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Grand Blanc, Michigan, August 8, 2004.


It took Midwest Fiberglass Pool Distributors just 18 hours to prove it was a prime-time player.

The Grand Blanc firm, owned and operated by the Hoover Family, was recently selected to install a one-piece fiberglass pool - valued at $ 35,000 - for the popular TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." The reality series dramatically remodels a home for a much deserving family each week. For the Midwest Fiberglass Pool distributor's episode, the ABC TV series came to the rescue of the Vardon family of Oak Park, MI. The metro Detroit area family consists of four family members. Both of the parents, Larry and Judy Vardon, are deaf. Their youngest son Lance, 12 years old, is both blind and autistic. Their oldest son Stefan, 14 years old, is the family interpreter.


Since everyday life is enough of a struggle for the Vardon family, ABC decided to give the family a backyard oasis that would be virtually maintenance free. Their existing above ground pool was quickly replaced with a one-piece fiberglass in ground pool. Their new pool was outfitted with every piece of high tech gadgetry on the market today including an electronic water purifier which replaces the need for chlorine, a turn-key operated hydraulic cover for cleanliness and safety, and an in-home digital control center that monitors the pool equipment 24 hours a day. To achieve a stunning look, stamped and colored concrete was used around the pool along with a cedar privacy fence on the property lines.


Amazingly, the entire transformation of the Vardon home had to be completed in less than 5 days. This meant that the installation of the pool and all of the accessories could not take more than 3 days or there would not be enough time to finish the garage and landscaping. Since fiberglass pools can be delivered, set, and filled with water in less that one day, it was naturally a perfect choice.


"We're on track to install 250 pools this year and each one is special to us," said Hoover, "But putting in this pool for the Vardon family was extra special. We're very proud we could be a part of such a compelling and worthwhile project."


Hoover said Viking Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers donated the pool shell and some of the hardware. His firm contributed the labor, machinery, and accessories to complete the installation.


The producers of the Extreme Home Makeover were so impressed with the Grand Blanc firm's efficiency and professionalism, they said that they would gladly invite Midwest Fiberglass Pool Distributor's to participate in another show.


According to ABC, the Vardon family's extreme home makeover will air sometime in late October or early November.

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