December 2008 Table of Contents

Thought Process Thought Process

In today’s highly competitive business climate, creativity can no longer be limited to artists and inventors. Read more

Economic Indicators Index Drops

The Leading Economic Indicators Index came in at 101.2 in July, continuing the trend of decline it has seen since January. Read more

Housing Starts Hit Record Lows

Total housing starts continued to fall in September to a seasonally adjusted 817,000. Read more

Small-Business Optimism Creeps Upward Small-Business Optimism Creeps Upward

The Small-Business Optimism Index read-ing for September was 92.9, the second consecutive monthly increase Read more

Industry News CPSC Leaves VGB Act Questions Unanswered

With just a few days left before the deadline to comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has released a statement that offered no clear-cut answers on whether or not non-compliant pools must cl Read more

Industry News Las Vegas Expo Comes Up Aces

In spite of a down economy, the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo was an unqualified success. Read more

Industry News Hayward Buys CAT Controllers

In a continued, aggressive commitment toward company growth, Hayward Industries has announced its second acquisition in the past two months Read more

Industry News Acrylics Maker Lucite Purchased by Japanese Firm

British manufacturer Lucite International Group Ltd. recently was acquired by Japan’s Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd. for $1.6 billion. Read more

Industry News NESPA Drafting Model Energy Code

To address a spate of pending and anticipated energy legislation, the Northeast Spa & Pool Association is drafting a model code. Read more

Industry News Zodiac Charts New Direction

Vance Gillette, viewed by many as a visionary voice for the pool and spa industry, has decided to leave his full-time post at Zodiac Pool Systems Inc. Instead, he will act as a consultant for the firm. Read more

Line by Liner Quarterly Market Report: Package Pools Line by Liner

Package-pool builders and manufacturers are seeking to further blur the lines between vinyl-liner and concrete installations. Read more

State of the Market Quarterly Market Report: Package Pools State of the Market

Custom builder Mike Giovanone isn’t worried. Read more

A Wrinkle in Time Quarterly Market Report: Package Pools A Wrinkle in Time

With intricate and vibrant new liner patterns, today’s high-end vinyl pools boast colors and aesthetics on par with many gunite projects. Read more

Removing Wrinkles Quarterly Market Report: Package Pools Removing Wrinkles

Remove debris: Before the liner is even laid out, remove any loose debris from the pool floor. Read more

Consumer Confidence Takes Nosedive

After a small improvement in September, the Consumer Confidence Index fell dramatically to an all-time low reading of 38.0 in October. Read more

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