The Leisure Pools facility is set on a large island in Tennessee, with the French Broad River flowing around it.
Photo courtesy Leisure Pools The Leisure Pools facility is set on a large island in Tennessee, with the French Broad River flowing around it.

Composite fiberglass pool manufacturer Leisure Pools has undertaken an aggressive growth strategy.

Within the next three years, it plans to hire 150 more people, bringing the staff up to 250 and marking a 150 percent increase.

This year, 17 new pool models were launched, and more are on the drawing boards for 2016, said David Pain, president of the firm’s North American operation.

The company also is focused on its two sister companies: Imagine Pools makes an exclusive line of composite fiberglass pools for distribution through PoolCorp to customers of PoolCorp. The operation was launched early this year.

The other company, Orion Composites, is a diversified venture that produces Hydra Sports Custom’s million-dollar-plus center console boats and recently secured a long-term contract to make composite components for cancer treatment medical equipment developed by ProNova.

Announcements of the plans came during the firm’s annual dealer conference, held with the grand opening of the Knoxville, Tenn., facility it acquired last year. Formerly owned by Brunswick Corp., for which it served as headquarters for Sea Ray and Bayliner boats, the property includes seven buildings, totals more than 350,000 square feet, and is set on an 84-acre island.

“[This] is now the largest composite fiberglass pool manufacturing facility in the world,” Pain said.

Family-owned and operated Leisure Pools traces its roots back to Australia, where it was founded in 2000. It is headed by David Pain (North America) and his father, Kerry Pain (Australia). More than 400 dealers represent the brand in over 20 countries. The company’s U.S. manufacturing operations began in San Antonio 11 years ago. The company established its own research center eight years ago, under the direction of a polymer chemist.