number of employees
4,000+
SubsidiariesSundance Spas, ThermoSpas, Dimension One Spas, Hydropool, Bathwraps, Dream Maker Spas, Sunrise Spas
Websitewww.jacuzzi.com

HistoryEdit

Jacuzzi Brothers was founded in 1915 by seven Italian brothers from Casarsa della Delizia, Friuli, in Northern Italy,[2][3] led by Rachele, who had worked for James Smith McDonnell,[4] and invented the first wood laminate propeller.[5][6] The company made wooden propellers under military contracts, based at 2043 San Pablo Avenue,[citation needed] Berkeley, California. In 1920, the brothers also dabbled briefly with aircraft design and manufacture, with a single-seat monoplane and a seven-seat cabin monoplane. Both aircraft were noted for their use of laminated wood products for fuselage manufacture, but were essentially unsuccessful, with only one of each type being built. In 1921, Giocondo Jacuzzi, the pilot, and two company employees, were killed when one of their airplanes crashed in Modesto.[7] By 1923, the company was styled as Jacuzzi Bros Propellers, with headquarters at 1450 San Pablo Ave.[8]

In 1956, when Candido[9] Jacuzzi's 15-month-old son,[10] Kenneth, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, Candido Jacuzzi and Floyd M. Nash[11] designed a pump, the J-300, that could be submerged in a bathtub to provide hydrotherapy treatments. In 1968, Jacuzzi created the world's first integrated jet whirlpool bath, and by 1970, Jacuzzi invented larger indoor tubs to accommodate groups of people or whole families.[12]

In the late 70s, the Jacuzzi family took the company public and sold to Kidde & Company, Inc. for $70 million.[4]

In October 2006, private equity firm Apollo Management announced a $990 million leveraged buyout of Jacuzzi Brands.[13] In 2019, Jacuzzi LLC was acquired by Investindustrial.[14]

In June 2022, security researcher Eaton Zveare discovered a React (JavaScript library)-Auth0 vulnerability in the Jacuzzi SmartTub network backend, exposing user information and account credentials.[15][16]

SponsorshipEdit

The company sponsors the athletes of the American skiing team, whose training facilities are equipped with Jacuzzi hot tubs and hydromassage equipment.[17][18][19][20]

Jacuzzi aircraftEdit

Jacuzzi 1920 Single Seater Monoplane 1
Powered by a converted Ford Model T engine.[8][21]
Jacuzzi 1920 Single Seater Monoplane 2
modified aircraft with re-designed tail unit and powered by a Roberts 4-X engine
Jacuzzi J-7 Reo[8][22][23]

Further readingEdit

  • Jacuzzi, Ken; Holloway, Diane (December 2005). Jacuzzi: A Father's Invention to Ease a Son's Pain. iUniverse. ISBN 978-0-595-37097-9.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "USPTO-Trademark Search". tmsearch.uspto.gov. USPTO. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "Italia d' America". la Repubblica (in Italian). December 27, 2009.
  3. ^ Lorenzetto, Stefano (2013). Hic sunt leones: venticinque storie di veneti notevoli [Hic Sunt Leones: Twenty-five Stories of Notable Venetians] (in Italian). Venice: Marsilio. ISBN 978-88-317-1563-8.
  4. ^ a b Paulas, Rick (6 October 2015). "A Hot Take on the Steamy History of the Jacuzzi". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  5. ^ "California's Cline Cellars cuts prices on Ancient Vines and Jacuzzi". The Seattle Times. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Jacuzzi Propeller, Fixed-Pitch, Two-Blade, Wood". National Air and Space Museum. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Jacuzzi Plane Wrecked" Aerial Age Weekly (July 25, 1921): 461.
  8. ^ a b c Eckland, K.O. (2008-08-15). "Aircraft of North America 1903-2003: Ja - Ju". Aerofiles. USA. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  9. ^ Fowler, Glenn (10 October 1986). "CANDIDO JACUZZI, 83, IS DEAD; INVENTOR OF WHIRPOOL BATH". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  10. ^ "Ceremony set for Jacuzzi inventor". UPI. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
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  12. ^ "LEGACY". jacuzzi.com.
  13. ^ Jacuzzi Brands Is Going Private. The New York Times (Reuters), October 12, 2006.
  14. ^ "Investindustrial - Jacuzzi Brands". www.investindustrial.com. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  15. ^ Gault, Matthew (21 June 2022). "Researcher Hacks Into Backend for Network of Smart Jacuzzis". vice.com. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  16. ^ Zveare, Eaton (20 June 2022). "Hacking into the worldwide Jacuzzi SmartTub network". eaton-works.com. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  17. ^ "Official Sponsor of the US Ski Team - Jacuzzi". en.jacuzzi.eu. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  18. ^ "Sponsorships". Jacuzzi Hot Tubs in United States. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  19. ^ "U.S. Ski Team Announces Partnership With Jacuzzi Brand". U.S. Ski Team. December 2, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  20. ^ "The Jacuzzi Brand is a proud sponsor of the U.S. Ski Team and FIS Alpine World Cup Tour". 3 December 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  21. ^ "No. 9530. Jacuzzi Monoplane". Shumaker Collection. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  22. ^ "Jacuzzi Seven Passenger Monoplane". Aviation and Aircraft Journal. 10. 1921. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  23. ^ "No. 6628. Jacuzzi J-7 Reo". Shumaker Collection. Retrieved 8 May 2013.

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