• Hayward Acquires pHin Parent Company

    by AQUA Editors April 2018

    Hayward Industries announces it has acquired ConnectedYard, Inc. ConnectedYard is the company behind the pHin Smart Water Care solution, which combines a Wi-Fi-enabled smart monitor and mobile app that monitors pool and hot tub water chemistry and temperature 24/7, notifying customers via smartphone when they need to balance the water.

    RELATED:pHin: Here to Stay

    "The pHin Water Care solution is an...

  • Sponsored Content: Taking the Hassle Out of Valve Actuator Setup

    by Intermatic March 2018

    At the height of pool season, there’s nothing more valuable than time. Pool professionals, especially pool service technicians, know that saving a few extra minutes on a project can make a major difference in staying on track with daily appointments.

    Yet with such hectic schedules during the peak season, many pool service technicians still find themselves underwater managing inefficient tasks and processes. There’s no better example of this than the work that goes into valve...

  • Zodiac Announces Redesigned Loyalty Program, New Retail Program

    by AQUA Editors March 2018

    Zodiac Pool Systems announces it has reconfigured its loyalty program and implemented a new program designed to reward retailers.

    The loyalty program is broken down into four programs, starting with Zodiac Rewards, an entry-level program that provides access to business tools and allows members to earn points on purchases, which can be redeemed for various products or services.

    Once a Zodiac Rewards member,...

  • NC Brands Announces 'Amazing Pool Cleanup Contest'

    by AQUA Editors February 2018

    NC Brands, makers of Natural Chemistry, Coral Seas and SeaKlear, is pleased to announce the Amazing Pool Cleanup Contest, which highlights dramatic green-to-clean pool transformations and will award hefty cash prizes to the winners.

    There are two versions of the contest: one for consumers and another for pool professionals, each of which will have a first, second and third-place winner. NC Brands is awarding a total of $7,500 for each version of the contest. To learn more about each...

  • 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