- Tuesday, July, 01, 2014 Manufacturer Settles Anti-Trust Suit
Hayward Industries, one of four defendants in a long-running anti-trust case, has agreed to an $8 million out-of-court settlement, pending court approval.
The $8 million settlement included a $1.5 million deal with consumers and a $6.5 million deal with a group of distributors to settle their allegations that Hayward conspired in conjunction with PoolCorp to restrict the supply of pool products.
- Tuesday, June, 24, 2014 New Standard For Custom Spas, Swim Spas
APSP has announced a newly revised standard covering custom, inground spas and swim spas. This standard does not concern factory-built portable spas or factory-built swim spas, nor does it cover public spas.
Major changes from the previous version of this standard from 1999 include the addition of permanent inground “swim spas,” which has caught the attention and excitement of consumers. “A swim spa provides a wonderful opportunity for homeowners who are challenged...
- Tuesday, June, 24, 2014 APSP Industry Summit: Totally Worth It
Like a lot of people, we travel for business, and every year we decide what’s worth the time and expense and effort. There are far more events than we can attend, so we rate them all, somewhere between “no doubt/no choice, must attend” and “not even if it were held in the conference room here in the office on a slow day.”
A number of factors...
- Thursday, June, 19, 2014 Hot, Dry, Sunny Water Care
Information basis for this article was provided by Que Hales, manager of the Pool Chlor in Tucson, a large residential service business serving more than 2,000 customers. Hales also does research and education as a partner in onBalance, a pool chemistry consulting group.
While water is water no matter what state you’re in, many...
- Thursday, June, 05, 2014 Pool Guy Hero Saves Squirrel's Life
What makes a hero? It is the willingness to go beyond what others would do to save another creature.
When he found a fellow being face down in a pool he was about to service, Rick Gruber, owner of Rick’s Pool Repairs, Phoenix, Ariz., did something most wouldn’t. He stopped what he was doing and tried to save a life that appeared already lost.
As he told CNN, “I would do it for anybody — a rodent, a dog, a cat — anyone.”
Gruben had to...
- Tuesday, May, 27, 2014 California Drought Update
Let’s Pool Together Campaign Media Launch
The California Pool and Spa Association (CPSA) announced it has publicly launched its drought education campaign, “Let’s Pool Together.” As a partner of Save Our Water – a statewide program of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) aimed at helping Californians reduce their everyday water use – the Let’s Pool Together...
- Thursday, May, 22, 2014 Service Voice 2014: Noel Conley
Noel Conley Miracle Pool Service Garland, Texas
Noel Conley runs Miracle Pool Service in an unincorporated area outside Dallas near the city of Garland, Texas. His clientele consists almost entirely of residential homeowners, many of them with gunite pools in new housing editions in the old/modern style with the...
- Thursday, May, 22, 2014 State of the Industry 2014: Service, Robust & Dynamic
Each sector of the pool and spa industry has seen periods of prosperity. Certainly in the early years of expansion, pool builders and retailers enjoyed the fruits of a growing customer base as North Americans discovered their taste for backyard pools and spas.
But in the last half decade or so, builders and retailers have endured...
- Tuesday, May, 20, 2014 KIK to Invest in BioGuard
When the news first broke last year that KIK Custom Products would purchase BioLab (and its subsidiary BioGuard) from Chemtura, news media covered the basic facts of the event, but it’s taken some time to discern the direction the new parent company will take.
Six months have passed — time enough to see what the change in ownership may mean for dealers. With that in mind, AQUA magazine recently caught up with Jon Viner, president of BioLab, to see what KIK...
- Thursday, May, 15, 2014 Virginia to Implement Comprehensive Pool and Spa Code
The International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC), a comprehensive model swimming pool and spa code covering all types of aquatic vessels, including residential and public pools, waterparks and portable and inground spas, has been adopted in the state of Virginia and Washington, DC.
While the code is in force at the local government level in some areas of the country, Virginia is the first to adopt the code statewide.
Developed jointly with APSP and the International Code...