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  • Try Before 'They' Buy

    by Cailley Hammel June 2016

    Almost Heaven Saunas has been on the upswing. Annual sales have increased 25 to 30 percent each year over the past seven years — and actually doubled between 2014 and 2015. Consumer interest has picked up as well; according to research by Almost Heaven, Google searches for the word "sauna" have climbed by 20 percent annually for the past several years.

    In spring, Almost Heaven capitalized on surging sales and rising public curiosity by opening a large showroom in Holland, Mich.,...

  • VacuSeal Signs License Agreement with Watkins Wellness

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    The owners of Hot Tub Products (Wallingford, Conn.), has signed a license agreement with Watkins Wellness (Vista, Calif.), allowing them to manufacture VacuSeal covers for it line of swim spas.

    The VacuSeal is Hot Tub Products' unique cover and lifter system that removes and replaces the cover in one single motion, eliminating the need to first fold the cover in half.

    In January, Watkins introduced its new fitness system line at both their national Hot Spring and Caldera...

  • POOLCORP Promotes Postoll

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    POOLCORP, the world's largest wholesale distributor of swimming pool supplies, equipment and related backyard products, announced the promotion of Rick Postoll to vice president and general manager.

    “Rick’s passion, work ethic, and ability to foster change will continue to enhance the strategic direction, growth and profitability of both POOLCORP and our customers. His successful years of industry experience in customer-focused solutions and business acumen made him a natural fit...

  • Haviland Employees Grow Mustaches to Support Local Hospital

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    Haviland Pool & Spa Products, makers of ProTeam, SpaPure and Salt Support pool and water treatment products, set up an in-house challenge to raise money for cancer treatments at Mercy St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. The inaugural competition was created by the team at Haviland; called the Havastache competition, there were 11 employees who competed to grow...

  • Easy Pool/Spa Chemical Formulas

    by Bob Lowry May 2016

    I know what you are thinking when you see a chemical symbol, equation or formula. You are saying to yourself, "Oh no! I hate chemical formulas." And you immediately scan the rest of the article to see how many more of these formulas there are. If there are a lot of them you usually decide not to read the rest of the article or at least skip the formulas. I used to be the same way and I still...

  • APSP Fights For Industry Recognition

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals went back to Capitol Hill last month to ensure that pools and spas are not left out of the energy and tax incentive debate.
    APSP Energy Efficiency Coalition members Scott Petty, Hayward Pool Products; Jeff Farlow, Pentair Aquatic Systems; Joe Valentino, Speck Pumps; and Shajee Siddiqui, Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc., talked with members of Congress...

  • Covers for the Cure

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    To support the fight against breast cancer, safety cover manufacturer LOOP-LOC (Hauppauge, N.Y.) recently announced a $25,000 company donation to Susan G. Komen, a leading non-profit that provides cancer screenings, counseling, support and research funding.

    LOOP-LOC has also initiated a program whereby...

  • Marquis Brings On New Account Executive

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    Marquis is pleased to announce David Katzman as its new account executive for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic territory. Katzman brings more than 37 years of industry experience to his new position. He recently served as senior vice president and spa sales manager for National Pools & Spas in Robbinsville, N.J., and has been an integral part of National’s...

  • Christen Mertes Joins S.R. Smith Team

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    S.R. Smith has named Christen Mertes to a newly formed commercial sales position. Prior to joining S.R. Smith, Mertes served as an aquatics industry inside sales & project estimator with 10 years’ experience in the commercial swimming pool industry. 

    “Christen’s comprehensive knowledge of the commercial pool industry make her an excellent...

  • In Memoriam: John Johnson

    by AQUA Editors May 2016

    Longtime pool and spa industry veteran John Johnson has passed away after a short bout with cancer at his home in Los Alamitos, California at the age of 74.

    After leaving the Navy in the late '60's, Johnny spent his entire career in the pool and spa business. In his early years he worked for Lochinvar, American Products and The Len Gordon Company among others. In the early '90's John founded J & J Sales and over the last 25 years orchestrated sales efforts for multiple companies...