• Tara Manufacturing's Ultimate Makeover Contest Now Open

    by Cailley Hammel June 2017

    For many pool builders, the hardest jobs aren’t new pool builds — they’re restoration projects. Best-case scenario: you’re simply resurfacing and adding new features. Worst-case scenario: You’re entirely gutting the backyard…and crossing your fingers that you don't run into any number of unexpected problems along the way.

    In honor of the challenges a backyard renovation can bring — as well as the reward of completely transforming a backyard — Tara Manufacturing created the

  • A Peach of a Project

    by AQUA Editors May 2017

    It's called PEACH (People Extending a Caring Hand), an annual charitable outreach project organized and sponsored by Lonza, the well-known chemical manufacturer based in Alpharetta, Ga.

    Now in its sixth year, the 2017 PEACH project...

  • Inter-Fab Taps John Phillip for Dealer Sales

    by AQUA Editors May 2017

    Inter-Fab announces it hired John Phillip to handle the sales of Inter-Fab products to pool and spa dealers across the US and Canada. Phillip has been tasked with providing outstanding vendor support to dealers who purchase and install Inter-Fab products to ensure dealer success and growth.

    “Our goal is to continue the growth of...

  • NC Brands Acquires New Technology

    by AQUA Editors May 2017

    NC Brands L.P. (manufacturer of Natural Chemistry, SeaKlear and Red Leopard) has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Aqualus, LLC. This acquisition follows NC Brands L.P.’s acquisition of the assets of Red Leopard LLC in October 2015 and HaloSource’s SeaKlear range in May 2016.

    Aqualus provides companies in the pool and spa industry with water-soluble pouches. These pouches are specifically designed to be compatible with the chemical filled inside the pouch.


  • Hot Tub Products Launches E-Commerce Service

    by Kathryn Howard May 2017

    Hot tub consumers don’t just shop online for low prices, they shop online because it’s convenient. But managing an e-commerce website is hard, especially for specialty retailers who may not have the resources to build such a website, let alone maintain inventory and fulfill orders.

    Enter E-Commerce Licensing, a new company designed to help hot tub retailers easily set up and maintain an e-commerce presence, which in...

  • Pentair Earns 2017 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award

    by AQUA Editors May 2017

    Pentair has been named a 2017 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Pentair’s accomplishments were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., in late April. Pentair has been an Energy Star partner since 2013.

    In order for pool pumps to earn the Energy Star certification, the pumps must...

  • S.R. Smith Expands Sales Force

    by AQUA Editors May 2017

    S.R. Smith named Justin Shadrach as regional manager of mid-America/mid-Atlantic. Prior to joining S.R. Smith, Shadrach spent ten years with PoolCorp in sales and sales center management positions. In his new role, Shadrach is responsible for a territory that includes Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia,...

  • Halco Lighting Hires Samir Shah as Vice President

    by AQUA Editors May 2017

    Halco Lighting Technologies, a provider of lamp, ballast and luminaire solutions, welcomes Samir Shah as Vice President/General Manager for J&J Electronics. Halco Lighting acquired J&J Electronics in November 2016.

    Reporting to President and CEO Kim Cook, Shah will be assuming leadership of the J&J business unit as Jim Rafferty, current acting President of J&J Electronics, transitions out of the business over the next several months.

    Shah joins Halco with...

  • J&J Electronics Announces New Sales Representative

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    J&J is pleased to announce the newest member of its team, Josh Randall. Randall, a native Texan, comes J&J with more than 15 years of experience in pool sales, service, installations and equipment troubleshooting.

    In his new role, Randall will help pool partners with their product needs. In particular, he looks forward to...

  • Dealers Give Back During Incentive Trip to Hawaii

    by AQUA Editors April 2017

    More than 330 travelers representing the Watkins Wellness family of brands traveled to Hawaii in February to celebrate their success and achievements over the past year.

    The trip was the finale of the 2016 Watkins Wellness Incentive Program, which rewards dealers who excel in the industry and reach their annual goals. This year, the trip sent dealers on an all-expense-paid trip to a “Pacific Paradise” at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, in Hawaii.

    In addition to...