• 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...

  • RicoRock Purchases Waterfall Creations

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    RicoRock, makers of innovative, cast concrete rock for waterfall applications, is pleased to announce it has purchased the assets of Waterfall Creations in Florida and is excited to integrate its products into the RicoRock family.

    “We have always admired the ready-made waterfall designs and how they are designed to be attractive but also comfortable for children to sit and play in the waterfall,” says Bruce Riley,...

  • Evosus Employees Become 'Warriors' to Support St. Jude Children's Hospital

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    Evosus Business Management Software sent a team of employees to jump, hurdle, climb and run through mud, with sweat and tears (both of pain and laughter) during the 2016 Warrior Dash in Sherwood, Ore., last month.

    The Warrior Dash is the world's largest running obstacle race and raises money for St. Jude Children's Hospital. The event includes 3.12 miles over 12...

  • Zodiac Sold to International Firm

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    This morning, Rhône, a global asset management firm, announced it has acquired Zodiac Pool Solutions SAS and its global residential pool and spa business, from the Carlyle Group. The acquisition includes Zodiac's family of premium brands and all 1,300 employees worldwide. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The transaction, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close promptly.

    The acquisition will include the Zodiac leadership team and its high-profile...

  • LaMotte Hires Blithe Sales

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    LaMotte Company Pool and Spa Water Testing Products is pleased to announce it has appointed Blithe Sales Company to service accounts throughout the northeast.

    LaMotte is a manufacturer of analysis equipment for water and soil and has been demonstrating innovative analytical solutions for almost 100 years. The company, known for its Insta-TEST Strips, DataMate Web and on-site digital testing, among other products, has recently gained substantial growth in the pool and spa...

  • Intermatic Announces New VP Hire

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    Intermatic Incorporated, a leader in energy management solutions, announces Oscar Ibarra has joined the company as vice president, global sales.

    Ibarra’s hire is another demonstration of Intermatic’s ongoing commitment to growth and exceeding the expectations of specifiers, distributors and contractors in the US and the global marketplace.

    Ibarra joins Intermatic with a strong background in the electrical and lighting controls industry, especially in the growth of...

  • Water Tech Hires Newhouse as National Sales Manager

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    Marchal DePasquale, corporate VP of Water Tech Corp, is pleased to announce the appointment of Colleen Newhouse as national sales manager for its pool and spa division.

    Newhouse’s background includes retail, distribution and manufacturing; most recently she served as national sales manager for SmartPool LLC.

    “We are excited to have Colleen join our team and believe she will be a tremendous asset for us. She’s a successful veteran with over 20 years’ experience in our...