• Manufacturer Settles Anti-Trust Suit

    by Scott Webb July 2014

    Hayward Industries, one of four defendants in a long-running anti-trust case, has agreed to an $8 million out-of-court settlement, pending court approval.

    The $8 million settlement included a $1.5 million deal with consumers and a $6.5 million deal with a group of distributors to settle their allegations that Hayward conspired in conjunction with PoolCorp to restrict the supply of pool products. 

    The distributors...

  • Business Briefs: June 2014

    by Cailley Hammel June 2014

    Vassallo Wins Honor for Promoting Water Safety

    photo of Vassallo winning a 2014 Lifesaver Award
    From left: McGruff, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Crime Fighting Dog; Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Public Education & Information Officer; Lois Tarkanian, Las Vegas City Councilwoman; and Joseph M. Vassallo, Paragon Pools
  • KIK to Invest in BioGuard

    by Scott Webb May 2014

    When the news first broke last year that KIK Custom Products would purchase BioLab (and its subsidiary BioGuard) from Chemtura, news media covered the basic facts of the event, but it’s taken some time to discern the direction the new parent company will take.

    Six months have passed — time enough to see what the change in ownership may mean for dealers. With that in mind, AQUA magazine recently caught up with Jon Viner, president of BioLab, to see what KIK...

  • Business Briefs: May 2014

    by Cailley Hammel May 2014

    Pool Industry Marketing Veteran Joins Imperial Team

    Imperial Pools recently announced the appointment of Jeff Mazzone as Director of Marketing for the company. He will be responsible for marketing, promotion and brand management of the Imperial Pools line of manufactured and distributed...

  • Business Briefs: Late April 2014

    by Cailley Hammel April 2014

    Zodiac Pool Systems Technical Support Team Completes Certified Pool/Spa Operator Certification Program

    Zodiac Pool Systems announced that the company’s technical support team has completed specialized coursework and training to obtain the Certified Pool/Spa Operator Certification from the National Swimming Pool Foundation. Under the direction of Chris Mather, customer education administrator at Zodiac and a Certified Pool/Spa Instructor, the 23-person team...

  • Business Briefs: Mid-April 2014

    by Cailley Hammel April 2014

    Zodiac dealer events promo
    A look at the artwork Zodiac is using to promote dealer events.

    Zodiac Pool Systems Expands Annual Promotional Events 

    After significant success last year, Zodiac Pool Systems has expanded its annual promotional event program for Zodiac and Polaris dealers. 

    The Zodiac Days and Polaris...

  • Business Briefs: April 2014

    by Cailley Hammel April 2014

    CGT Pool Liner Design Wins Award

    CGT is pleased to announce its Hudson Plaza design has won the 2013 Golden Cylinder award for “Technical Innovation” from the Gravure Association of America.

    This award-winning design has also been well received by homeowners and pool builders, as Pool Market...

  • Business Briefs: March 2014

    by Cailley Hammel March 2014

    VivoPools Appoints Industry Icon to Advisory Board

    VivoPools, a leader in swimming pool service management, has announced the appointment of Vance Gillette to the company’s advisory board. In this role, Gillette will draw on his 45 years of knowledge and expertise to...

  • Business Briefs: Late February 2014

    by Cailley Hammel February 2014

    Evosus Integrates with Pool Corp

    Evosus, Inc., makers of Evosus Business Management Software, a fully integrated software program designed specifically for the pool and spa industry, has now fully integrated its software with the Pool Corp system, a move which will...

  • POOLCORP Reports Record 2013

    by Scott Webb February 2014

    POOLCORP, the largest distributor of swimming pool products in the United States, today announced full year 2013 results.

    Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2013 increased 6% to a record high of $2.08 billion, compared to $1.95 billion in 2012. Base business sales increased 6%, including a 6% increase from swimming pool product sales. According to the company, base business sales...