8A • FLORENCE-UNION RECORDER • JUNE 16, 2016
Boone company makes a splash on national TV Sarah Brookbank email@example.com
BURLINGTON – A local company is making a splash this summer after being featured on the “Today Show.” Designs GoodLife makes a variety of products, but its pool floats for man’s best friend were featured in a segment called 8 fun gadgets to pamper your pet this summer. The company is owned by Jayson and Jennifer Putnam of Walton and Judy Keefe of Union. The dog floats have really taken off with more people referring to pets as “grand-dogs.” Jayson Putnam came up with the idea after getting pictures from customers of their dogs on the regular floats. Putnam said he and his family love bringing the
floats to Lake Norris in Tennessee to use themselves, or to let the dogs enjoy the water. The Aquapup, a dog bone-shaped float, is the newest design, made in two different sizes and plenty of colors. The company also has a circular dog float, which was featured on the “Today Show.” The dog floats range in price from about $60 to $100 and regular floats range from $70 to $140. Putnam said they’re built to last. Materials come from Miami, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Cincinnati. GoodLife Designs floats don’t need to be inflated because they use polyfoam material and the brightcolored vinyls are fade and chew resistant. Putnam didn’t plan on owning the company. He
heard the company was going out of business through a friend whose aunt owned the company. Putnam said he owned a float and really liked it and asked if the owners would be willing to sell the company. “The crazy part was being a fresh graduate. I graduated in December of 1998 and this was 2004. I was on top of the world at that point and I thought I everything. I knew thought having a finance degree and management degree would allow me to take over and do some amazing things. It was a bit of a challenge at first,” Putnam said. graduated Jayson from the University of Kentucky, where he met his wife, Jennifer. He said part of the challenge was going back to all the vendors and tell-
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Jessie Begley has worked for GoodLife Designs for 10 years and sews the floats. Begley has worked as a seamstress for more than 30 years and has made hats and ties.
ing them the company was still in business. GoodLife Designs started in 1971 as The Sunfloat Company based in Cincinnati. GoodLife Designs has seen an increase in sales eight of the 10 years it’s been operating. It has created four new product lines and debuted multiple new colors. GoodLife Designs sells its products through Frontgate and Wayfair, Amazon, dog boutiques and its website. “I think some of the most rewarding things we do is give back,” Putnam said. “Each year we find an organization, usually a smaller one, and help them try to make a difference. It felt so good and we felt like we were doing something great.” Putnam said GoodLife Designs often helps rescues. The business is built on supporting other people and bringing families closer together, especially after a hard day at work, Putnam said. Jayson and Jennifer have three children. Their youngest struggled with health problems, and Putnam said dealing with that made him realize how valuable the company is. “It really helped me prioritize what’s really important and helped me realize what a gift this is,” Putnam said, “It’s what I’m most proud of, I think, is the fact that our prod-
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A picture of the Poochie Pool and Deck Lounger that was featured on the “Today Show.”
ucts really promote that family time.” Putnam said the company is like a family. One of the employees, Jessie Begley, has worked for the company for 10 years and is like a grandparent to the Putnams’ children. Putnam said there is nothing more awesome and exciting than walking into the plant and hearing the music blaring and seeing everyone working together. “We put them all together here and ship them all around the world from this little Limaburg Road Putnam said. shop,” “We’ve sold tens of thousands of floats all around the world.” If everyone is in the shop and working at full capacity, Putnam said
they could churn out about 100 of the larger float, the Aqua Shell. Putnam said the orders are up 20 percent this year already, even before the “Today Show” feature. On Tuesdays UPS brings a large truck and picks up orders that will ship out across the county and the world. Putnam said the team comes in every day and makes a decision to make it a good, productive day. “That’s why we’re lucky at GoodLife Designs, we get to put the good back in people’s lives and I’m proud of that,” Putnam said. For more information on GoodLife Designs, check out its website www.dothegoodlife.com
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