King Technology Receives 2019 Minnesota Family Business Award

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King Technology of Hopkins, Minn., was honored with a 2019 Minnesota Family Business Award from Twin Cities Business Magazine during a ceremony held Nov. 20 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

King Technology, a global supplier of pool and hot tub water treatment systems, was one of five Minnesota-based companies to receive the honor. According to Twin Cities Business, the annual awards program is a celebration of outstanding family-owned businesses and the value they add to Minnesota’s economy and quality of life.

“We’re very proud of this award. During a period where our industry has seen considerable consolidation, we’ve stayed a strong and successful family-owned business focused on innovation. We have a stellar team who works together to determine the right mountain to climb and the path to get there," says Joe King, co-owner of King Technology with his wife, Mary, and their adult songs, Alex and Carson. "Our vision statement, 'enriching lives daily,' drives everything we do, which allows us to make a positive impact on partners, customers and employees."

King Technology grew out of a small pool construction business founded by Joe’s father, Lloyd King, in 1956. Joe and Mary acquired the company in 1988 and have grown it into a thriving innovator of unique water care solutions for swimming pools and hot tubs.

As Joe and Mary eye retirement, they’re preparing the third generation to take the helm. Son Alex joined King Technology as a regional sales manager in 2017. His brother, Carson, was hired in September as the company’s strategic sourcing manager. But first, they had to meet the corporate governance of working outside the business for six to seven years — which they did, to Joe King’s delight.

“To be a steward of this company and to create an opportunity for [my sons] to have a similar experience…it brings great satisfaction and joy to my life,” says Joe. 

Alex and Carson King will also carry on a major part of King Technology’s culture: philanthropy. The King family and the company work with several charities, including Interfaith Outreach Community Partners and Food Shelf in the Twin Cities, Hannah’s Home in South Florida and Peruvian Partners in Peru.

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