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Manufacturer Timeline

Manufacturer Timeline

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    AquaChek® brand was born with the invention of the first pool and spa test strip.

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    AQUABOT:Aqua Products, the American manufacturer of the first compact self-contained robotic swimming pool cleaners is established and launches what becomes the world’s #1 selling robotic cleaner brand.

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    AQUABOT TURBO T2:Aqua Products introduces the next generation of robotic cleaners with its elite line of Aquabot Turbo T-Class models that clean pools in as little as 1 hour.

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    AQUABOT TURBO T-JET:The revolutionary robotic “Jet” technology expands to in ground pools with proven highest reliability and energy efficiency, and can even help cure new plaster automatically.

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    Summer 2011: 15,000,000 bags later and we still want you to pay attention. Thank You!

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    Speck Pumps produced the world’s first functioning,corrosion-resistant all-plastic pool pump,the BADU® 19.

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    Speck Pumps produced the world’s first SwimJet System, the Badu®Jet.

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    Ron Barnes, founder of Prozone, develops the first VUV ozone generator for pools and spas. Since then Prozone has shipped more than 1.3 million systems and Barnes continues to innovate the industry with Hybrid Ozone Generators, Advanced Oxidation systems, Dynamic Venturi Injectors and Counterflow Contacting systems and has been awarded over 28 patents and 200 patent claims.

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    Beadcrete USA established 2000.The Only Patented Glass Bead Pool Finish.Experience the Brilliant Color and Stunning Surface.

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    Bel-Aqua had already been in existence for 6 years and had relocated to New Rochelle, NY.

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    Both Martin Silver and Susan Wisan join their parents, the owners of Bel-Aqua Pool Supply to grow this company.

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    A third generation of family joins Bel-Aqua. Mark Warshaw and Scott Silver bring their individual talents to help Bel-Aqua become a success.

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    Bel-Aqua celebrates 50 years of success. Bel-Aqua moved to a new warehouse with 90,000 square feet to better serve customers delivering to much of the NY, NJ, CT Tri State area.

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    Bel-Aqua continues to increase its area of coverage by delivering into the Northeast region including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire.

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    Blue-White Industries has been manufacturing quality, cost efficient peristaltic-type and diaphragm-type chlorinators, flowmeters and accessories since 1957. Brand names include FLEXFLO, CHEM-FEED, and BW DIGI-METER.

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    MagnaLatch®, the world’s number one selling pool gate latch, was invented in Australia by D and D Technologies’ co-founder David Doyle. Today the MagnaLatch can be found on millions of pool gates worldwide. MagnaLatch is self-latching and the permanent magnet technology ensures there is no resistance to closure.

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    A. O. Smith introduced Century® E-Plus® motors as the first energy efficient motor line built for swimming pool and spa markets and set the benchmark for energy conservation that continues today.

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    Coast Spas Begins!Don Elkington founds Coast Spas with a vision to build a superior hot tub, and starts to manufacture the “World’ Best Built Spas”.

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    Coast Spas Obtains Prestigious ISO StandardCoast Spas becomes the first hot tub manufacturer in Canada to receive ISO 9001-2008 - Quality Management Standards recognition.

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    Coast Spas Patents Negative Edge Spa!Coast Spas receives patent to exclusively build the world’s only Negative Edge Spas, a feature found in the luxurious Cascade Series from Coast Spas.

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    Watkins Manufacturing acquires Caldera Spas, a brand known for Pure Comfort, Performance and Style.

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    Caldera Spas establishes one of today’s oldest and most trusted spa brands.

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    A. O. Smith Introduced Century® “switch-less” motors, which were the first PSC motors built for the North American swimming pool and spa markets, helping eliminate switch problems.

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    Bringing mobile technology poolside, Evosus Mobile Service was introduced for pool and spa technicians.

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    Providing innovative business software solutions to the Pool and Spa industry since 2001.

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    Filbur Manufacturing enters the spa filter cartridge market, with Watkins as its first customer.

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    Fix-A-LeakSpecializing in Leak Repair Since 1980. For Pools, Spas and Hot-Tubs.

