• CMP Acquires DEL Ozone

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    Custom Molded Products is broadening its product portfolio by acquiring DEL Ozone, a move that pushes CMP into the ozone and UV categories.

    According to a statement released by CMP, the acquisition will allow CMP — which specializes in spa jets, water features, LED products, VGB drains and more — to leverage combined resources for a broader, more innovative product selection and better customer service.

    “This will be a great benefit for both CMP and DEL Ozone customers,”...

  • Former Jandy CEO Authors Family Biography

    by Eric Herman September 2017

    This past summer I had the privilege of editing a book about one of the industry’s true pioneers. It’s called “Fathers of Invention: An American Story of Faith, Family and Innovation” by Andrew A. Pansini, former CEO of Jandy. 

    The story focuses mostly on Pansini’s dad, Andrew L....

  • Industry Pro Dies in Barcelona Attack

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    The pool and spa industry lost one of its own last week. Jared Tucker, son of Chlorine Genie inventor Dan Tucker, was killed in the terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain; he was the sole American to perish.

    Jared was active in the pool and spa industry his whole life, working alongside his dad at Chlorine Genie and Fiberglass Pool Resurfacing. He was in Barcelona with his wife, Heidi, celebrating their first wedding anniversary with a trip to Italy, France and Spain.

    After a...

  • Ledge Lounger Ranks on the 2017 Inc. 5000

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    Ledge Lounger has been ranked No. 420 on the 36th annual Inc. 5000, a prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful independent companies in America, and has in the past included internationally known companies like Microsoft, Under Armour, Zappos, LinkedIn and more.

    The average company on the list achieved a three-year average growth of 481 percent. Ledge Lounger’s three-year sales growth was an...

  • Pleatco Taps New VP

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    Pleatco is pleased to announce and welcome Scott Gleason as its new vice president of business development. Gleason brings a great deal of pool and spa industry experience to the job, including 16 years as national sales manager for Unicel.

    “We are very excited to welcome Scott to Pleatco,” says Howard Smith, CEO. “Not only will he bring a wealth of experience to our sales team, but also be a great ambassador for our brand as we concentrate our expansion both domestically and...

  • Pleatco's 10th Annual Perfect Pool Guy/Gal Contest Now Open

    by AQUA Editors July 2017

    Pleatco a leader in pool and spa filtration products, and longtime co-sponsors Genesis and the National Swimming Pool Foundation, announce the launch of the 2017 Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy/Gal contest.

    This year marks a big milestone: 10 years of honoring the best pool and spa service technicians across the country, extending as far as Canada and Europe.

    “Over the past nine years of the contest, we’ve learned that being a professional pool or spa service technician is more...

  • Jacuzzi Brands Acquires Hydropool

    by AQUA Editors July 2017

    Jacuzzi Brands has made two new acquisitions: Hydropool Hot Tubs and Swim Spas, a leading industry manufacturer, and BathWraps, a leading supplier of bathware sold through premiere remodeling dealers in the U.S. Terms were not disclosed.

    “We are extremely excited about the addition of both Hydropool and BathWraps to our existing spa and bath businesses,” says Bob Rowan, CEO Jacuzzi Brands. “Both companies are complementary to our core business and are led by exceptional management...

  • Pentair Wins Silver in PRO Awards

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    Chief Marketer recognizes Pentair as the Best Seasonal-Themed Campaign Silver Winner for the 2016 “Pump Up Your Savings” marketing campaign. The award was announced on June 13 at the PRO Awards Luncheon held in New York City.

    “We’re honored to have our work...

  • NC Brands Acquires Coral Seas

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    NC Brands reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Coral Seas, a division of Coral Chemical Company, targeted to close around the end of June.

    This acquisition follows NC Brands' acquisition of the assets of Red Leopard in October 2015, HaloSource’s SeaKlear product line in May 2016 and Aqualus’s water soluble pouch technology in April 2017.

    “Our companies have been working together for...

  • Hayward Acquired By Investment Firms

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    Yesterday, Hayward Industries announced it has been acquired by CMP Capital Advisors and MSD Partners. Alberta Investment Management Corporation is also investing.

    Under the Davis family leadership for more than 50 years, Hayward has grown through organic development and strategic acquisitions to expand its product offering to include a complete line of pumps, filters, heaters, cleaners, sanitizers, IoT driven automation and...