• LPI Eliminating Dealer Program

    by Cailley Hammel October 2018

    In a significant shift in business strategy, LPI announced it is ending its domestic dealership program to focus on its direct-to-consumer retail division, Aqua Living Factory Outlets. The move, effective Jan. 1, 2019, will impact about 200 spa retailers who carry LPI portable spas, which includes the Catalina, Signature and Pinnacle brands. Aqua Living currently operates 35 stores, with 110 more expected to open over the next two years.

    LPI CEO Dave Hatley says the change is the...

  • OxiClean Introduces Pool and Spa Chemical Line

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    OxiClean, one of the most highly-recognized names in household cleaners, is making its debut in the pool and spa industry. Developed in partnership with NC Brands, the new line currently includes four pool products and two spa products, with plans to expand with additional offerings in the future.

    While OxiClean laundry and household products are widely available at large brick-and-mortar retailers and online, the pool and spa line will be distributed by POOLCORP and is intended for...

  • Cardinal Systems to Aquire Fox Pool Corp.

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    Cardinal Systems, Schuylkill Haven, Pa., has announced plans to merge with Fox Pool Corporation of York, Pa. The two companies began discussions about the merger early this summer and, now that an agreement has been reached, are expected to merge on or around Dec. 7, 2018

    Cardinal is the largest manufacturer of steel and polymer pool wall systems in the United States and it sells its products though distribution in the U.S. and Canada.

    Adding Fox Pools, which makes...

  • Zodiac Pulls Jandy Products from E-Commerce Sites

    by Eric Herman October 2018

    In a bold move that could have far-reaching impact on the way many dealers in the pool and spa industry do business, Zodiac Pool Systems has announced that it is prohibiting internet sales for the Jandy Pro Series, a line that includes more than 400 products.

    In a Sept. 28 press release, Zodiac announced that the change is a continuation of its “trade series policy” it established in 2014, in which the company altered its warranty program in favor of the trade. The new policy, which...

  • Coast Spas Names New CEO

    by Barrett Kilmer September 2018

    Coast Spa recently announced the appointment of Patricia Diamente as president and CEO. She succeeds company founder and CEO Don Elkington, who will keep his position as chairman of the board for the Langley, BC-based manufacturer

    “Patricia’s track record is exactly what we need as we enter the next phase for Coast, which I am confident will be even more impactful and exciting than our last,” Elkington said. “I look forward to working with Patricia as she transitions into her new...

  • Hayward Acquires Paramount Leisure Industries

    by AQUA Editors August 2018

    Hayward Industries, the Elizabeth, N.J.-based manufacturer of residential and commercial pool and hot tub equipment, has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Paramount Leisure Industries. The transaction is expected to close quickly.

    Known in the industry as Paramount Pool & Spa Systems, the company, headquartered in Chandler, Ariz., specializes in in-floor cleaning systems, alternative sanitizers, lighting systems, and more. Headed by CEO Lewis “Buzz” Ghiz, the...

  • Fire Damages Jacuzzi Plant

    by Abigail Carpenter August 2018

    Photo by Jesús Bustamante

    Jacuzzi’s manufacturing plant in Tijuana, Mexico, sustained fire damage Saturday afternoon at approximately 2 p.m. local time. According to local

  • S.R. Smith Acquires Inter-Fab Assets

    by Barrett Kilmer August 2018

    S.R. Smith, the Canby, Ore.-based manufacturer of swimming pool slides, rails and other deck equipment, has acquired some of the assets of Inter-Fab, based in Tucson, Ariz. S.R. Smith plans to integrate all of Inter-Fab’s products into its portfolio except for its deck-mounted slides, which were not part of the agreement.

    In a statement, Inter-Fab president Mike Hagerty cited a favorable business climate and his approaching retirement as reasons for the asset sale.

    “In the...

  • Hasa Announces Marketing Agreement with Unicel

    by AQUA Editors August 2018

    Hasa, a leading producer and distributor of high-quality water treatment products, has entered into an agreement with Meissner Mfg. Co. (otherwise known as Unicel) to support and promote Unicel replacement cartridges and grids to the swimming pool and hot tub industries in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas.

    “We are very excited to have Unicel represented by the Hasa sales force,” says Christine Schaeffer, vice...

  • Manny Perez de la Mesa Retiring from POOLCORP

    by AQUA Editors July 2018

    After nearly 20 years with the company, Manny Perez de la Mesa will retire from his position as CEO of POOLCORP at the end of the year. The board of directors has appointed Peter Arvan, the company's current executive vice president and COO, to take over as the new CEO. While he is stepping down from his role, Perez de la Mesa will remain with POOLCORP as vice chairman of the board of directors.

    "The Board, working closely with Manny, has developed and executed a comprehensive...