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    President Gerald Ford commissions the first swimming pool for the White House.

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    Garrett Liners is the longest established vinyl swimming pool liner manufacturer in the world. They attribute their longevity to customer service and providing the very highest quality liners and covers.

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    GLI Pool Products was founded in 2006 with a distinct advantage. The company’s owners, managers and work force had hundreds of years of combined experience in the swimming pool industry. Since GLI’s inception they have been committed to delivering the highest quality pool products with speed and precision. In particular, GLI will ship CUSTOM Inground Vinyl Liners and Safety Covers in 72 hours or less… Guaranteed!

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    Steve Hammock, named President of Watkins Manufacturing, positions the company for 21st century growth.

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    Watkins Manufacturing, founded by Jeff and Jon Watkins, introduces first Hot Spring® Spa.

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    Pentair Water Pool and Spa introduces variable speed pump technology to the industry, the single largest energy-saving product in swimming pool history. New SVRS and variable flow models are introduced shortly thereafter, years ahead of any other pump manufacturer.

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    The Independent Serviceman’s Association is founded and later named IPSSA, it was created by service technicians to help each other in time of need.

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    Pacific Pools evolves into Latham International as they flourished through acquisitions and strengthened their leadership position in the industry. Latham International has become recognized throughout the world as the largest manufacturer of swimming pool components and pool accessories.

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    Marketing World introduces Original “GIZZMO”.

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    Marketing World Authorized Distributor of Permanon introduces PermaCoatings.com.

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    Master Pools Guild® formed.

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    Meissner Mfg. Co. Inc. starts up with pool filter bags.

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    Proudly serving the Surface Applicator and Manufacturing Industry for over 23 years.

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    NSPI changes name from National Swimming Pool Institute to National Spa and Pool Institute.

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    PacFab Inc. becomes Pentair Pool Products Inc., making its first significant splash in the pool industry. The highly popular Purex-Triton, Compool, Rainbow Products, and Kreepy Krauly brands are combined under the newly formed Pentair Pool Products name.

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    Merril Laven founds Pacific Pools selling home improvement products and vinyl-lined wood-wall pools. Since 1956, Pacific Pools has grown to become a leading manufacturer of inground packaged pool components.

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    November of 2006, Howard Smith and John Antretter acquired Pleatco, the pool filter cartridge manufacturer located in Glen Cove, NY.Today Pleatco uses nothing but the best raw materials to produce Premium Pool and Spa Filter Cartridges as well as Premium DE Filter Grids.

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    Poolmaster® has been offering best-in-class pool and spa products with an unwavering commitment to quality, service, and reliability for over 50 years. We offer functional and recreational products across six different product lines – Accessories, Inflatables, Floats, Maintenance, Swim and Dive, and Toys and Games.

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    POOLROVER:Aqua Products launches the revolutionary single motor hydraulic “Jet” propelled Aquabot Pool Rover robot for aboveground pools, eliminating the cost and complexity of traditional “Bots”.

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    Premium Leisure debuts the first of more than a dozen ultra-modern, curvilinear designs with the launch of the Leisure’s Edge hot tub collection — forever changing the face of historically square, boxy spas.

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    Roman Fountains established in Southern California.

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    Speck Pumps celebrated its 25th year in the USA.

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    Daniel Speck founded Speck Pumpsin Nurnberg, Germany.

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    Arlene Stachel becomes first female president of NSPI

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    Pentair Water Pool and Spa acquires Sta-Rite Inc., adding a rich tradition of manufacturing and engineering excellence to Pentair's portfolio and product breadth to the Sta-Rite line. The acquisition brings together two of the biggest brands in pool equipment under manufacturing.

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    AquaChek® introduces TruTest® Handheld Meter for digital pool and spa water testing.

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    Meissner Mfg. Co. Inc. introduces Unicel— your single source for replacement filter elements.

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    Watkins joins the MASCO Fortune 500 family of companies.

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A. O. Smith introduced two new groundbreaking energy efficient platforms: 2Green high efficiency two-speed motor with integrated timer and V-Green, variable speed ECM.

Pool & Spa News thanks all of the manufacturers that participated in this sponsored timeline.