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  • Zodiac Pulls Jandy Products from E-Commerce Sites

    by Eric Herman October 2018

    In a bold move that could have far-reaching impact on the way many dealers in the pool and spa industry do business, Zodiac Pool Systems has announced that it is prohibiting internet sales for the Jandy Pro Series, a line that includes more than 400 products.

    In a Sept. 28 press release, Zodiac announced that the change is a continuation of its “trade series policy” it established in 2014, in which the company altered its warranty program in favor of the trade. The new policy, which...

  • Coast Spas Names New CEO

    by Barrett Kilmer September 2018

    Coast Spa recently announced the appointment of Patricia Diamente as president and CEO. She succeeds company founder and CEO Don Elkington, who will keep his position as chairman of the board for the Langley, BC-based manufacturer

    “Patricia’s track record is exactly what we need as we enter the next phase for Coast, which I am confident will be even more impactful and exciting than our last,” Elkington said. “I look forward to working with Patricia as she transitions into her new...

  • Hayward Acquires Paramount Leisure Industries

    by AQUA Editors August 2018

    Hayward Industries, the Elizabeth, N.J.-based manufacturer of residential and commercial pool and hot tub equipment, has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Paramount Leisure Industries. The transaction is expected to close quickly.

    Known in the industry as Paramount Pool & Spa Systems, the company, headquartered in Chandler, Ariz., specializes in in-floor cleaning systems, alternative sanitizers, lighting systems, and more. Headed by CEO Lewis “Buzz” Ghiz, the...

  • 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,...