• Latham Acquires Vinyl Liner Manufacturer

    by AQUA Editors December 2013

    Latham Pool Products, North America's largest manufacturer of swimming pool components, has acquired Plastimayd, one of the nation's oldest manufacturers of swimming pool vinyl liners, along with its affiliated brands. The move adds Plastimayd and VynAll liners and CoverLogix safety covers to Latham's roster of pool product brands, which includes Viking, Trilogy and Blue Hawaiian fiberglass pools; package pool brands Pacific Pools, Fort Wayne Pools, Kafko Pool Products, Performance Pool...
  • S.R.Smith Acquires FiberStars

    by AQUA Editors December 2013

    S.R.Smith has acquired the pool and spa assets of FiberStars, an Energy Focus Company. The purchase brings S.R.Smith a portfolio of LED lighting and control products, which the company will integrate into its portfolio. 
    The acquisition of FiberStars provides S.R.Smith an opportunity to expand into a growing segment in the pool industry. “This is an excellent opportunity for S.R.Smith to leverage our integration and product development experience to grow our...
  • The Art of Understatement

    by David Tisherman November 2013

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    Photos: David Tisherman

    What constitutes great swimming pool and exterior design? According to David Tisherman, it’s not about creating visual spectacles using gimmicky or cliché features, but instead about using established design principles to create spaces that harmonize with their surroundings while satisfying

  • Meet the 2013 Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy, Pool Gal, Spa Guy

    by Cailley Hammel November 2013

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    From left to right: Perfect Pool Guy Tommy Rayburn, Perfect Pool Gal Amanda Colwell and Perfect Spa Guy Dan Stebner.

    During IPSPE in Las Vegas, Pleatco honored its new winners of the annual Perfect Pool Guy/Gal Awards. But this year came with a twist — in addition to honoring the Perfect Pool Guy and Gal,...

  • Business Briefs: Late November 2013

    by AQUA Editors November 2013

    SeaKlear Gains New LeadershipSeaKlear water treatment products announces the appointment of Timothy Joyce (pictured right) as vice president and general manager of the Americas. Joyce brings a wealth of commercial experience in consumer...

  • 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.

    photo of two athletes from the Challenged Athletes Foundation

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