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Apr 15, 2024

ADG is Awarded the Title of 'Top Work Place' by the Times Union!

ADG Top Workplace Award

Aquatic Development Group (ADG) is proud to have been awarded the title of ‘Top Workplace’ by a longstanding local newspaper the Times Union. This prestigious recognition is earned exclusively through anonymous surveys based on employee feedback. If the aggregate feedback surpasses national benchmarks, the company earns the esteemed designation of a 'Top Workplace'. ADG's leadership team was honored to accept this accolade at the Times Union Top Workplaces award ceremony held on April 11th. The Top Workplace award underscores ADG's core values, as the company prides itself on its exceptional clients, projects, and, most importantly, providing an environment that supports its outstanding employees.

Nestled in the heart of the Capital Region, Aquatic Development Group (ADG) stands as North America’s most respected water park and recreational design, construction, and manufacturing firm in the water park and leisure industry. With over 50 years of experience, ADG's products and services have left their mark on over 4,000 facilities worldwide, spanning six continents and boasts a 75% repeat customer base.

ADG Headquarters in Cohoes, NY

The company of 100 employees, has undertaken numerous projects near its headquarters, including notable projects such as the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park in Queensbury, NY, the Kartrite Resort & Indoor Water Park in Monticello, NY, and the Ciccotti Center in Albany, NY. ADG also manufactured the longest mountain coaster in North America at the Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid, NY. Beyond these local endeavors, ADG's portfolio boasts collaborations with premier industry organizations such as Six Flags, Kalahari Resorts, Great Wolf Lodge, Gaylord Hotels, Wilderness Resorts, Premier Parks, SeaWorld, Disney, and more. In more recent years, ADG's client roster has expanded internationally, signaling the company's global reach and continued growth. 

Soaky Mountain Waterpark, Designed and Built by ADG

"At ADG, our commitment to a design led, design-build approach ensures a reliable path to a unique design, delivered in a way that provides security for our clients and results that surpass those offered by any other firm,” said Jim Dunn, President of Aquatic Development Group, “It’s this comprehensive approach, delivered by our people, that fosters loyalty and repeat clientele. We may not be the biggest firm in the industry, but we offer exceptional projects and results that outpace the industry.” 

ADG Engineering Department

At the core of ADG's success is its creative, dedicated, and forward-thinking workforce. Inside ADG, employees are not only encouraged to pursue professional growth but also supported in achieving personal fulfillment. Innovation and creativity happen through challenging and expressing ideas and looking for opportunities to think outside the box and this is what makes ADG’s employees, and the company, thrive. Many of ADG’s team members have chosen to stay with the company for over 20 years, which is a testament to the strong sense of belonging and mutual respect that defines their workplace culture. 

ADG In-House Shop and Warehouse

"Our success over the last 50+ years is due in large part to the talent and dedication of our employees. There is a reason that 25% of our workforce has been here over 20 years and 35% of our workforce has joined us in the last five years,” said Bruce Quay, Chief Operating Officer of Aquatic Development Group, “People join ADG because every day is an opportunity to create, to be challenged and to grow. Our employees stay because, long before it was essential, ADG has been dedicated to supporting each employees need to balance the challenge of our jobs and responsibilities to our families.”

In addition to supporting internal employee growth and opportunities, ADG also puts a strong emphasis on giving back to the community. Their commitment to various initiatives aimed at environmental conservation and water safety is evident through volunteer work such as beach clean-ups and sponsorship of events like the World's Largest Swim Lesson.

ADG Beach Clean Up

"I am incredibly honored that Aquatic Development Group has been recognized with the Times Union Top Workplaces award. This tribute is a testament to our unwavering commitment to our employees and the vibrant and creative work culture we've cultivated,” said Ken Ellis, the Chief Executive Officer of Aquatic Development Group, “At ADG, we truly value our team members – they are the heart and soul of our organization, and this recognition reinforces our dedication to fostering a supportive and fulfilling workplace environment where everyone can thrive." 

ADG Team at Headquarters

ADG is amidst multiple ongoing projects in the United States including a state-of-the-art project named OKANA Resort and Indoor Water Park, a $400 million project located in Oklahoma City. ADG is also busy pursuing several opportunities for their wave and surf product line in the Middle East and Europe. With a promising array of projects on the horizon, ADG is excited to continue expanding its global footprint, diversifying its portfolio, and focusing on innovation to meet the ever-evolving needs of the industry and its clients.

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Aquatic Development Group (ADG) is North America’s most respected designer and builder of water parks and water ride attractions. For over 50 years ADG has been providing design/build and equipment services to more than 4,000 aquatic facilities worldwide. ADG has installed more than 90% of all wave systems in the U.S. with their patented WaveTek® technology and has provided design/build and equipment services to more than 4,000 public, scholastic, resort and amusement facilities worldwide, winning numerous IAAPA Brass Ring and WWA Leading Edge Awards.