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  • In Review: 2018 PSP Expo

    by AQUA Editors November 2018

    The pool and spa industry took Las Vegas by storm last week at the PSP Expo, with thousands walking the aisles, taking in industry education, networking and, of course, having fun along the way. (Which is never hard to come by in Las Vegas, especially when the first day of the show falls on Halloween.) Below you’ll find just a few highlights from the show floor and beyond.

  • LEDs: The New Direction of Pool Lighting

    by Eric Herman November 2018

    LED lights have taken the pool industry in bold new directions — and have done so in increasingly rapid fashion in only the past few years. In terms of sales, the new compact-LED fixtures have reportedly overtaken traditional incandescent lights, which are increasingly relegated to replacement sales.

    According to James Carter, lighting product manager for Hayward Industries, "From an LED perspective, the rate of adoption is extremely high because the entire lighting industry has...

  • Customizing the Cure

    by Eric Herman November 2018

    For most people, running a pioneering manufacturer of cartridge filter elements would take up all their time. For Christine Schaeffer, vice president of Meissner Mfg. Co., the parent company of Unicel, it's only part of her professional life.

    Away from her responsibilities at the company, which was founded in 1956 by her father, Richard Meissner, Schaeffer is deeply involved in advancing the state of the healthcare industry. Her resume includes a long list of health-related...

  • Investment Firm Acquires PebbleTec

    by Eric Herman November 2018

    Pebble Technology International, Inc. (PebbleTec) recently announced that it has been acquired by Graycliff Partners, a New York-based investment firm focused on lower-middle market investments in companies that have demonstrated market leadership and innovation. Graycliff reportedly purchased the company from a small group of individual shareholders for an undisclosed price.

    Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., PebbleTec has become one of the pool and spa industry’s brand leaders in pool...

  • Consider the Skimmer

    by Eric Herman November 2018

    They are among the most common components on all types of pools, spas, fountains and other man-made bodies of water. The humble skimmer is truly ever present — so much so, in fact, that it predates pumps and filters. Back in the early 1900s when the modern pool industry was still in its infancy, there were no recirculation systems; water generally entered the pool at or near the bottom and exited through "scum gutters" that were essentially massive skimmers.

    In terms of what...

  • Water Tech Strikes Back Against Patent Infringement

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    Water Tech Corporation recently filed a patent infringement lawsuit in federal court against Kokido, a Chinese company, and Menards, a large home-improvement retailer based in the Midwestern U.S. Water Tech claims Kokido has been manufacturing a handheld pool vacuum using Water Tech technology, then selling the product back into the U.S. through several online and brick-and-mortar retailers, including Menards stores.

    According to the complaint, Water Tech manufactured and sold a...

  • A Spooky Time in Las Vegas

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    The PSP Expo is just around the corner, and the very first day of the show happens to fall on Halloween. Interested in making your Vegas trip a little spookier? In the "spirit" of the holiday (pun intended), we developed a list of just some of the Halloween activities you can enjoy while in town. From big bashes to eerie museums (and a whole lot of zombies) there's something for everyone. See you in Vegas!

     


  • 2018 Awards of Excellence Winners: Gold

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    Each year, hundreds of accomplished pool designers and builders enter their best projects into APSP's Awards of Excellence competition. In the past two weeks, we've shown you dozens of amazing examples of this work with the Bronze- and Silver-winning entries. Now, we're revealing the Gold winners.

    Among the 15 winners below you'll find several vanishing edges on precipitous perches, a pool with a concrete grotto crowned with fire effects, a glass-tiled...

  • Rock on the Wild Side

    by Barrett Kilmer October 2018

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    "There are many reasons why I use Pentair, and the way it all works so well with the

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  • How to Manage a Challenging Hire

    by Erik Taylor October 2018

    Hiring and training new employees isn’t a black-and-white process — in fact, there’s quite a bit of gray area. That’s because there’s a lot of emotion and opinion involved, and everyone approaches it differently.

    For example: What do you consider satisfactory job performance? How much time do you think is required to properly train an employee? How long should it take before a new hire “gets it”?

    And what would you consider to be poor performance and/or unsatisfactory...