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  • Automatic Pool Covers Celebrates 40 Years

    by AQUA Editors April 2019

    Automatic Pool Covers Inc.is celebrating 40 years in business in 2019. To celebrate, the company held a party in late February to thank their employees and clients for getting the company to this big anniversary.

    “We wouldn’t be here today without our amazing employees and customers, to whom we are all very grateful,” says Michael Shebek, CEO of the company.

    Automatic Pool Covers, Inc. opened its doors in...

  • Franklin Electric Celebrates 75 Years

    by AQUA Editors February 2019

    Franklin Electric Co., Inc. in Fort Wayne, Ind. is proud to announce 2019 as the company’s 75-year anniversary. A lot has changed at Franklin Electric since E.J. (Ed) Schaefer and T.W. (Wayne) Kehoe founded the company in 1944 in Bluffton, Ind. Since then, it has grown from a small motor manufacturing company into a leading global provider of systems and components for moving water and fuel. What hasn’t changed are the company’s...

  • Raypak Celebrates 70th Anniversary

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    Raypak celebrates its 70th anniversary with the the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art Innovation Learning Center at the company’s headquarters in Oxnard, Calif. The center is part of an extensive renovation and expansion of Raypak’s headquarter offices, testing lab and warehouse.

  • Berry Family Pools Celebrates 40 Years

    by AQUA Editors April 2018

    Berry Family Pools of Longview, Texas, is celebrating 40 years of business this year. The company was founded in 1978 by Clyde Berry and his wife Maryann.

    “Daddy always said that it takes so many dollars to get the customer in here, and it only takes one wrong step to lose them,” says Sheila...

  • Kalamazoo Hybrid Fire Grill Celebrates 20 Years

    by AQUA Editors April 2018

    Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Hybrid Fire Grill, which allows homeowners to cook with any combination of wood, charcoal and gas.

    “In 1998, there was nothing like the Kalamazoo Dual-fuel Grill on the market. It created a whole new category,” Faulk says. “The grill created a small but enthusiastic following that really launched our brand.

    ”Kalamazoo will be celebrating all year long, starting with a visual timeline that chronicles the...

  • Secard Pools & Spas Celebrates 60th Anniversary

    by AQUA Editors February 2018

    Secard Pools & Spas (Hesperia, Calif.) is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

    The store was founded in 1958 by Joe Secard, who started the business by selling aboveground pools out of his garage. A couple years later, he opened up his first store.

    “One thing led to another and now we’re a small chain with different items for both the pool and spa industries,” Secard says. Secard continues his role as president and CEO, but the majority of the business is managed by his son...

  • Fox Pool Corporation Celebrates 60th Anniversary

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    Fox Pool Corporation celebrated its 60th anniversary this month by bringing 138 pool builders to Key Largo, Fla. The event included a presentation of new product innovations, socializing and an awards banquet.

    In a highlight of the evening, Pettis Pools took home an honor to celebrate its 55 years of business. Based in Rochester, N.Y., Pettis Pools currently boasts two retail stores, 70 employees and two generations of owners. Founders Erma and Larry Pettis were both teachers...

  • AST Certification Course Celebrates First Anniversary

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    NSPF’s certification program, the Advanced Service Technician Certification course, celebrated its first anniversary last month. The AST Certification course certified...

  • Haviland Celebrates 20 Years of Employee Ownership

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    Haviland Pool and Spa Products is celebrating 20 years as an employee-owned company. In 1997, Haviland’s parent company, Haviland Enterprises sold the company to its employees to become an employee stock ownership program.

    “Our company is one of the best examples of an ESOP business,” says Terry Schoen, chief financial officer. “We have strong evidence that points to the fact that, because of our ESOP participation, our employee morale and productivity has improved and the plan...

  • ControlOMatic Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    ControlOMatic is pleased to announce its 10th anniversary in the swimming pool and spa industry, providing innovative, patented, plug-n-play saltwater systems for spa chlorination as well as a complete line of chemicals controllers for residential and commercial swimming pools.

    The founder of ControlOMatic, Scott Lenney, has actually been in the industry since 1989 when he first founded Acu-Trol which he later sold to Pentair Commercial Aquatics in 2006. Mr. Lenney went on to...