• PSP Expo Names Best New and Best Green Products

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    More than 45 products were on display in the New Product Innovation Zone at Orlando’s PSP Expo — but only two won honors as the Best New Product and Best Green Product.

    This year, Pentair won the Best New Product title with its UltraTemp ETi Heater. This heater is the first to combine gas + heat pump in a single heater....

  • Zodiac and Fluidra Announce Merger

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    Two of the biggest companies in the pool and spa industry, Fluidra and Zodiac Pool Solutions, have agreed to merge. The merger is expected to close in the first half of 2018.

    Fluidra, a Spanish multinational corporation serving the residential and commercial pool and wellness sector, will maintain global headquarters in Barcelona. North American headquarters will remain in Vista (San Diego), California. Fluidra Executive President Eloi Planes will serve as executive chairman of its...

  • Sponsored Video: FROG @ease

    by King Technology October 2017

    Earning money through repeat sales from happy customers just got a lot easier. So easy we call it @ease. The latest product from FROG sanitizes hot tubs by creating Fresh Mineral Water that’s cleaner, clearer, softer and easier to take care of thanks to SmartChlor Technology, which self-regulates to reduce chlorine use up to 75 percent and shocking to only once a month. The best part — @ease replacements are 3X more profitable than dichlor, so your aftermarket business will increase...

  • Pleatco Crowns the 2017 Perfect Pool Guy, Gal

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Pleatco, along with longtime co-sponsors Genesis and the National Swimming Pool Foundation, announce the winners of the 2017 Perfect Pool Guy and Gal Search: Paul Oliver of Patriot Pool and Spa (Austin, Texas) and Roberta Prygon of The Pool & Spa Place (North Cranbury, N.J.).

    “When we made the calls to Paul’s references in the final judging stage,...

  • Zodiac Acquires Grand Effects

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Zodiac Pool Systems has acquired California-based Grand Effects and its portfolio of custom outdoor fire and water combination features for pools and spas.

    The acquisition is the latest in a series of strategic acquisitions by Zodiac...

  • CMP Acquires DEL Ozone

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    Custom Molded Products is broadening its product portfolio by acquiring DEL Ozone, a move that pushes CMP into the ozone and UV categories.

    According to a statement released by CMP, the acquisition will allow CMP — which specializes in spa jets, water features, LED products, VGB drains and more — to leverage combined resources for a broader, more innovative product selection and better customer service.

    “This will be a great benefit for both CMP and DEL Ozone customers,”...

  • Former Jandy CEO Authors Family Biography

    by Eric Herman September 2017

    This past summer I had the privilege of editing a book about one of the industry’s true pioneers. It’s called “Fathers of Invention: An American Story of Faith, Family and Innovation” by Andrew A. Pansini, former CEO of Jandy. 

    The story focuses mostly on Pansini’s dad, Andrew L....

  • Industry Pro Dies in Barcelona Attack

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    The pool and spa industry lost one of its own last week. Jared Tucker, son of Chlorine Genie inventor Dan Tucker, was killed in the terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain; he was the sole American to perish.

    Jared was active in the pool and spa industry his whole life, working alongside his dad at Chlorine Genie and Fiberglass Pool Resurfacing. He was in Barcelona with his wife, Heidi, celebrating their first wedding anniversary with a trip to Italy, France and Spain.

    After a...

  • Ledge Lounger Ranks on the 2017 Inc. 5000

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    Ledge Lounger has been ranked No. 420 on the 36th annual Inc. 5000, a prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful independent companies in America, and has in the past included internationally known companies like Microsoft, Under Armour, Zappos, LinkedIn and more.

    The average company on the list achieved a three-year average growth of 481 percent. Ledge Lounger’s three-year sales growth was an...

  • Pleatco Taps New VP

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    Pleatco is pleased to announce and welcome Scott Gleason as its new vice president of business development. Gleason brings a great deal of pool and spa industry experience to the job, including 16 years as national sales manager for Unicel.

    “We are very excited to welcome Scott to Pleatco,” says Howard Smith, CEO. “Not only will he bring a wealth of experience to our sales team, but also be a great ambassador for our brand as we concentrate our expansion both domestically and...