- Written by: Molly Shaw
- Produced by: Re-Bath LLC
- Estimated reading time: 3 mins
Since 1979, Re-Bath LLC (Re-Bath) has remodeled millions of bathrooms worldwide while keeping the process affordable and easy. While the Arizona-based remodeler is fully licensed, insured and part of respected national brands, the company remains locally owned-and -operated. Today, Re-Bath operates 200 franchise locations worldwide and has added an extensive line up of kitchen remodel systems, but the company is a result of humble beginnings.
Shortly after college, Re-Bath founders Highly Falkner and Kurt Kittleson began investigating a bathtub liner product from a northeastern manufacturer. After some research, the pair developed a new concept and dubbed it American Bathtub Liners (ABL). In 1979, with a loan from Falkner and Kittleson’s parents and a leased thermoforming machine from Shamrock Plastics, ABL set up an office in the bedroom of Falkner’s home and began a part-time operation.
A year later, the partners relocated the office to the Shamrock Plastics building and began to devote their full attention to ABL. Shortly after the move, the building burned down and ABL relocated to a 1,800-square-foot location in Tempe Ariz.
In 1982, ABL was granted the registered trademark for Ambath and the product became the first bathtub liner tested and approved by the Uniform Plumbing Code. With just 16 employees Falkner and Kittleson developed the Re-Bath franchise concept.
The company quickly entered the hospitality market, earning and maintaining national contracts with big-name clients such as Best Western, Quality Inn and the Holiday Inn. In 1991, Re-Bath was established as a separate corporation for the sole purpose of franchising. The company was licensed by ABL to use the Re-Bath concept.
Out with the Old and In with the New
Today, Re-Bath has expanded its products and services from just tubs and walls to the entire bathroom, from the bath tub to the shower base or walk-in tub, to new flowing, vanities and sinks. Re-Bath is the one-stop-shop for fast, easy and affordable bathroom remodels. Customers can hire one contractor for all-things-bathroom and sit-and-relax because Re-bath is on the job.
Mark Dawson, president and CEO of Re-Bath now drives the company with over 22 years of industry experience. From hospitality customers, to residential remodels Re-Bath has expanded its markets and added key franchise partners over the last few decades.
The company’s goal is to make a bathroom remodel both affordable and timely; not a nightmare. Re-bath offers an attractive array of products and installation technology from replacement bathtubs to walk-in tubs, tub to shower conversions, bathroom vanities, bathroom flooring and more that enhances clients’ lifestyle and home value. Re-Bath’s factory-trained installers ensure projects are carried out on-time and with full customer satisfaction.
Re-Bath’s staff presents homeowners with attractive alternatives to worn-out bathtubs, outdated tile or wallpaper and dingy shower bases. The company brings the bathroom back to life with custom tile work, flooring, mirrors, full conversions, wall surround systems and wainscoting.
Best on the Market Products
But Re-Bath doesn’t stop there. The company is constantly innovating and implementing new ideas to better its products and services. All Re-Bath shower bases, bathtub liners, bathtubs and wall surrounds are made from proprietary and exclusive DuraBath SSP material, which offers the industry’s highest ratings on performance and durability. The durable high-gloss finish will not dent, rust, peel or crack. As a result, it’s also easier to clean.
In late 2009, Re-Bath consummated the purchase of 5 Day Kitchens and began preparing the necessary business systems, training and support modules, marketing tools and strategies, and exclusive installation training necessary for franchising the model across the U.S. The 5 Day Kitchens brand finally launched in December 2012 after years of extensive preparation.
5 Day Kitchens is a full kitchen remodeler with an exclusive remodeling installation system. Most remodels are executed with no sub-contractors reducing the customer’s headaches and aggravation. With most kitchen remodels complete within 5 business days as the product line promises; the daily interruptions to the consumer’s lifestyle are greatly reduced.
Re-Bath believes that bathroom and kitchen remodeling shouldn’t take months or cost a fortune; that’s why the company has worked to deliver timely, affordable solutions to its customers. Re-Bath’s goal for the years ahead is to expand the 5 Day Kitchens brand across North America.
Re-Bath continues to support two of the most important rooms in American’s households. The company intends to continue building its position as a leading bath and kitchen remodeler, so much so that when homeowners think of remodels, they think of Re-Bath LLC.
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