Family-owned and operated swimming pool and spa firms like Banks Blue Valley and Spa in Overland Park, Kan. are the backbone of the industry. And while many exist, it's not every day we get to read about them in mainstream media. Luckily, The Kansas City Star sat down with the owners, Lynn and Roger Banks and their son, Hoyt, to learn about the pool construction and retail business they purchased in 1982.

In the article, the family shares everything from how the company got its start (Rogers father actually founded the company primarily as a pool service firm in 1964), the challenges they face, and plans for the future.

“Dream of all dreams is that our kids take over,” the Banks told the news agency.

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