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Gary Multanen is founder and owner of Best Bath Systems. Once a month, he offers insights into the industry, the company, and his philosophies.


Leadership Begins By Giving Back

Leadership Begins By Giving Back

How do you lead? I’m not talking about business or family, but what do you do for the communities you work and live in? Your contributions of time, energy, and money are crucial elements to making local communities great places to live, work, and play.


I’d Rather Ask For Forgiveness Than Permission! – An Email From A Generous Best Bath Dealer

logo1_1022_004[1]We here at Best Bath Systems are constantly being reminded of why we love our Dealer network.  This is an email that was sent to our Mid Atlantic Sales Manager, Joe Hayden, from Ginny with Free Spirit Mobility, a generous dealer with Best Bath from Greer, South Carolina: (more…)

Best Bath Was Featured In Construction Today!

We wanted to share the article about Best Bath Systems with you!

Aug. 27, 2013 by Chris Peterson1371738000_c_t_2013_05_06-1[1]


Idaho-based Best Bath Systems Inc. had been successful as a manufacturer of composite showers for the competitive residential market since its inception in 1971, but President Jeff Mooney explains that there were times when the company had to supplement its work with products for other sectors. For example, he says, the company spent some time building shipping containers for Navy Sidewinder missiles. However, things changed in a big way for Best Bath in 1992, when the Americans With Disabilities Act created an explosion in accessibility products. With the company’s expertise in traditional shower products, Best Bath was well suited to take advantage of the boom, and that’s what it has done ever since.

Mooney says more than 95 percent of the company’s current product lines are centered on accessible bathing products for residential and commercial applications. Although Best Bath faces some stiff competition from the tile and stone industry, Mooney says the company offers a slate of substantial advantages that make its products head and shoulders above the rest.

The tile and stone industry has touted the look and durability of its products for years, but Mooney explains that Best Bath’s composite shower products offer just as much in those areas, and more. Thanks to the multitude of merits of its products and its expertise in the industry, Mooney says Best Bath expects to be a major force in the marketplace for a long time to come.

Significant Advantages

The benefits of a composite shower or bath for property owners are many, Mooney explains. Not only do Best Bath’s products have a high-end look and feel, but they also are leak-proof, durable and easy to clean. “Our product line was designed to have unique features aesthetically as well as structurally,” Mooney says.

But Best Bath’s commitment to its products doesn’t end there. Mooney says the company offers a 30-year warranty on all of its products, and Best Bath has never shirked its responsibility when it comes to standing behind its products. “We have never turned down a legitimate warranty claim in the 41-year history of the company,” Mooney says.

Best Bath offers more than 450 different models of showers, and Mooney says the company’s ability to customize them to a customer’s exact specifications is another significant advantage. Best Bath has the capability to design showers to look like ceramic tile or glass, and can even recess ceramic tiles into the composite shell if customers desire. Customized color accenting is available, as well. Mooney says the company enjoys the challenge of designing new products to meet customers’ different tastes. “The great thing is that no one wants the same thing over and over,” he says. “So the flexibility of the product line is a big asset, as well.”

Also working in the company’s favor is the fact that Best Bath doesn’t put layers between itself and the end-user. Mooney says the company operates factory-direct through a network of dealers, so that from the homeowner’s perspective, there is only one layer of distribution between them and the company. This is helpful in terms of building trust and brand recognition, Mooney says, as well as making it easier for Best Bath to provide aftermarket service.



Big Changes

Mooney says Best Bath has grown steadily over the past several years, but the company is trying to keep a handle on it. He says Best Bath could easily quadruple its sales, but it prefers to stay focused on its current market rather than grow too fast. Nevertheless, coping with continuous growth is one of the company’s greatest challenges at the moment.

Best Bath’s products are more popular outside of the company’s home state, and Mooney says the company is shipping 97 percent of its products outside of Idaho to all over the country and in Canada. Accessibility has become a major trend in the homebuilding industry as the baby boomers age, and Mooney says Best Bath has become a sought-after supplier of bathing solutions.

Another challenge Mooney says Best Bath is overcoming is the general perception of composite showers. Although this is beginning to change nationwide, Mooney says many people considered composite showers something typically found in mobile homes or other low-end applications. Thanks to products like those made by Best Bath, however, this perception is starting to change. “We don’t build cheap, flimsy product,” Mooney says. “We build strong and robust product that we can warranty for 30 years.”

