(established early 1900s)
Since the late 1960s the name Jacuzzi has become internationally synonymous with the whirlpool bath. Jacuzzi, the world's best‐selling brand, has been at the forefront of innovation in the field with over 250 registered patents for water jet technology, air controls, and other key elements across the product range. This commitment to product development has ensured the company's place at the forefront of the industry across the world. The Jacuzzi Company's origins lay in the emigration of the Jacuzzi family from Italy to California in the early years of the 20th century. Over the years Jacuzzi Brothers established a reputation for inventions in a wide variety of product fields. Significant in the development of the Jacuzzi was the invention in 1956 of a portable hydrotherapy pump for the treatment of arthritis, the resulting product being sold to schools and hospitals. In the following decade, Roy Jacuzzi capitalized on the growing North American market for health and fitness products, inventing and marketing the first fully integrated whirlpool bath by incorporating jets in the side of the bath. Registered under the trademarked name of Jacuzzi, the product proved a market success, its market dominance reinforced by continuing innovations and refinements to the system. These included heating and water filtration systems and the development of larger spa units that could accommodate several people, the first of which was made in 1970. The Jacuzzi family sold its interests to the Kidde company in New York in 1979, although Roy Jacuzzi remained to manage the Jacuzzi side of the business.
Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.