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  • The Manilla File

    by Barrett Kilmer December 2016

    On November 1, Jack Manilla will begin his first term as chair of the APSP Board of Directors. It'll be the culmination of more than 20 years of service to the industry, both as owner of Portofino Pool Services in...

  • ‘Blue Mind’: An Exploration of the Benefits of Being Near Water

    by Eric Herman November 2016

    We all know that human beings have an innate love of water, but do we really know why? Is it that our bodies are comprised mostly of water, or is it because the earth’s surface is nearly three quarters aquatic? Or is it something else?

    In what should arguably be required reading for those of us in the aquatics industries, author Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist, offers a wonderfully comprehensive analysis of those questions in “

  • Tapping into the Resort Market

    by Cailley Hammel November 2016

    Jackson Hole, Wyo., the Hamptons, L.I., the Florida Keys. These are just a few of the country's top resort areas, each a popular getaway for vacationers looking for beaches or powdery slopes. Not only are they cool places to visit, they're also a unique niche for hot tub retailers: the resort market.

    These top travel destinations are populated with cabins, cottages, condos, vacation homes and upper-crust estates, most of which are owned by people who don't live there full time. To...

  • Overtime Regulations on Hold

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    New overtime regulations enacted by the Obama Administration this summer are now on hold after a Texas judge filed a nationwide injunction last week.

    The regulations, initially scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1, required employers to pay overtime to employees earning up to $47,476 each year. Currently, the threshold is $23,660, which was last updated in 2004.

    As Melanie Trottman and Ruth Simon of the

  • Tara Manufacturing Named POOLCORP Vendor of the Year

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    Tara Manufacturing, a leader in vinyl pool liners and pool safety covers has been named the POOLCORP Vendor of the Year for 2016.

    The award honors the vendor that demonstrates superior operational performance and profitability. POOLCORP, the worlds largest distributor of pool products, has more than 800 active...

  • RB Control Systems Announces New Team Members

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    RB Retail & Service Solutions, the leading provider of retail point-of-sale software for the pool and spa industry through the RB Control Systems software, announces recent additions to the company’s team to meet the needs of their growing workforce and expanding...

  • In Memoriam: NESPA’s Paulette Pitrak

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    Paulette Pitrak, deputy executive director for the Northeast Spa & Pool Association, passed away Nov. 18 after a courageous battle with leukemia. She was 64.

    Paulette first entered the pool and spa industry in 1988 as director of education for the National Spa and Pool Institute. She joined NESPA in 1998 where she worked tirelessly across a wide range...

  • World Aquatic Health Conference Sets New Attendance Record

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    The 13th-annual World Aquatic Health Conference, hosted by NSPF in Nashville, Tenn., drew a record number of attendees at its recent conference. The conference, held October 19 to 21 in Nashville, Tenn., welcomed 412 attendees, including 158 first-timers. Attendees included representatives from aquatic facilities, service providers, consultant companies, parks and recreation, water parks, manufacturers, academia, associations, builders,...

  • Catalina Spas Purchased by TN Company

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    LPI, a Tennessee-based manufacturer of acrylic hot tubs and tanning beds, announced last week that it acquired Catalina Spas, currently located in Perris, Calif. The purchase is part of LPI’s strategic plan to open new channels of distribution and tap into a new customer base by offering a high-end spa brand, the company says.

    "Boyd Cargill has done an amazing job of innovating the spa industry since 1977, and building and managing a leading quality consumer brand,” says David...

  • PSP Expo 2016: Show Highlights

    by Cailley Hammel November 2016

    Last week, pool and spa pros from all over the country came together at the annual PSP Expo, which returned to New Orleans for the first time since 2012. In-between bites of gumbo and sips of hurricanes, attendees enjoyed a bustling show floor, a well-rounded assortment of classes...