Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools USA: Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

This year marks a monumental milestone for Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools, as we proudly celebrate our 40th anniversary. From humble beginnings to becoming a global leader in the fiberglass swimming pool manufacturing industry, our journey has been nothing short of extraordinary.

Since 1984, Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools has steadily expanded to firmly establish ourselves as one of the largest fiberglass pool manufacturers worldwide, with an annual production of over 3,500 swimming pools. This incredible achievement is a testament to our relentless dedication to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction.

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Our Beginning: A Vision That Crossed Oceans

In an ambitious move, Tony Walton brought the essence of Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools to the United States, a venture that has flourished beyond expectations.

Our journey began in early 2003, when Tony and his wife Carolyn first came to America, visiting pool shows and selling pools even before they had any pools on American soil! Australian pools finally arrived by May of that year, and we were off and running!  

Over the next 6 years Tony relied solely on Australian-made pools to service his customers. Tony and Caroline spent the next 4 years traveling the country, selling Barrier Reef Fiberglass pools, and helping customers make their swimming pool dreams come true, one pool at a time. 

By 2007, it was time to expand their two-person operation to keep up with business, and three new employees were added to the roster. An amazingly brief two years later, the business had grown so substantially that it became necessary to manufacture our pools in the USA.

Their search for a home base took them far afield, first to Zephyrhills, Florida, then to Brunswick, Georgia, and on to Savannah, Georgia, before they finally settled in Timmonsville, South Carolina. That’s where Tony and his expanding team opened a 50,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in 2009, setting the stage for unparalleled growth in the American market.

Pools arrive from Australia in 2003 - 40th Anniversary

Pools arriving from Australia in 2003

Beyond Manufacturing: Building a Legend

As the years passed, business boomed, and Tony’s hardworking company flourished and grew. Our explosive growth meant new facilities had to be built, including a dedicated Mold Maintenance shop in 2014.

More production also required a larger distribution area, and despite voracious public desire for our products Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools managed to keep their supply ahead of demand by establishing many regional distribution centers to disseminate their pools to waiting dealers.

Throughout the last decade we added distribution centers in: Canada (2012), Ohio (2013), Illinois (2014), Texas (2015), Alabama (2017), Tennessee (2022), and most recently, in New Jersey (2023).

Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools USA began as a dream, just Tony and his wife Caroline, traveling the country and selling swimming pools everywhere they went. But that tiny crew quickly grew to 3 employees and has now expanded into a skilled workforce of over 90 employees. 

Meanwhile, our very first hire, Kylie (“employee number 1”), still works for the company 17 years later! That degree of company loyalty is common among our team and makes clear how great it is to work for the company and how well Tony takes care of his people! 

Now, with four decades of excellence under our belt, Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools has proven to be our staying power in the industry. That longevity signifies unmatched quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction.

Barrier Reef Pools' 40th anniversary isn't just a number; it's a testament to decades of achievements. From pioneering new pool designs to revolutionizing industry standards, many significant milestones have defined Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools' legacy of excellence.

Tony Walton delivers pools in the 2000s - 40th Anniversary

Tony Walton, Founder of Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools, getting ready to deliver pools in the early days!

A further quality that distinguishes Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools is our commitment not just to creating pools but fostering a community. With 70% of our work stemming from customer referrals, it's clear that our dedication to excellence resonates with our clients.

Our connection with the swimming pool enthusiast community, dealers, and industry professionals is founded on mutual trust and the highest standards of service.

Modern Pool - 40th Anniversary

Looking Ahead: The Future of Barrier Reef Pools USA

Today, Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools LLC stands as a premier manufacturer of fiberglass pools in the United States. Our expansive distribution centers across the U.S. and Canada, coupled with a constantly growing dealer network, position us seamlessly for sustained growth and innovation in the fiberglass pool market.

At the heart of Barrier Reef Pools' success is our unwavering dedication to quality and innovation. From our innovative pool designs to our commitment to using the latest technology and materials, we've consistently gone above and beyond to raise the bar for excellence in the industry.

Another factor that sets Barrier Fiberglass Reef Pools apart is our personalized approach to customer service. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to guiding clients through every step of the pool installation process, establishing a reputation for reliability, trustworthiness, and unparalleled customer satisfaction.

Safety and a Duty of Care

It has long been a benchmark of Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools that we care about our customers and are dedicated to ensuring only the best outcomes for them on their pool ownership journey.

In pursuit of that goal, every authorized Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools dealer across the USA is approved by us, and we check references and run background checks to make sure they are honest businesses with the qualifications and know-how to install our products.

By investing the time and effort to screen and train each dealer who joins our network, we ensure the high quality of service we instill when building our pools is continued by local dealers who install our pools in your backyard.   

We have recently announced that we are now certified by the International Code Council (ICC), and as a Code Council certificate holder, we are furthering our commitment to protect public health, safety, and welfare. Not only do we deliver a beautiful and durable product, but we are committed to making our pools safe!

Tony with customers - 40th Anniversary

Tony with customers in Florida in the early 2000’s

The Best Team in the Business

Our talented team of knowledgeable fabricators methodically constructs each and every one of our fiberglass pools by hand, crafted by devoted artisans creating a product with pride that is made in America.

No one at Barrier Reef is more dedicated to quality than Tony Walton, our founder and owner. What makes us so successful? Well, as Tony says, “We have a good product, we are active in the marketplace, we’re sincere in what we do, and we care about the product we build and deliver to our customers.”

Tony puts that same care into every pool he designs. Always ready to listen to what his customers want, he takes their suggestions to heart—both at the design board and on the manufacturing floor. Because he actively listens to customer feedback, our company has its finger on the pulse of what today’s pool buyers are looking for.

Tony in factory - 40th Anniversary

Tony Walton, hard at work on the factory floor

Tony is also dedicated to teaching the next generation how to make Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools! He spends a lot of time out in the factory, diligently passing along the hard-won techniques and proprietary knowledge that will sustain us for years to come.

That care and dedication has been our recipe for success for over four decades and will remain the core of our guiding vision as we continue to build a bright future for Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools LLC by making prospective pool owners' dreams come true, one pool at a time.

For those considering adding a swimming pool to their backyard, there's never been a better time to explore what Barrier Reef Fiberglass Pools can offer. Join us in celebrating 40 years of excellence by letting us help you create your perfect backyard oasis.

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