Call for Spa Test Results Issued

The California Energy Commission, in conjunction with APSP’s IAF 6 Portable Spa Standard Committee, is working to make changes to the new energy-efficiency requirements for portable spas. The regulations went into effect Jan. 1. To find a more appropriate solution to Title 20, Section 1605.3, of the California Appliance Efficiency Regulations, the CEC is asking spa manufacturers to send recent portable spa test results to APSP’s Carvin DiGiovanni, who will act as a clearinghouse for the information and liaison to CEC. If the manufacturers can provide sufficient evidence of where and how their spas are failing because of discrepancies in the existing requirement, CEC said it is open to rethinking the standard’s formula for energy consumption. The formula is 5(V2/3). Test information submitted will be kept confidential and reported to CEC with strict anonymity. For more info, send e-mails to

Fort Wayne Pools Announces Awards

Fort Wayne Pools of Fort Wayne, Ind., has announced the winners of its 2006 Dealers’ Choice Awards. The program recognizes outstanding installations of the company’s vinyl-liner pools. Honorees were chosen by the manufacturer’s dealers and the winners were named at the annual Strong Support Dealer Seminar in Cancun, Mexico. First place, a trip to Walt Disney World, went to Jim Urzendowski of Classic Pool & Spa in Omaha, Neb. Second place went to Del Huff of Splash Pools in Travelers Rest, S.C., who won a Caribbean cruise. Ed Simon of B.Y. Pools & Spas in Poland, Ohio, won the third prize, a Las Vegas trip.

Arctic Spas Receives Awards

Blue Falls Manufacturing Ltd., the maker of Arctic Spas, Coyote Spas and Guild Billiards, won a 2005 Canada’s 50 Best-Managed Companies award, and also was named one of Alberta’s fastest- growing companies by Alberta Venture magazine. The 50 Best-Managed Companies award is a national honor that recognizes innovation, consistent growth and effective business practices. The program is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC Commercial Banking, National Post and Queen’s School of Business. For the fastest-growing list, this year Alberta Venture broke the list into two groups of 25 companies each: under $20 million in revenue, and over $20 million. Blue Falls Manufacturing was listed at No. 14 in the over $20 million group.

Beachcomber Honors Athletes

Keith Scott, founder of Beachcomber Hot Tubs, recently sent special congratulations to Canadian athletes for their performance in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy. Scott donated $73,000 in the name of Beachcomber to Canadian amateur athletes through the See You in Torino Fund. The hot tub manufacturer’s contributions were distributed to 10 Canadian athletes, three of whom were gold medalists: hockey players Colleen Sostorics and Charline Labonte, and skier Jennifer Heil, who won the gold for Freestyle Women’s Moguls. Beachcomber is based in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.