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  • 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...

  • Conserve and Protect: A Close Look at the APSP-13 Standard

    by Barrett Kilmer February 2017

    Early in 2016, as Californians braced themselves for another hot and dry summer, the clouds opened up and rain poured on the state, temporarily easing the squeezed water districts who had threatened homeowners with backyard pools. Fall brought further relief, buoying hopes that a good rainy season could even bring the historic drought to an end, at least in the north.

    But for Dan Johnson, a builder and consultant in Sarasota, on Florida's water-wealthy Gulf Coast, the rain did...

  • Tracking the Elusive Business Loan

    by Phillip M. Perry January 2017

    Thanks to a strong real estate market and rising interest rates, banks are more eager to lend than at any time in recent memory. Business borrowers, though, must lay the groundwork for a successful loan application by improving cash flows and initiating communications with bankers long before money is needed. Smaller banks can help fill the gap when larger ones refuse...

  • Taylor Technologies Partners with Blake Sales Associates

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    Taylor Technologies, an industry leader in the development and manufacturing of water test kits, reagents and test strips, is teaming up with Blake Sales Associates, Inc. Located in Vista, Calif., Blake Sales Associates will be serving as Taylor’s sales representative to resellers in the Western region of the United States. Until now, Taylor staff handled distributor and retail sales in the West internally. However, the...