• Solar Sun Rings Settles Suit

    by Scott Webb January 2013

    Just days before the trial was to begin, Solar Sun Rings, a Temecula, Calif.-based manufacturer of inflatable solar pool heating rings has settled with retail giant Wal-Mart out of court on December 4, 2012. 

    As has been reported in AQUA, in 2011 Solar Sun Rings filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart alleging the national retail chain, in developing and...

  • Business Briefs: LOOP-LOC's Amelia Chiaramonte To Retire

    by Scott Webb December 2012

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    Amelia Chiaramonte

    After 18 years at LOOP-LOC and almost 50 years in the swimming pool industry, Amelia Chiaramonte, Sales Manager for the Hauppauge, N.Y.-based pool cover manufacturer, will retire at the end of this year. 

    Chiaramonte started her career at Medallion/EZ Do Pools as a receptionist and worked her way up...

  • Leapfrogging: Bullfrog Passes the Torch to New CEO

    by Cailley Hammel December 2012

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    David Ludlow, Former CEO Bullfrog Spas

    It was early 2011, and the then-CEO of Bullfrog Spas, David Ludlow, was with the board of directors. They had been courting Jerry Pasley, Jacuzzi's then-Executive Vice President of Sales, for a move to Bullfrog. The interview process was in full swing, and everything was...

  • Fire Destroys Columbia Spas Building

    by Cailley Hammel November 2012

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    Photo courtesy Tabbie Coulter

    A fire destroyed one of Columbia Spa’s two manufacturing plants in Jefferson, Ore., Thursday night. The fire was caused by a baseboard heater that, once aflame, engulfed the building in 90 minutes. According to

  • Wal-Mart Summary Judgment Against Manufacturer Thrown Out

    by AQUA Editors November 2012

    Pool industry manufacturer Solar Sun Rings has won a round in its legal battle with retail giant Wal-Mart. On Oct. 31, Philip S. Gutierrez, United States District Judge, denied Wal-Mart’s motion for summary judgment in the case Solar Sun Rings, Inc. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 

    The ongoing litigation centers around a claim by Solar Sun Rings that Wal-Mart has violated its patent.

    According to the plaintiff, President and CEO Lora Rosene, Solar Sun Rings, Inc. was asked...

  • Business Briefs: October 2012

    by AQUA Editors October 2012

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    Rich Mitchell

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    Bob Lawlor

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    Lex Fogle


  • Clark Hale Named Hayward Industries President, COO

    by AQUA Editors October 2012

    Clark R. Hale is the new president and chief operating officer at Hayward Industries, the largest manufacturer of residential swimming pool equipment in the world. 

    Hale has 25 years of executive experience with such companies as Brooks Instrument, Victaulic Company, and Emerson Electric. Now at Hayward’s Elizabeth, N.J. headquarters, he will...

  • "Big Three" Mfrs. Included In Anti-Trust Case

    by Scott Webb September 2012

    The US District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana has agreed to allow a filing to expand the list of defendants in an ongoing anti-trust action to include “Big Three” manufacturers Pentair, Hayward and Zodiac.

     The case was originally brought against Covington, La.-based PoolCorp by a group of 11 dealers and consumers accusing the distribution giant of intimidating manufacturers in order to stop them from selling products...

  • Bullfrog Spas Wins 2012 IDEA Design Award

    by AQUA Editors September 2012

    Bullfrog Spas has won a 2012 International Design Excellence Award for product design excellence. The award was given specifically for the design of the SportX Model 151R round hot tub.

    Bullfrog Spas, in collaboration with Rocketship Design, an industrial design firm...

  • Hayward Adjusts Aqua Connect Prices

    by Mandy Acre June 2012

    AQUA ConnectHayward Pool Products is eliminating the monthly fee for its Aqua Connect Web Remote Pool Management. Aqua Connect Web was designed to help servicers monitor and identify possible problems remotely so diagnostics and adjustments can be made from anywhere. More than 100 pool and spa conditions, parameters and settings can be monitored, controlled and acted on from...