News: Manufacturer News
- Leapfrogging: Bullfrog Passes the Torch to New CEO
by Cailley Hammel December 2012
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
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
- 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
Hayward 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...
- Pentair Acquires $20 Million Company
by Mandy Acre April 2012
This month Pentair Water Pool and Spa announced its acquisition of Sibrape Indústria E Comércio de Artigos Para lazer Ltda. and its subsidiary Hidrovachek Ltda.
“This acquisition strengthens our position in Latin America, one of our key fast growth markets,” said Pentair Aquatic Systems President Karl Frykman. “Sibrape is a 25-year-old...