WICHITA — Just as summer is winding down, so is Outback Pools, except the company won’t be gearing up for pool season again next year.
The family business, which Michelle and Laurin “Butch” Schniepp run with their sons, Jesse and Jonah, is closing.
“My dad’s been building pools since 1970,” Jesse Schniepp says. “He’s a second generation pool guy.”
He says his father’s father, Cecil Schniepp, founded Ultra Modern Pools.
Butch Schniepp worked for his father for years before starting his own company.
Outback builds pools and services them.
Jesse Schniepp says his father needs to close the company due to health reasons.
“It’s a very stressful job,” he says.
Schniepp says his father has been “doing stuff physically most 20-year-olds can’t do. He could throw 100 pounds and make it look like it was nothing.”
He says his father has been working since he was a child.
“He was pulled out of school when he was 8 years old to drive a dump truck,” Schniepp says. “His dad put phone books down and tied blocks to his feet so he could reach the pedals of the dump truck.”
Schniepp says his father has been working full time since he was 12.
“It’s just craziness,” he says. “It’s taken a toll on his body.”
Schniepp says he’s not sure of a closing date yet, but it will be sometime over the coming months and possibly into early next year.
“We’re just finishing up a few projects.”