Mooney adds that Best Bath continues looking for ways to improve its products. The company has numerous engineering projects underway to add features such as pebble floors and waterproof digital displays to its showers. As a family driven company, Mooney says, Best Bath continues to listen to what its customers need.


Riding For The Wounded


Curt Wildemann, Cliff Multanen, Jim Greer and Daniella Rivet arrived in Suffolk Monday on the penultimate day of a 4,000-plus mile bicycle ride across America. They’re raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project, and were greeted by VFW Post 2582 officers Kenny Wiseman and Bob Grady, right.

~By Matthew Ward; Suffolk News Herald Aug. 12 2013~

Two years ago, retired Las Vegas cop Curt Wildemann rode his bicycle across the country solo “to see if I could, to see America.”

This year, for a different reason, the 57-year-old is reprising the epic journey, only with friends and a support vehicle.

After about five others dropped out for various reasons, Wildemann, together with Cliff Multanen, 64, Jim Greer, 67, and 34-year-old Daniella Rivet are at the end of an epic ride to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

“I thought, why not do it for charity,” Wildemann said Monday in Suffolk, where VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post 2582 put them up at the Super 8 motel on Main Street and provided a $50 Applebee’s voucher and $25 Walmart gift card.

The 4,233-mile odyssey was due to finish Tuesday in Virginia Beach, after setting out in Astoria, Ore. on June 10.

Traveling 60 miles in an average day, the ride has traversed Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Virginia.

“Somebody contacted us from (VFW) headquarters and said, ‘Hey, they’re coming through, can you help us?’” Post 2582 Quartermaster Kenny Wiseman said.

“I immediately replied … ‘No problem, we got this.’”

Outside the motel Monday, post Commander Bob Grady met the riders and Wiseman told them: “We’re glad to have you in town; we’re glad to see what you are all doing.”

Various other VWF posts have also supported the riders in different ways, Wildemann said.

Before the expedition got under way, Wildemann, whose two brothers served in the military, rendezvoused with Greer in southern Oregon after collecting Rivet in her native Reno, Nev.

The trio rode for four or five days, getting Rivet, then a complete novice, acclimated to cycling, before heading up to Astoria in Oregon’s northwest tip.

Greer, a Marine Corps veteran and “serious cyclist” since about 1970, said he learned about the ride via an adventure cycling group.

“We picked up a guy from the UK, and he stayed with us until yesterday,” Greer said. “For one reason or another, they all dropped off, and now there’s four of us.”

Multanen, a Vietnam vet from Nampa, Idaho, also came across the ride online. “I wanted to do a long tour, and when I saw Curt had a ride across America, and the cause was Wounded Warriors, that was the deciding point for me,” the cyclist of eight years said.

Multanen’s brother’s company, Caldwell, Idaho-based Best Bath Systems, donated the support vehicle and gas. “I wasn’t too excited about doing it without a support vehicle,” Multanen said.

Rivet had been in a corporate job for five years. “I got tired of working in a cubicle and I wanted to change my life,” she said.

Friends who own a bike shop in San Francisco told her the ride was “totally possible.”

“I wanted to ride for a good cause and make it meaningful,” she added. “I definitely had a lot of, ‘Can I do it’ … (but) I just took it one day at a time.”

Wildemann lost his journal “somewhere in Kentucky,” but the ride is generating memories that won’t fade quickly.

“We stayed in Colorado in this campground on the way to the (ride’s) highest peak — 9,400 feet,” he said.

“It was on a lake, it was gorgeous. … That’s probably the one night I will always remember.”

To donate, visit Donations are processed through the Wounded Warrior Project.

Best Bath Helps With Armed Forces Day Home Improvement Project

Armed Forces Day builds a happy memory for one Aurora army vet and his family – Retired Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Drake receives much needed home improvement work

~ by Kristen Kidd – 5/20/2013 ~


Rebuild Group

President Kennedy made Armed Forces Day an official holiday in 1962, to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military. Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May, and I was honored to spend part of the day at the home of a local Army veteran who had been chosen to receive much needed free home improvements to better accommodate his mobility challenges.  (more…)

Best Bath Staff Takes A Little Time Out For Fun!

