News: Manufacturer News
- Vance Gillette to Retire from Zodiac Pool Systems
by AQUA Editors February 2013
Vice President of Business Development Vance Gillette, both an industry icon and friend of many in the pool industry, will be retiring from Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc., effective April 1, 2013 after 36 years with the company and more than 47 years in the pool industry. He began his career with Arneson in 1966, selling pool cleaners over the phone for...
- Zodiac Restructures Consumer Rebate Program to Support Dealers
by AQUA Editors January 2013
To better support dealers across the country, Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc. has launched its new "Get Rewarded" rebate program for consumers who purchase Polaris- and Zodiac-branded automatic pool cleaners....
- Solar Sun Rings Settles Suit
by Scott Webb January 2013
Just days before the trial was to begin, Solar Sun Rings, a Temecula, Calif.-based manufacturer of inflatable solar pool heating rings has settled with retail giant Wal-Mart out of court on December 4, 2012.
As has been reported in AQUA, in 2011 Solar Sun Rings filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart alleging the national retail chain, in developing and...
- Business Briefs: LOOP-LOC's Amelia Chiaramonte To Retire
by Scott Webb December 2012
After 18 years at LOOP-LOC and almost 50 years in the swimming pool industry, Amelia Chiaramonte, Sales Manager for the Hauppauge, N.Y.-based pool cover manufacturer, will retire at the end of this year.
Chiaramonte started her career at Medallion/EZ Do Pools as a receptionist and worked her way up...
- Leapfrogging: Bullfrog Passes the Torch to New CEO
by Cailley Hammel December 2012
It was early 2011, and the then-CEO of Bullfrog Spas, David Ludlow, was with the board of directors. They had been courting Jerry Pasley, Jacuzzi's then-Executive Vice President of Sales, for a move to Bullfrog. The interview process was in full swing, and everything was...
- Fire Destroys Columbia Spas Building
by Cailley Hammel November 2012
A fire destroyed one of Columbia Spa’s two manufacturing plants in Jefferson, Ore., Thursday night. The fire was caused by a baseboard heater that, once aflame, engulfed the building in 90 minutes. According to
- Wal-Mart Summary Judgment Against Manufacturer Thrown Out
by AQUA Editors November 2012
Pool industry manufacturer Solar Sun Rings has won a round in its legal battle with retail giant Wal-Mart. On Oct. 31, Philip S. Gutierrez, United States District Judge, denied Wal-Mart’s motion for summary judgment in the case Solar Sun Rings, Inc. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
The ongoing litigation centers around a claim by Solar Sun Rings that Wal-Mart has violated its patent.
According to the plaintiff, President and CEO Lora Rosene, Solar Sun Rings, Inc. was asked...
- Business Briefs: October 2012
by AQUA Editors October 2012
- Clark Hale Named Hayward Industries President, COO
by AQUA Editors October 2012
Clark R. Hale is the new president and chief operating officer at Hayward Industries, the largest manufacturer of residential swimming pool equipment in the world.
Hale has 25 years of executive experience with such companies as Brooks Instrument, Victaulic Company, and Emerson Electric. Now at Hayward’s Elizabeth, N.J. headquarters, he will...
- "Big Three" Mfrs. Included In Anti-Trust Case
by Scott Webb September 2012
The US District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana has agreed to allow a filing to expand the list of defendants in an ongoing anti-trust action to include “Big Three” manufacturers Pentair, Hayward and Zodiac.
The case was originally brought against Covington, La.-based PoolCorp by a group of 11 dealers and consumers accusing the distribution giant of intimidating manufacturers in order to stop them from selling products...