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  • Spec Chem Direct Expands to Larger Facility

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    Spec Chem Direct, a specialty chemical manufacturer that sells exclusively direct to brick & mortar dealers and service professionals, continues to growth at a rapid pace and has just moved into a new 15,000 square foot facility to accommodate its growth. This marks the third move for the Seattle-based manufacturing company.

    "The goal is to outgrow this place as soon as we can,” says president Nick Scappini.

    Spec Chem...

  • From Pools to Schools

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    The pool and spa industry isn't always considered a crucible of business thought, but perhaps it ought to be. Many fine entrepreneurs have sprung from the ranks of pool and spa companies, and they have much to teach the coming generations about making it in a free enterprise system.

    To that end, Stewart Vernon, founder and CEO of America's Swimming Pool Company, has offered his experience building a successful service chain to students at the Stetson School of Business and Economics...

  • APSP/NSPF Merger: What Happened?

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    As the industry digested the news this week that there will be no structural unification of APSP and NSPF, several questions have emerged. Among them — Why were the two boards unable to reach goals set forth in April, 2016, despite significant motivations? Where does the matter stand at present? What are the prospects going forward?

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  • Haviland Taps Joe Lusky for Sales

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    Haviland Pool & Spa Products, makers of seven unique pool and spa chemical lines including ProTeam, SpaPure and Salt Support, is pleased to announce the hiring of Joe Lusky to the position of regional sales account manager for the company. Lusky is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in everything from sales and service to distribution. In his new role, Lusky will be responsible for managing Haviland’s Central/Mountain distribution network as well as supplying...

  • Tara Manufacturing Named POOLCORP Vendor of the Year

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    Tara Manufacturing, a leader in vinyl pool liners and pool safety covers has been named the POOLCORP Vendor of the Year for 2016.

    The award honors the vendor that demonstrates superior operational performance and profitability. POOLCORP, the worlds largest distributor of pool products, has more than 800 active...

  • RB Control Systems Announces New Team Members

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    RB Retail & Service Solutions, the leading provider of retail point-of-sale software for the pool and spa industry through the RB Control Systems software, announces recent additions to the company’s team to meet the needs of their growing workforce and expanding...

  • Catalina Spas Purchased by TN Company

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    LPI, a Tennessee-based manufacturer of acrylic hot tubs and tanning beds, announced last week that it acquired Catalina Spas, currently located in Perris, Calif. The purchase is part of LPI’s strategic plan to open new channels of distribution and tap into a new customer base by offering a high-end spa brand, the company says.

    "Boyd Cargill has done an amazing job of innovating the spa industry since 1977, and building and managing a leading quality consumer brand,” says David...

  • Courage in the Great Flood

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    Around 3 a.m. on August 13, Tara Manufacturing driver Arthur Murray left his motel room in Kentwood, La., and drove into the darkness of a torrential rainstorm. Murray had only been working for Tara for three months but had already earned a reputation as a hard and dependable worker — in fact, he was starting early because he wanted to be on time in spite of the stormy weather. When he walked to his truck, the water in the parking lot was already ankle deep.

    Traveling down...

  • Marquis Donates Six Hot Tubs to Make-A-Wish

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    During the last week of September, Marquis donated six of its Wish model hot tubs in six days to Make-A-Wish chapters across America to help make dreams come true for children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

    The gift was the result of Marquis' "Spirit of a Wish" promotion from this past April; for every three Aquatic Training Vessels purchased that month, Marquis promised to donate one Wish tub. With consumer support from all over the U.S., 19 ATVs were sold, resulting...

  • Pleatco Crowns 2016 Perfect Pool Guy, Gal Winners

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    Pleatco, along with co-sponsors Genesis and the National Swimming Pool Foundation, has officially announced the winners of the 2016 Perfect Pool Guy and Gal Search: Cory Eagles (Moncton, N.B., Canada) and Jennifer Del Vaglio (Southold, N.Y.).

    Eagles is from Moncton, N.B., Canada, and owns Eagles Pool Services. “Cory not only has a heart of gold, he has the work ethic of steel! Cory is celebrating the 10th anniversary of opening his own business and his success in Canada is due in...