On August 11, a fire started in the rear material storage area of Jacuzzi’s Tijuana, Mexico manufacturing facility. While an ominous black cloud of smoke billowed into the sky, the damage to the factory was minimal, due in part to a fire suppression system, as well as the effective response by the local Tijuana fire department.
In a statement provided by Ed Sofia, senior vice president of marketing for Jacuzzi, the fire started at approximately 2 p.m. and was contained by 6 p.m. the same day. Three employees conducting routine maintenance were present, evacuated and alerted first responders — no one was injured. Damage was reported to some manufacturing equipment and supplies, but the majority of the company’s production capabilities remained intact. In fact, the front portion of the factory was inspected, granted license to operate by local fire authorities, and was up and running again within two business days.