• 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


  • 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...

  • Bullfrog Spas Wins 2012 IDEA Design Award

    by AQUA Editors September 2012

    Bullfrog Spas has won a 2012 International Design Excellence Award for product design excellence. The award was given specifically for the design of the SportX Model 151R round hot tub.

    Bullfrog Spas, in collaboration with Rocketship Design, an industrial design firm...

  • Hayward Adjusts Aqua Connect Prices

    by Mandy Acre June 2012

    AQUA ConnectHayward Pool Products is eliminating the monthly fee for its Aqua Connect Web Remote Pool Management. Aqua Connect Web was designed to help servicers monitor and identify possible problems remotely so diagnostics and adjustments can be made from anywhere. More than 100 pool and spa conditions, parameters and settings can be monitored, controlled and acted on from...

  • Pentair Acquires $20 Million Company

    by Mandy Acre April 2012

    Pentair logoThis month Pentair Water Pool and Spa announced its acquisition of Sibrape Indústria E Comércio de Artigos Para lazer Ltda. and its subsidiary Hidrovachek Ltda.

    “This acquisition strengthens our position in Latin America, one of our key fast growth markets,” said Pentair Aquatic Systems President Karl Frykman. “Sibrape is a 25-year-old...