• BioLab Acquired by KIK Custom Products

    by AQUA Editors October 2013

    Chemtura has just announced plans to sell BioLab to KIK Custom Products for $314 million. 

    BioLab manufactures pool and spa care brands including BioGuard, Bayrol, SpaGuard, OMNI and Sun products. The sale is expected to close at the end of this year.

    “This acquisition is an important step for BioLab as we drive towards our long-term vision,” says Jon Viner, president of BioLab. “Being part of a consumer-oriented company like KIK allows us to focus on...

  • POOLCORP Reports Record Q2 Results

    by Scott Webb July 2013

    Pool Corporation today reported record results for the second quarter of 2013.

    "Our second quarter results were bolstered by strong performances in our largest, year-round markets and growth in pool refurbishment and replacement activities. Most seasonal markets lagged given the late start to this year's season as noted in our June 18th press release," said Manuel Perez de la Mesa, President and CEO.

    Net sales for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 increased 4% to a...

  • Business Briefs: July 2013

    by AQUA Editors July 2013

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    Gibb Teel of Teel Marketing Solutions.

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    The Challenged Athletes Foundation helps people with physical challenges get involved in sports.


  • Business Briefs: Late May 2013

    by AQUA Editors May 2013

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    Jacuzzi's J-495 model won a Platinum ADEX Award.

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    Lisa Olito is the new Southwest Pool & Spa Division Manager at Water Tech Corporation.

    Jacuzzi and Sundance Receive ADEX Awards Two hot tub...

  • PoolCorp, "Big 3" Lawsuit Partially Dismissed

    by Cailley Hammel May 2013

    A court in Louisiana recently dismissed parts of the antitrust lawsuit brought against PoolCorp and the “Big Three” manufacturers (Hayward, Pentair and Zodiac) yet allowed other parts to advance.

    The plaintiffs in the case consist of both dealers and consumers, known in the case as “direct purchasers” and “indirect purchasers” respectively.


  • Business Briefs: April 2013

    by AQUA Editors April 2013

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    By selling products directly to brick-and-mortar retailers, Spec Chem Direct hopes to help dealers make more money on chemicals.

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    Dan Tillman, eastern regional sales
  • Zodiac Improves Warranty Policy

    by AQUA Editors March 2013

    Seeking to "further support the proper installation and operation of its pool equipment," Zodiac Pool Systems has updated its product warranties. 

    The company's installation and/or operation manuals for all products, other than automatic pool cleaners and a select...

  • 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...