The History Of Blue Thumb…

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2020
January 1

2020 and Beyond…

Today, Blue Thumb focuses on assisting our customers in becoming more successful in promoting, selling, and installing all types of Ponds, Waterfalls, & Fountains.

Our business is blessed to have each of you as customers. We appreciate your loyalty to us and take your success and business seriously. Please feel free to contact me personally should you ever feel the need- I’d love to hear from you!

 

2019
October 1

In 2019…

In 2019…

Seeing the need to consolidate, we purchased a 126,000 sq ft facility located at 2650 Schust Road in Saginaw. This allowed us to consolidate our four warehouses and bring all our employees, inventory, and production under one roof and provides us the room to expand into the future.

We also began to align our different products under one brand- Blue Thumb. This was a significant change but as we’ve acquired companies and product lines over the years it became necessary to align under a singular brand name.

2018
October 1

In 2018…

In 2018…

Then, in October, Blue Thumb acquired Bacti-Twist a biological media used in pond and aquarium filtration.

June 1

In 2018…

In 2018…

Blue Thumb proudly announces they are the first manufacturer in the water feature industry to invest in their own rotational molding machine. The $500,000 investment allows us to control the quality and availability of our pond filtration and fountain reservoir/basin products as well as helps us keep a better control on rising costs.

2017
September 1

In 2017…

In 2017…

In September of 2017 we acquired LiquidArt Fountains, a manufacturer of GFRC (glass-fiber reinforced concrete) boulder fountains. This acquisition perfected our formula to replicate nature’s boulders as fountains.

2014
August 1

In 2014…

In 2014…

In the Summer of 2014, we updated the Blue Thumb brand identity. We needed a logo that better represented our water feature company and could be easily reproduced across all of our marketing from catalogs to clothing for our team members.

March 1

In 2014…

In 2014…

In March of 2014 we acquired Aqua Bella Designs, a manufacturer of professional-grade fountain systems including vases, copper trees, bubbling boulders, and basalt columns. Aqua Bella basins are manufactured under the name Aqua Box and hold a patent with the United States Patent & Trademark Office. The acquisition provided us with a quality and time-tested product line and immediate access to a nationwide network of Landscape Architects and Designers.

2012
January 1

In 2012…

In 2012…

We completed a 25,000 sq ft expansion of our warehouse allowing us to become more efficient packing orders and live up to our goal of shipping all orders within 24 hours of receipt. The expansion allowed us to expand our R&D space which will help us in perfecting existing products and develop tomorrow’s products and ideas.

2006
January 1

In 2006…

In 2006…

We put all our ideas and feedback from customers into our own design and created the PondBuilder brand of water feature equipment. This allowed us to control the quality, availability, features, & benefits of the products and I am extremely proud of what our team has accomplished in such a short time. PondBuilder products are now available at the finest retail establishments and are installed by like-minded professional installers across the US.

2005
January 1

Fast forward to 2005…

Fast forward to 2005…

We grew steadily along with the rest of the pond industry but still felt we were not assisting customers exactly as we wanted. We wanted a line of water feature equipment that met the quality demands of our customers. We wanted a product line that had all the features our customers were requesting and we determined the only way to get that was to invest in our own tooling and create our own product line.

2000
January 1

By 2000…

By 2000…

Not only were we installing our own water features but we were getting requests from other landscapers to educate them on how to install them properly. I saw the need for education & training with quality equipment and so by the end of 2000, I stopped installing water features and opened Blue Thumb, which would focus exclusively on selling at both wholesale & retail everything relating to ponds & water features.

1998
January 1

In 1998…

Many customers were coming into the store requesting pond supplies which eventually lead to us installing ponds professionally. In 1998 I decided that managing the pet store was keeping us from focusing on what we did best- water features. I sold the store and purchased a building to operate our water feature installation/maintenance business from.

1996
January 1

In 1996…

After college I came back to Saginaw and purchased a local pet store so I had somewhere to operate my maintenance business from. It was 1996 and the pond industry was about to go into major growth mode.

1992
January 1

In 1992…

In 1992…

Aquariums were a passion of mine growing up as a child. So much so that I started Blue Lagoon Aquatics as a senior in high school (1992) cleaning aquariums at doctor offices after school.