Polyair Inter Pack Inc. has sold various assets of its
pool division — Cantar Pool Products of
Youngstown, Ohio — to the company’s
former president. Terms of the transaction were not
The Toronto-based parent company sold parts of the pool
accessories manufacturer to privately held GL
International, LLC, a firm created by Gary Crandall, former
Cantor president and 26-year company veteran, and Larry
Schwimmer, Swimline Corp. president.
Crandall and Schwimmer formed GLI as a vehicle to
acquire strategic targets in certain segments of the pool
industry. Crandall will become GLI’s
president/CEO, while Schwimmer will continue at the helm of
“Swimline will stay what it is, and I will
remain as president,” Schwimmer said.
“I’m more like a silent partner [in GLI]
even though everyone knows about me. I’ll be more
on the sidelines, consulting and adding financial
The newly formed GLI will do business under the name GLI
Pool Products and has retained the rights to the Cantar
brand name and all related cover and accessory
“We think there are a lot of legs left in the
pool industry with all the growth and
consolidation,” Crandall said. “It is
still on the cusp and competes well with other recreation
industries. These are products that appeal to the segment
of the market we feel has strong buyers, and it’s
one we want to be in.”
Polyair Inter Pack, which also has a packaging division,
has been trying to sell its pool division for some time. In
the wake of the sale to GLI, Polyair is entertaining
suitors for its Jacuzzi equipment division and Atlantic
aboveground pool division.
The Polyair packaging division will continue to
manufacture solar blankets and wall foam products, but GLI
will market and sell them.
“Polyair owns the bubble machines [to make
packing material], so they’re keeping the solar
blanket line,” Crandall said. “GLI will
do the sales and the warranties and order entries, and
Polyair will build and ship them.”
Both firms will remain in Youngstown. Polyair will carry
on at its current location, while GLI and its Cantar line
move to a new facility.
GLI officially began operations June 16 and plans to
boost its work force.
Youngstown officials are putting together an incentive
package for GLI to hire more employees and make a greater
investment in its new location, which was once an
insulation manufacturing plant.
“We are bringing new products to Youngstown
that have been spread out at the other Cantar
factories,” Crandall said. “We will be
increasing employment here and moving into the building by
the end of the year.”