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Pool rails serve an essential purpose in the backyard: to ensure safe entry and egress from the water. But as important as they are, Larry Williams noticed something: In terms of design, they are often overlooked.
“When my parents were building their dream home, the builder encouraged them not to put in a swimming pool handrail because it would take away from the beauty of their yard,” Williams says. “When my mother got older, she was unable to get in and out of the pool.”
That’s when an idea struck. Why can’t practical be beautiful?
“My mother absolutely loves swans. Instead of putting in an ugly handrail, I designed her a pool rail that looks like a swan,” he says.
Sensing that others may want a similar rail of their own, Williams founded Swan Pool Rails. Each rail is finished with a non-rusting, semi-glossy powder coat; rails can be customized with different colors and heights.
Orders have continued to climb, especially as the company gains media attention.
HGTV’s “Pool Kings” featured Swan Rails on an episode that originally aired July 31, 2017. Additionally, Williams is auditioning for Shark Tank this month in an effort to grow the business.
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Baby boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 a day — taking their technical and institutional knowledge with them — leading to a shortage of skilled workers. But thanks to an innovative collaboration between pool pump manufacturer Nidec and Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, Mo., more young people are learning about pool pumps and plumbing every day.
In 2017, Nidec installed a test stand for pool and spa pump motors at Ranken, and since that time, students in the school’s...
How do you find good health insurance for your employees? It’s a tough question with answers that never seem to get easier. The challenge is especially acute for small businesses in the pool and spa industry, most of which have too few people to bargain effectively with insurance carriers.
“Affordability continues to be a challenge for smaller employers,” says Michael Thompson, president and CEO of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. “They are looking for any...
The industry is buzzing over the growth of the swim spa market. In our 2019 State of the Industry report, we found 67% of retailers carry swim spas, and most pros feel confident about the product's future. As one person wrote, "This is a niche market, but as people become more aware of the swim spa, it's only going to increase."
The swim spa largely appeals to space-conscious homeowners seeking an alternative to a pool, or swimming enthusiasts living in seasonal areas. Some users...
The Legend is calling on AQUA readers to share your craziest, funniest stories from the working world of pool and spa pros! Maybe you’ve got a customer that drinks from her own pool. Maybe you’ve got a route dog that can empty a skimmer basket. The best stories will be featured in the September issue of AQUA. If your story is chosen you will receive lifetime Legendary status, AQUA glory and some sweet swag.
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