• The S-POOL Is Coming To Florida

    by Eric Herman January 2019

    Back in May 2018, the AQUA team covered an Israeli company called S-POOL, which produces prefabricated concrete pool shells. The technique was based on a process used to make bomb shelters, which are in effect turned upside down and made into swimming pools.

    Following our coverage, the company began searching for U.S. firms to establish manufacturing operations in North America. That search led to Brad...

  • Sutro Wins Recognition at CES

    by AQUA Editors January 2019

    Each year at CES, thousands of tech pros flock to Las Vegas to check out the latest and greatest in consumer technology. This year's show saw more than 4,500 exhibitors, including a few from the pool and spa industry, all vying to become the...

  • Amazon Launches Interactive Showroom Experience

    by Cailley Hammel January 2019

    Amazon is further investing in experiential retail, this time by rolling out a show digital showroom feature called Amazon Showroom.

    The interactive program allows customers to create their own virtual living rooms. Customers can select wall and floor color and fill the space with selections from a vast online inventory of sofas, lamps, rugs, coffee tables, art and more — all of which are part of Amazon’s private-label...

  • Latham Acquired by New Investors

    by AQUA Editors December 2018

    Pamplona Capital Management recently acquired controlling interest in Latham Pool Products from Wynnchurch Capital, which will remain a significant investor in the manufacturer of pool components and accessories.

    “We are excited to work with  Wynnchurch and the Latham management team to build on the company’s 62 years of customer relationships and market leadership,” said Russell Gehrett, a partner with Pamplona. “Latham already has a reputation for building the most-reliable,...

  • Meet the 2018 Pleatco Perfect Pool Gal

    by AQUA Editors December 2018

    Like countless others, it was family ties that first led Andrea Nannini to the pool and spa industry. At 18 years old, she followed her mom to a pool service company as a way to make ends meet, but little did she know it would ultimately become a career — not to mention a career where she would rise to the...

  • 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...