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  • In Memoriam: Buck Hall of Lonza Water Treatment

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    Buck Hall, who served for 13 years as senior director of sales for Lonza Water Treatment’s Pro Dealer business, passed away February 23 of cardiac arrest. He was 62.

    A 26-year pool industry veteran, Hall joined Arch Chemicals to lead the Pro Dealer sales team in 2004. (Lonza acquired Arch in 2011.) As the senior director of sales, Hall was responsible for developing and directing the implementation of the HTH Water Products sales and marketing strategy for the poolife brand in the...

  • Pool Houses: Ship Shape!

    by Scott Webb March 2017

    You turn it on its side, and you're half done. Frame in a few walls, lay in a couple sliders, finish it out with plumbing, electrical and cabinetry, and you've got it: A shipping container...

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    by S.R.Smith March 2017

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  • Stenner Celebrates 60 Years Manufacturing Metering Pumps

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    The Stenner Pump Company proudly marks its 60th year as a manufacturer of peristaltic metering pumps for the water industry.

    The company has evolved dramatically since 1957 when it was originally founded by Gustav Stenner as a post-retirement interest. Privately owned by Tim Ware since 1995, Tim joined the company with a vision and has driven the company to expand its product line and market reach. The growth has resulted in four locations, two in Jacksonville, Fla. (headquarters)...

  • Bullfrog Announces New Hire, Promotion

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    Bullfrog Spas is pleased to announce the hire of Todd Shannon to the position of vice president of business development, as well as the promotion of Dan Sjoblom to vice president of marketing.

    An industry veteran, Shannon will oversee Bullfrog Spas sales innovations and strategic business development. His responsibilities will include advancing customer attraction and retention efforts while directing the international sales efforts...

  • CMP Gains New Investment Partner

    by AQUA Editors March 2017

    After three years with investment firm PNC Riverarch Capital and co-investors Florida Capital Partners, Custom Molded Products embarks on a new journey with Tenex Capital Management, a private equity firm that invests in established, growing companies.

    At the close of 2016, Tenex acquired CMP and its global residential spa, pool and bath manufacturing business. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed and the acquisition...

  • Evosus Expands Leadership Team

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    Evosus Business Management Software, makers of an Enterprise software program designed for the pool, spa and hearth industries, has hired David Weisong to the position of vice president of software development and Doug Evans as Vice President of Product. The company says both hires are a direct result of the company’s strategic growth plan to offer more products and enhancements in 2017 to pool, spa and hearth business owners.

    David has already been instrumental in pushing the...

  • 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...

  • Haviland Acquires Baleco International

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    Haviland Pool and Spa Products has acquired Baleco International Inc. of North Bend, Ohio. Baleco International offers a wide variety of pool water treatment products, including Aquamate and Maintain Pool Pro, and also provides private labeling services. Baleco began as Cincinnati Soap Center in 1958 before adding pool chemistry in 1962. Baleco moved to its current 100,000 square...

  • 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...