The initial demand for Val-Pak’s repair parts was overwhelming. As equipment makers discontinued various parts, Val-Pak began producing them. Beginning with the copper liner, Val-Pak’s product line has grown to include more than 750 repair and replacement products.
In 1984, Ben Solakian and his son Mike opened a 2,500-square-foot building in Saugus, California. Val-Pak continued to expand their parts line and also began packaging private-label chemical products, adding silk-screen bottle-decorating and filling to its list of services. The company soon outgrew the modest Saugus plant, and in 1986 relocated to a 6,800-square-foot facility in Valencia, California. Just one year later, exponential success forced Val-Pak to expand yet again, moving to a 10,800-square-foot building in nearby Canyon Country, California, where they remained until 2002.
To gain greater control over the quality of its manufacturing operation, Val-Pak in 1990 purchased a state-of-the-art machining center. Two computerized lathes and an additional machining center were added as the business expanded throughout the 1990s. Also in 1990, Val-Pak began to manufacture D.E. filter grids, purchasing the molded grid frames from an outside supplier and sewing on the fabric to produce an immaculate finished product. A 1,100-square-foot building was opened specifically for this operation. In 1993, an additional 1,800-square-foot building was opened to accommodate Val-Pak’s silk-screen operation.
To further increase its ability to control every step of the manufacturing process, Val-Pak in 1998 purchased an injection molding company in Chatsworth, California, enabling the molding of all of their plastic parts in-house. One year later, Val-Pak began to build a mold-making shop to actually produce the molds from which the plastic parts are made. Currently, Val-Pak has three full-time tool and die makers to run its mold-making operation.
In 2002, Val-Pak moved into a new 34,000 square-foot facility in Santa Clarita, California, where they are headquartered today. With 20 employees, all of the company’s manufacturing, mold making, injection molding and machining is performed in-house, with no outsourcing. This permits the company to react quickly to customer demands and to maintain absolute control over the quality of its products.
In April 2006, Val-Pak purchased the assets of Martin Pump Co., which made 1/3-
to 3-horsepower residential brass pumps and 3-, 5-, 7½- and 10-horsepower commercial brass pumps. On June 1, 2007, Val-Pak acquired the assets of Aqua-Flo, another manufacturer of residential and commercial brass pumps. The acquisitions allowed Val-Pak to meet demands of other industries worldwide. With the vast in-field experience of its owners, Val-Pak is able to keep a watchful eye on market demands and over the quality and durability of their products, which always exceed the specifications of the original manufacturer.
Val-Pak Products’ entire vision is to continue producing the highest quality swimming pool and spa parts while keeping jobs and manufacturing on American soil. All Val-Pak parts are produced to the standards that founder Ben Solakian and his son Mike have worked so hard to establish. They have crafted and remain committed to a tradition of producing world-class parts and providing exceptional service. This quality and reliability have made Val-Pak Products the brand that professional pool and spa service and repair technicians ask for by name.