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  • LaMotte Receives Presidential Award for Export Success

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently presented LaMotte Company’s Richard Rogers with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. The Chestertown firm was the only one from the state of Maryland honored this...

  • Natural Chemistry Announces Corporate Name Change

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    Natural Chemistry L.P, a leader in specialty pool and spa chemicals, announces it is changing its corporate name to NC Brands L.P. The new company name works as an umbrella for its expanding range of top-of- the-line brands in the swimming pool and spa industry.

    “As a company with over 25 years of experience in recreational water, we are committed to delivering products that will change pool and spa care for the better," says Mark Munford, CEO of NC Brands. "The new corporate name...

  • Tara Liners Supports South Carolina Flood Relief Efforts

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    South Carolina is still recovering from the disastrous flooding from last October. To help, Tara Liners is donating a portion of the proceeds from pool liner sales in South Carolina to the Red Cross to...

  • 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...