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  • APSP U Announces Winter Courses

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    APSP University has announced its slate of winter courses for pool and spa builders,
    designers, and hot tub and service providers.


    Virtual Courses
    (These courses are three or four hours in duration. Check course description for full details.)

    • Pool & Spa Construction Course: February 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17
    • CHTT Certified Hot Tub Technician Course: February 2, 4, 9 and 11
    • CST Certified Service Technician Course:
    ...
  • Business Briefs: January 2016

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    Water Tech Names New GM, Executive President of Sales and Marketing

    Marchal DePasquale has joined Water Tech as the new general manager and executive vice president of sales and marketing, reporting to CEO/Owner Guy Erlich.

    DePasquale’s brings more than 30 years of experience...

  • January 2016 New Spa & Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    Avenue Mosaic is excited to unveil its collection of new tile designs. The Tea Box collection (pictured in Blue Lady) consists of 1-by-1-inch tiles, each showcasing a unique blend of wispy brushstrokes in soft tones. Individually, no two tiles are alike — but together, they make a stunning artistic...

  • Pool and Spa Retail Forecast: 2016

    by Phillip M. Perry January 2016

    How will retailers in the leisure aquatics industry fare in 2016? Very well, according to experienced market watchers. After several years of gradual improvement in the economy, the stars are aligning in favor of a more robust selling environment.

    "We expect 2016 will be a good year, with increased...

  • 2016 Outlook: Home Equity Driving P/S Sales

    by Scott Webb January 2016

    Columnists like to paint a rosy picture on January 1, full of hope and optimism for the coming year, because it's easy to be cheery and that sort of blue sky and sunshine goes down pretty well with the readers. But not me — I tell it like it is. By coincidence, however, I am full of hope and optimism for 2016 pool and...

  • U.S. Housing Starts Up 10 Percent in November

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    Home construction rose with enthusiasm last month across the U.S. as builders broke ground at a rate that would, if maintained, lead to an annual total of 1.173 million units. That surge in building was up 10.5% from a month earlier, the U.S. Commerce Department said.

    The smaller category of single-family housing starts picked up at roughly the same pace, and were measured at a rate of 768,000 per year.

    Strength in new home construction is a major leading indicator for...

  • CNA Donates $25,000 to WRW

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    Property and casualty company insurance carrier CNA recently presented The World of Recreational Water Foundation (WRW) with a $25,000 donation.

    WRW’s mission is to foster the safe and responsible use of scarce water resources and represent, defend and promote the sustainable use of recreational water. The foundation supports research into the conservation and energy-efficient use of recreational water, and underwrites education and training to advance recreational water...

  • CPSM in Acquisition Mode

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    CPSM, the Florida-based pool and spa industry aggregator has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all the assets of Lighthouse Pool Supply and Sundook’s Advanced Pool Services. Closing is scheduled for January 4, 2016.

    CPSM has agreed to purchase the assets of Stuart, FL based Sundook’s Advanced Pool Services LLC and their sister company, Lighthouse Pool Supply Inc. for cash and stock. The total value of the transaction will not exceed $215,000. The final total...

  • Fiberglass Manufacturers Council Forms

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    The APSP Board of Directors has approved the formation of a Fiberglass Pool Manufacturers Council. Curt Prystupa, Sun Fiberglass Pools, was appointed to serve as the Chair of the Council and Jason Hughes, River Pools & Spas, was appointed to serve as the Council's Co-Chair. Other APSP member companies participating on the Council include Alaglas Pools, Barrier Reef Pools, Latham Pool Products, Inc., Lonestar Fiberglass Pools, Tallman Pools and Thursday Pools.

    Members of the...

  • 2016 Awards of Excellence Now Open

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    The submission site for the 2016 Awards of Excellence is now open.

    This year, APSP has made a change to the usual schedule for submission of entries for the International Awards of Excellence. By popular demand, the entry period has been moved forward to allow for earlier submissions and thus alleviate the time crunch in the summer. The submission period is now open and will run through June 30, 2016. Visit our submission portal to...