This year has been a transformative one for those in the hot tub industry who have found themselves having to adjust to a post-pandemic world. For many, that has meant preparing for sales to return to normal or pulling back on production rates, but for the staff of King Technology, it has meant opening an entirely new $14.5 million facility in a new town. 
After nearly two decades as owner of A&B Accessories in West Fork, Arkansas, John Olson is retiring. With no plans for further business ventures, Olson says his only goal for this new act in his life is to catch up with friends and family all over the country.
Hot Tubs Northwest, with locations in Burlington and Ferndale, Washington, has always been a drop-off center for Toys for Tots, which collects and distributes new toys for less fortunate children at Christmas.
Hot tubs and pools weren’t the only products to see a huge spike in sales. According to market research company NPD Group, sales of outdoor and sports toys saw a 53% increase in 2020, and while that spike may have died down, the demand seems to still be going strong.