• Lucite International Acquired by Plaskolite

    by AQUA Editors February 2018

    Lucite International’s continuous cast acrylic sheet business has been acquired by Plaskolite, an acrylic sheet manufacturer.

    As a part of the transaction, Plaskolite is acquiring the Lucite manufacturing facility in Memphis, Tenn. The closing is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2018. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

    “Our goal is to be the industry leader while strengthening our marketplace position for the benefit of our customers,” says...

  • Lonza Awards $25,000 for Retail Makeovers

    by Cailley Hammel January 2018

    Lonza made a splash on the first day of The Pool & Spa Show by awarding a total of $25,000 to the winners of its first Store Makeover Contest.

    More than 100 retailers from across the country entered the contest, providing 200-word essays about their stores and why they deserved to win a makeover. Three retailers won $5,000, and the grand prize winner took home $10,000.

    The winners included:
    West Region Winner: Elk City Pools & Spas, Elk City, Okla.

  • Core Covers Acquires Sunstar

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    Core Covers announced this week it has acquired Sunstar Spa Covers & Accessories, a move that will expand Core's production to 250,000 spa covers per year, making it the world's largest supplier of spa safety covers.

    According to a statement from Core, the acquisition is ideal in several ways: The companies are both based in San Diego, Calif., and are operationally identical, allowing for seamless integration; Core will also retain Sunstar's production staff, securing decades...

  • Trichlor and Dichlor To Face Price Pressure

    by Scott Webb January 2018

    People who pay attention to economic developments in China have been aware of a major shift in environmental policy. Last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping made improving the environment a greater priority in his five-year plan, marking a change from the past in which rapid growth was emphasized above all else.

    In response, China has been implementing an aggressive environmental program with new, stricter governmental regulations. Included in this program is energy conversion from...

  • Fox Pool Corporation Celebrates 60th Anniversary

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    Fox Pool Corporation celebrated its 60th anniversary this month by bringing 138 pool builders to Key Largo, Fla. The event included a presentation of new product innovations, socializing and an awards banquet.

    In a highlight of the evening, Pettis Pools took home an honor to celebrate its 55 years of business. Based in Rochester, N.Y., Pettis Pools currently boasts two retail stores, 70 employees and two generations of owners. Founders Erma and Larry Pettis were both teachers...

  • Atlantic City's Got it All

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    The Pool & Spa Show

    Atlantic City Convention Center
    1 Convention Blvd, Atlantic City, N.J.

    Conference: January 22 – 25 Exhibits: January 23 – 25

    Exhibit Floor Hours Tuesday, January 23: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, January 24: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, January

  • Q&A with Roberta Prygon, Pleatco's 2017 Perfect Pool Gal

    by Cailley Hammel December 2017

    At The Pool & Spa Place (Cranbury, N.J.), Roberta Prygon is the glue that holds everything together. As acting general manager, she has a hand in all facets of the business, from managing the construction crew and creating service routes to overseeing...

  • Q&A With Paul Oliver, Pleatco's 2017 Perfect Pool Guy

    by Scott Webb December 2017

    There are several reasons Paul Oliver of Patriot Pool and Spa (Austin, Texas) is this year's Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy. Some of them were listed by Howard Smith, CEO of Pleatco, at the awards ceremony in Orlando.

    "When we made the calls to Paul's...

  • PSP Expo Names Best New and Best Green Products

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    More than 45 products were on display in the New Product Innovation Zone at Orlando’s PSP Expo — but only two won honors as the Best New Product and Best Green Product.

    This year, Pentair won the Best New Product title with its UltraTemp ETi Heater. This heater is the first to combine gas + heat pump in a single heater....

  • Zodiac and Fluidra Announce Merger

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    Two of the biggest companies in the pool and spa industry, Fluidra and Zodiac Pool Solutions, have agreed to merge. The merger is expected to close in the first half of 2018.

    Fluidra, a Spanish multinational corporation serving the residential and commercial pool and wellness sector, will maintain global headquarters in Barcelona. North American headquarters will remain in Vista (San Diego), California. Fluidra Executive President Eloi Planes will serve as executive chairman of its...