• Business Briefs: March 2013

    by AQUA Editors March 2013

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    A screenshot from Swimming Pool Academy's course, "How Pools Operate."

    Swimming Pool Retail Academy Earns Accreditation from APSP

    Swimming Pool Retail Academy has been accredited by the Association of...

  • Business Briefs: Late February 2013

    by AQUA Editors February 2013

    FILBUR Gets a Makeover

    FILBUR Manufacturing has just launched newly upgraded labels that give the product a more appealing, consumer-friendly look. Commercial-grade packaging is replaced by lifestyle images that reflect the fun and relaxation that come with a clean, clear pool. The labels also place greater emphasis on the company’s use of Reemay Filtration Fabric with a new,...

  • 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

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    Amelia Chiaramonte

    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

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    David Ludlow, Former CEO Bullfrog Spas

    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

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    Photo courtesy Tabbie Coulter

    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

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    Rich Mitchell

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    Bob Lawlor

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    Lex Fogle