• Fire Damages Jacuzzi Plant

    by Abigail Carpenter August 2018

    Photo by Jesús Bustamante

    Jacuzzi’s manufacturing plant in Tijuana, Mexico, sustained fire damage Saturday afternoon at approximately 2 p.m. local time. According to local

  • S.R. Smith Acquires Inter-Fab Assets

    by Barrett Kilmer August 2018

    S.R. Smith, the Canby, Ore.-based manufacturer of swimming pool slides, rails and other deck equipment, has acquired some of the assets of Inter-Fab, based in Tucson, Ariz. S.R. Smith plans to integrate all of Inter-Fab’s products into its portfolio except for its deck-mounted slides, which were not part of the agreement.

    In a statement, Inter-Fab president Mike Hagerty cited a favorable business climate and his approaching retirement as reasons for the asset sale.

    “In the...

  • Hasa Announces Marketing Agreement with Unicel

    by AQUA Editors August 2018

    Hasa, a leading producer and distributor of high-quality water treatment products, has entered into an agreement with Meissner Mfg. Co. (otherwise known as Unicel) to support and promote Unicel replacement cartridges and grids to the swimming pool and hot tub industries in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas.

    “We are very excited to have Unicel represented by the Hasa sales force,” says Christine Schaeffer, vice...

  • Manny Perez de la Mesa Retiring from POOLCORP

    by AQUA Editors July 2018

    After nearly 20 years with the company, Manny Perez de la Mesa will retire from his position as CEO of POOLCORP at the end of the year. The board of directors has appointed Peter Arvan, the company's current executive vice president and COO, to take over as the new CEO. While he is stepping down from his role, Perez de la Mesa will remain with POOLCORP as vice chairman of the board of directors.

    "The Board, working closely with Manny, has developed and executed a comprehensive...

  • Hayward Acquires pHin Parent Company

    by AQUA Editors April 2018

    Hayward Industries announces it has acquired ConnectedYard, Inc. ConnectedYard is the company behind the pHin Smart Water Care solution, which combines a Wi-Fi-enabled smart monitor and mobile app that monitors pool and hot tub water chemistry and temperature 24/7, notifying customers via smartphone when they need to balance the water.

    RELATED:pHin: Here to Stay

    "The pHin Water Care solution is an...

  • Sponsored Content: Taking the Hassle Out of Valve Actuator Setup

    by Intermatic March 2018

    At the height of pool season, there’s nothing more valuable than time. Pool professionals, especially pool service technicians, know that saving a few extra minutes on a project can make a major difference in staying on track with daily appointments.

    Yet with such hectic schedules during the peak season, many pool service technicians still find themselves underwater managing inefficient tasks and processes. There’s no better example of this than the work that goes into valve...

  • Zodiac Announces Redesigned Loyalty Program, New Retail Program

    by AQUA Editors March 2018

    Zodiac Pool Systems announces it has reconfigured its loyalty program and implemented a new program designed to reward retailers.

    The loyalty program is broken down into four programs, starting with Zodiac Rewards, an entry-level program that provides access to business tools and allows members to earn points on purchases, which can be redeemed for various products or services.

    Once a Zodiac Rewards member,...

  • NC Brands Announces 'Amazing Pool Cleanup Contest'

    by AQUA Editors February 2018

    NC Brands, makers of Natural Chemistry, Coral Seas and SeaKlear, is pleased to announce the Amazing Pool Cleanup Contest, which highlights dramatic green-to-clean pool transformations and will award hefty cash prizes to the winners.

    There are two versions of the contest: one for consumers and another for pool professionals, each of which will have a first, second and third-place winner. NC Brands is awarding a total of $7,500 for each version of the contest. To learn more about each...

  • Lucite International Acquired by Plaskolite

    by AQUA Editors February 2018

    Lucite International’s continuous cast acrylic sheet business has been acquired by Plaskolite, an acrylic sheet manufacturer.

    As a part of the transaction, Plaskolite is acquiring the Lucite manufacturing facility in Memphis, Tenn. The closing is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2018. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

    “Our goal is to be the industry leader while strengthening our marketplace position for the benefit of our customers,” says...

  • Lonza Awards $25,000 for Retail Makeovers

    by Cailley Hammel January 2018

    Lonza made a splash on the first day of The Pool & Spa Show by awarding a total of $25,000 to the winners of its first Store Makeover Contest.

    More than 100 retailers from across the country entered the contest, providing 200-word essays about their stores and why they deserved to win a makeover. Three retailers won $5,000, and the grand prize winner took home $10,000.

    The winners included:
    West Region Winner: Elk City Pools & Spas, Elk City, Okla.