Before opening H&H Pools and Spas in Montello in 1991, Randy Hardell spent 14 years working for a pool company in Madison. Living in Sun Prairie at the time, the Montello native moved back to the area to raise his family here and started his own business.
Hardell started a service company for a few years before moving into contracting. He now has one of the biggest pool companies in the Midwest. Employing 11-14 people, Hardell travels all over installing and servicing pools. Montello serves as the home base, but he also has a retail store in Portage.
“I love my job,” said Hardell. “You get to meet so many new people and their kids. It is wonderful to see the happiness you bring to families.”
Automation and smarter products are big in the industry right now. People like economical products that require very little work to maintain. While diving pools used to be more popular, now lap pools and shallow pools that can be used to play volleyball, basketball, and other activities are popular.
He attributes his success to his workers. “We have been able to keep workers for a long time, which has increased productivity and causes less problems.” His location in Montello, which is an hour away from several large cities, is also a reason for his success.
While only a small fraction of his business comes from Montello, he belongs to the chamber as a way to support the community and give back. “I’m not looking for recognition, I just want to help the town.” He encourages others to do the same and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Montello, WI 53949
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