• Business Briefs: November 2013

    by AQUA Editors November 2013

    SilkBalance Hires New VP of Sales & MarketingSilkBalance Water Solutions, a water conditioner supplier for the spa industry, has appointed Steven O’Shea to the position of vice president of sales and...

  • Business Briefs: Late October 2013

    by AQUA Editors October 2013

    Texas Veteran to Receive Gift of a Therapy PoolThanks to the North Texas Chapter of APSP and VFW Post 4380, a wounded veteran will receive a free swimming pool. The gift is part of a new initiative called Dive into Recovery, a program that seeks to provide veterans with swimming pools for hydrotherapy purposes. 

  • BioLab Acquired by KIK Custom Products

    by AQUA Editors October 2013

    Chemtura has just announced plans to sell BioLab to KIK Custom Products for $314 million. 

    BioLab manufactures pool and spa care brands including BioGuard, Bayrol, SpaGuard, OMNI and Sun products. The sale is expected to close at the end of this year.

    “This acquisition is an important step for BioLab as we drive towards our long-term vision,” says Jon Viner, president of BioLab. “Being part of a consumer-oriented company like KIK allows us to focus on...

  • POOLCORP Reports Record Q2 Results

    by Scott Webb July 2013

    Pool Corporation today reported record results for the second quarter of 2013.

    "Our second quarter results were bolstered by strong performances in our largest, year-round markets and growth in pool refurbishment and replacement activities. Most seasonal markets lagged given the late start to this year's season as noted in our June 18th press release," said Manuel Perez de la Mesa, President and CEO.

    Net sales for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 increased 4% to a...

  • Business Briefs: July 2013

    by AQUA Editors July 2013

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    Gibb Teel of Teel Marketing Solutions.

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    The Challenged Athletes Foundation helps people with physical challenges get involved in sports.


  • Business Briefs: Late May 2013

    by AQUA Editors May 2013

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    Jacuzzi's J-495 model won a Platinum ADEX Award.

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    Lisa Olito is the new Southwest Pool & Spa Division Manager at Water Tech Corporation.

    Jacuzzi and Sundance Receive ADEX Awards Two hot tub...

  • PoolCorp, "Big 3" Lawsuit Partially Dismissed

    by Cailley Hammel May 2013

    A court in Louisiana recently dismissed parts of the antitrust lawsuit brought against PoolCorp and the “Big Three” manufacturers (Hayward, Pentair and Zodiac) yet allowed other parts to advance.

    The plaintiffs in the case consist of both dealers and consumers, known in the case as “direct purchasers” and “indirect purchasers” respectively.


  • Business Briefs: April 2013

    by AQUA Editors April 2013

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    By selling products directly to brick-and-mortar retailers, Spec Chem Direct hopes to help dealers make more money on chemicals.

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    Dan Tillman, eastern regional sales
  • Zodiac Improves Warranty Policy

    by AQUA Editors March 2013

    Seeking to "further support the proper installation and operation of its pool equipment," Zodiac Pool Systems has updated its product warranties. 

    The company's installation and/or operation manuals for all products, other than automatic pool cleaners and a select...

  • Business Briefs: March 2013

    by AQUA Editors March 2013

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    A screenshot from Swimming Pool Academy's course, "How Pools Operate."

    Swimming Pool Retail Academy Earns Accreditation from APSP

    Swimming Pool Retail Academy has been accredited by the Association of...