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  • Backyards by the Hour

    by Cailley Hammel February 2017

    As we all know, just about everyone dreams of going home to a beautiful backyard — one with a pool, spa or simply lots of cushy seating under beautiful lighting.

    The problem is, not everyone can.

    Of course, such backyard paradises don't come cheap. And many deal with space constraints, especially in urban areas. (Not to mention those who rent and don't have backyards to begin with.)

    In these people, who love the backyard experience but can't achieve it themselves,...

  • 45 Years in the Sunshine State

    by Cailley Hammel February 2017

    The "Orlando show," as it's colloquially known, has come a long way since its inception in 1972. After modest beginnings as a hotel tabletop show, the "Spring show," as attendees often called it, blossomed in both attendance and square footage. Fifteen years ago, the show made the leap to the Orange County Convention Center, cementing its status as a bona fide trade show within the pool and spa industry.

    This year, the show — renamed the Everything Under the Sun Expo in 2014 —...

  • Industry Love Stories

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    In celebration of the day on which we honor love itself, we present a few industry Valentines. And in accordance with primary school tradition, we're making sure everyone gets one.

    Some of our AQUA Valentines met their spouses on the job, starting out as co-workers and growing into something more. Many were born into the trade and brought their partners into the work. And others walked down the aisle — straight into the pool and spa business.

    Of course, being...

  • Finding Hope

    by Eric Herman February 2017

    Within the walls of the Ruben M. Torres State Prison in Hondo, Tex., pool builder Michael Logsdon is helping inmates find hope for themselves and make a new start in life.

    For the past three years, Logsdon, a landscape architect and pool builder located in nearby Boerne, has...

  • Natural Swimming Pools: More Beauty, No Chemicals

    by Falon Mihalic, Houzz February 2017

    To be successful amid the outdoor living boom, it's critical for retailers and builders to stay abreast of rapidly changing consumer tastes in backyard products. To help keep your product lines up to date, AQUA has partnered with design megasite Houzz to bring you more content about outdoor living, from pools and spas to outdoor kitchens and patio furniture. Here, a Houzz expert dives into the world of natural swimming pools.

    Natural swimming pools use plants or a...

  • The Strong Company Announces New Staff Appointments

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    The Strong Company, a supplier of concrete solutions for the swimming pool industry based in Pine Bluff, Ark., announces new staff appointments.

    Mike Kappler has been named national sales manager for the Strong-Seal System for infrastructure rehabilitation. Kappler joined Strong in 2001 and has served as a territory salesman and regional sales manager.

    Emily Lanier has been named marketing coordinator and sales...

  • New North American Thermoplastics Partnership Opens Doors

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    Two international firms have formed a new joint venture to distribute vinyl products in North America. The firms, Haogenplast Ltd., based out of Israel, and Ontario-based Pixiu Solutions Inc., will operate under the name pH Plastics Inc. and will be based in Brantford, Ontario.

    The joint venture combines the expert manufacturing capabilities of Haogenplast Ltd. and the distribution and market knowledge from Pixiu Solutions Inc. Both companies own 50 percent of the joint...

  • Pool Conference Draws Large, Concerned Audience

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    In an effort to promote swimming and support public aquatic facilities, Paddock Pool Equipment staged its first-ever Ultimate Pool Conference January 25 to 27 in Charlotte, N.C. The event drew 247 attendees that included not only members of the pool and spa industry but also community leaders, coaches, Olympic swimmers and others interested in keeping the sport of swimming afloat in their communities.

    According Don...

  • Wanted: Business Savvy For the Next Generation

    by Steve Sherwood February 2017

    After 10 years in the pool industry on the East Coast, I traded pork roll for palm trees and headed to Los Angeles, opening my first company without partners or investors — which has been great, but now what?

    With your name on the lease and the business loan, you feel intense pressure. You look around, and you see some competitors thriving, while others crack and fold. Why? Under similar conditions, why does one company wither and eventually close its doors while another goes on to...

  • February 2017 New Spa and Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    We know what you were thinking — “What’s new around the industry this month?” Well, we got you: there’s a steel swim spa, a new phosphate remover, an artificial rock jumping stone/waterfall combo, a sauna and more. Scroll down for more.

    Diamond Spas
    Diamond Spas' Stainless Steel Swim Spa...