In 1968 Jack Engelhart was a partner at A.P. Engelhart Company, a wholesale plumbing and heating business in Flint, Michigan. He attended a National Swimming Pool Institute show in Anaheim, California that year to determine if there was a need for a wholesale distributor in the very young swimming pool industry. Concluding that the industry could indeed benefit from distributors, he began to stock swimming pool equipment.
After three years Jack sold his interest in the plumbing and heating business and began Quality Pool Supply. He opened a small warehouse in his hometown of Clio, partnering with Bill Morrish, who had worked at A.P. Engelhart as controller.
With one truck, Quality Pool Supply delivered 99 inground pools that first summer in 1971. Jobsite delivery was virtually unheard-of at that time, but it set the tone of customer service that has been Quality Pools hallmark ever since. We were also the first pool distributor in Michigan that did not sell retail as well. Jack and Bills strategy was to partner with, rather than compete with, their customers.
Jack says that he enjoyed dealing with his early customers back in the 1970s, many of whom became good friends. Jack and Bill built a new warehouse in the fall of 1971 that would be Quality Pool Supplys home and headquarters for over thirty years.
Address: 5303 W. Vienna Rd.
Clio, MI 48420-9460
Cary Engelhart, Pres.