• Business Briefs: February 2014

    by AQUA Editors February 2014

    King Technology Announces New Dealer Website, Online TrainingFROG’s new website allows dealers/distributors to order literature and POP, sign up for programs, view the latest FROG news and participate in the new FROG Training. 

    "This fun, interactive training program looks like a video game and engages the user to...

  • Business Briefs: January 2014

    by Cailley Hammel January 2014

    New Year, New Acquisition

    Swimways, a leader in leisure products in the pool and spa industry, announced that it is acquiring Spongex — which produces, Aquaria a high-end line of aquatic leisure products — from Nomaco Inc. The acquisition includes the Spongex manufacturing plant in Tarboro, N.C., and its 45 employees.

    Known for its Aqua Cell foam technology, an exclusive closed-cell foam molding process made in the USA, Spongex produces...

  • Hayward Acquires Pool Cleaner Manufacturer

    by AQUA Editors January 2014

    Hayward Industries has announced that effective December 20, 2013, they acquired Poolvergnuegen, a leading manufacturer and marketer of pool cleaners.

    “We are delighted about acquiring Poolvergnuegen. The company has developed a wonderful business with a strong presence in the Western U.S. and certain international markets," says Hayward Industries CEO Robert Davis. "Outstanding technology, robust and reliable products, together with a clear customer focus has enabled Poolvergnuegen...

  • Meet the 2013 Perfect Pool Guy, Gal, Spa Guy

    by AQUA Editors December 2013

    photo of Pleatco Pool Guy, Gal, and Spa Guy
    Tommy Rayburn, Amanda Colwell, Dan Stebner (L–R)

    During IPSPE in Las Vegas, Pleatco honored its new winners of the annual Perfect Pool Guy/Gal Awards. But this year came with a twist — in addition to honoring the Perfect Pool Guy and Gal, Pleatco passed out a brand-new award for the Perfect...

  • Latham Acquires Vinyl Liner Manufacturer

    by AQUA Editors December 2013

    Latham Pool Products, North America's largest manufacturer of swimming pool components, has acquired Plastimayd, one of the nation's oldest manufacturers of swimming pool vinyl liners, along with its affiliated brands. The move adds Plastimayd and VynAll liners and CoverLogix safety covers to Latham's roster of pool product brands, which includes Viking, Trilogy and Blue Hawaiian fiberglass pools; package pool brands Pacific Pools, Fort Wayne Pools, Kafko Pool Products, Performance Pool...
  • S.R.Smith Acquires FiberStars

    by AQUA Editors December 2013

    S.R.Smith has acquired the pool and spa assets of FiberStars, an Energy Focus Company. The purchase brings S.R.Smith a portfolio of LED lighting and control products, which the company will integrate into its portfolio. 
    The acquisition of FiberStars provides S.R.Smith an opportunity to expand into a growing segment in the pool industry. “This is an excellent opportunity for S.R.Smith to leverage our integration and product development experience to grow our...
  • The Art of Understatement

    by David Tisherman November 2013

    photo of Joan Roca pool project
    Photos: David Tisherman

    What constitutes great swimming pool and exterior design? According to David Tisherman, it’s not about creating visual spectacles using gimmicky or cliché features, but instead about using established design principles to create spaces that harmonize with their surroundings while satisfying

  • Meet the 2013 Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy, Pool Gal, Spa Guy

    by Cailley Hammel November 2013

    photo of 2013 Pleatco winners
    From left to right: Perfect Pool Guy Tommy Rayburn, Perfect Pool Gal Amanda Colwell and Perfect Spa Guy Dan Stebner.

    During IPSPE in Las Vegas, Pleatco honored its new winners of the annual Perfect Pool Guy/Gal Awards. But this year came with a twist — in addition to honoring the Perfect Pool Guy and Gal,...

  • Business Briefs: Late November 2013

    by AQUA Editors November 2013

    SeaKlear Gains New LeadershipSeaKlear water treatment products announces the appointment of Timothy Joyce (pictured right) as vice president and general manager of the Americas. Joyce brings a wealth of commercial experience in consumer...

  • Business Briefs: November 2013

    by AQUA Editors November 2013

    SilkBalance Hires New VP of Sales & MarketingSilkBalance Water Solutions, a water conditioner supplier for the spa industry, has appointed Steven O’Shea to the position of vice president of sales and...