• Meet the 2018 Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy

    by AQUA Editors December 2018

    Dick Abare embodies the "love what you do" mentality — even after an impressive 45 years in the pool and spa industry, he's nowhere near ready to quit. Abare owns Algae Busters, a Tampa, Fla.,-based service company with only three employees on the payroll: his wife, his brother and himself. While the company...

  • LPI Acquires Atera Spas

    by AQUA Editors December 2018

    LPI recently announced that it had acquired Phoenix-based Atera Spas. The Johnson-City, Tenn.-based manufacturer said the deal is part of a strategic plan to further penetrate the aquatic and therapy markets.

    “We felt that integrating the Atera chiller feature into our line of swim spas was a big key to continuing our aggressive growth plans in the swim spa and fitness market,” said David Hatley, CEO of LPI. “The ability to chill a portable or swim spa in the hot climate areas will...

  • Lonza To Sell Off Water Care Business

    by AQUA Editors November 2018

    Lonza and global private equity firm have entered into a definitive agreement for Platinum Equity to acquire Lonza's Water Care business and operations for $630 million, according to a joint release. The inclusion of Lonza’s French business in is still under discussion.

    Lonza’s Alpharetta, Ga.-based Water Care business has six manufacturing facilities, global sales reach and approximately 1,200 employees. The business is a leading provider of water-treatment chemicals in residential...

  • A Look at the Zodiac/Fluidra Merger

    by AQUA Editors November 2018

    Mergers and acquisitions are not at all uncommon in the pool and spa industry; consolidation has played a great role in shaping our industry for decades. However, rarely are they as significant as the merger between between Barcelona-based Fluidra and Zodiac...

  • 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...

  • LPI Eliminating Dealer Program

    by Cailley Hammel October 2018

    In a significant shift in business strategy, LPI announced it is ending its domestic dealership program to focus on its direct-to-consumer retail division, Aqua Living Factory Outlets. The move, effective Jan. 1, 2019, will impact about 200 spa retailers who carry LPI portable spas, which includes the Catalina, Signature and Pinnacle brands. Aqua Living currently operates 35 stores, with 110 more expected to open over the next two years.

    LPI CEO Dave Hatley says the change is the...

  • OxiClean Introduces Pool and Spa Chemical Line

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    OxiClean, one of the most highly-recognized names in household cleaners, is making its debut in the pool and spa industry. Developed in partnership with NC Brands, the new line currently includes four pool products and two spa products, with plans to expand with additional offerings in the future.

    While OxiClean laundry and household products are widely available at large brick-and-mortar retailers and online, the pool and spa line will be distributed by POOLCORP and is intended for...

  • Cardinal Systems to Aquire Fox Pool Corp.

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    Cardinal Systems, Schuylkill Haven, Pa., has announced plans to merge with Fox Pool Corporation of York, Pa. The two companies began discussions about the merger early this summer and, now that an agreement has been reached, are expected to merge on or around Dec. 7, 2018

    Cardinal is the largest manufacturer of steel and polymer pool wall systems in the United States and it sells its products though distribution in the U.S. and Canada.

    Adding Fox Pools, which makes...

  • 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...