February 12 2010 Table of Contents

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Take a Stand Editor's Note Take a Stand

One of our cover stories this issue concerns the national health care bill’s adverse effect on small businesses in the construction industry. Read more

No End In Sight Licensing No End In Sight

George Oliveira says he loses anywhere from 50 to 100 jobs a year to unlicensed contractors Read more

View From Texas Licensing View From Texas

Aside from some electrical work, you don’t have to be licensed to build or service a swimming pool or spa in Texas Read more

Aquatech Launches New Initiatives Industry News Aquatech Launches New Initiatives

New benefits and new board members were unveiled at the Aquatech Society’ s annual conference, held Jan. 13-17 in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Read more

Pool/Spa Equipment Maker Expands Into Brazil Industry News Pool/Spa Equipment Maker Expands Into Brazil

Approximately 40,000 new pools were built in Brazil last year, and Pentair is in hot pursuit of that market. Read more

Robotic Pool Cleaner Firm Taps New Leader Industry News Robotic Pool Cleaner Firm Taps New Leader

Maytronics US of Norcross, Ga., has a new president/CEO. Read more

In Remembrance: Fulmer Spearheaded R&D, Education Industry News In Remembrance: Fulmer Spearheaded R&D, Education

Pool equipment inventor and industry veteran Paul Fulmer died Jan. 11 of mesothelioma. He was 69. Read more

Industry Takes Aim at Controversial Health Care Provision Industry News Industry Takes Aim at Controversial Health Care Provision

Pool industry advocates are waging a pitched battle in Washington to remove a controversial addition to the Senate version of the national health care legislation Read more

Manufacturer Emerging From Chapter 11 Industry News Manufacturer Emerging From Chapter 11

One of North America’s largest manufacturers of pool components has emerged from bankruptcy Read more

NPIRC to Expand Capabilities Research NPIRC to Expand Capabilities

The National Pool Industry Research Center is expanding its facility to broaden the testing it can offer. Read more

The Difference in Testing Technically Speaking The Difference in Testing

Electronic testing devices for water analysis seem to be everywhere these days. Read more

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