Even with their busy schedule, Best Bath staff members, Jeff Mooney, President, and Jay Multanen, Owner, made time to venture out in town while attending ACMA (American Composites Manufacturers Association) in Orlando, Florida.  They came across Magical Midway Thrill Park in Orlando.  There, they found themselves face-to-face with the ultimate thrill ride attraction.  The human SLING SHOT!

Ultimate Thrill Ride!

For those who aren’t familiar with this ride, it is basically a reverse bungee jump. The platform tilts you back into a reclined position and lowers you into the heart of a volcano. As the volcano starts to erupt, you are catapulted out at a force of 3-5 G’s. You experience total weightlessness as you are rocketing over 390 feet above the ground.

Lucky for us, there was a camera on board!



Listen to Best Bath’s Live-to-Tape Radio Broadcast at IBS

Best Bath Systems participated at The International Builders’ Show (IBS), the industry’s largest light construction show in the world, which took place in Las Vegas January 22-24, 2013.

Brothers, James Carey (L) and Morris Carey (R)

On The House Media, a nationwide radio broadcast show that covers home improvement, design, and gardening tips, interviewed Jason Multanen, National Sales Manager for Best Bath Systems during IBS. The interview, conducted by the Carey Brothers, James and Morris, aired nationally in more than 200 markets via their radio affiliate network.  See Coverage Map. (more…)

Best Bath Staying Extremely Busy at IBS Las Vegas!

Las Vegas, Nevada Jan 22, 2013

Attendees waited in line for 1 ½ hours to get in to the world’s biggest builder show.

Best Bath’s first day, at the International Builders Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, was extremely busy with lots of interest in the ADL Spa, our new Great Grabz line of grab bars, and barrier free showers with tile insets.  (See us at booth #C7336)

Jason Williams, Best Bath Dealer Sales Mgr, holding a Universal Design Tour session.

Jason Williams, Best Bath Dealer Sales Manager, conducted a session of the Universal Design tour where industry professionals gathered to hear more about what Best Bath is doing with Universal Design and view our new product lines.


Don’t Miss Best Bath’s Article in “Senior Care Products” Magazine

Barrier-Free Showers & Bath Safety Products

HME providers can deliver the promise of independent living through innovative bath products and effective sales

~ by Tammy Harris ~

Senior Care Products Magazine

Bath systems have come of age. Innovative designs, new materials and even academic rigor have contributed to a broad range of bathing solutions that can fit the needs of practically everyone, regardless of physical ability. From grab bars to elevated baths, design and artistry have transformed the merely functional into attractive fixtures that complement any home décor or lifestyle. And this change couldn’t be more timely.  (more…)

Best Bath Sponsors One of the Northwest’s Largest Night Light Parades!

Best Bath Systems is the proud sponsor of the Treasure Valley Night Light Parade, held annually in the beautiful city of Caldwell, Idaho.  Presented by the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, this year marked the 10th annual event which included 66 brilliantly illuminated holiday floats with an estimated 19,000 spectators.

William Green hands out candy as he walks with the Best Bath float.

The Treasure Valley Night Light Parade has become an Idaho tradition. As a special treat, this year’s event was lead by the historic Wells Fargo stagecoach which carried State Senator Jim Rice and State Treasurer Ron Crane, along with dignitaries from Wells Fargo branches in Idaho.

Marcus Cook designed and built the Best Bath parade float.

This year’s theme was “Inside Santa’s Workshop.”  The Best Bath float, which was built by Marcus Cook of the Best Bath Marketing Department, featured a large workshop, wooden sleigh, Christmas trees, and several reindeer. Best Bath staff volunteered their time and covered the float with more than 3,000 holiday lights and decorations. During the parade the float was filled with employees’ children sporting elf hats, eating popcorn, and waving at the crowd.

Leann Day places lights on the Best Bath Christmas float as she prepares it for the Treasure Valley Night Light Parade.

A huge thank you to all of the Best Bath volunteers who helped build and decorate the float and to those who worked behind the scenes and walked along the parade route handing out candy.  The Best Bath manufacturing plant is located in the community of Caldwell and we proudly support the city and hope to sponsor this event for years to come!

Have a safe and happy holiday from everyone at Best Bath Systems!