Texas Builder Pulliam Pools Turns 90

Pulliam Pools of Forth Worth, Texas, recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. The festivities were held at the corporate office, where Pulliam presented a check for $2,000 to Safe Kids Tarrant County from fund-raising activities during the year. Debra Smith, vice president/general manager, also presented a check for $2,500 to Texas Pythian Home, a residence for children who cannot live with their parents due to unfortunate circumstances. Barry Pulliam, third-generation owner, said he is “proud to continue my family’s legacy.” Pulliam is a Pool & Spa News Top Builder.

FSPA Participates in Healthy Kids Day

Ten chapters of the Florida Swimming Pool Association participated in the 15th Annual Healthy Kids and Families with the YMCA on April 8. The free event featured activities promoting healthy kids in spirit, mind and body. The chapters also promoted the new Designated Pool Watcher Badge, which represents FSPA’s position on safety. The goal of the badge is to impress upon its wearer, known as the Designated Pool Watcher, his or her responsibility to keep the pool area safe. Shown: Safety spokesfish Goldie with friend at the Healthy Kids Day.

Cal Spas Undergoes Major Expansion

Cal Spas has opened a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that nearly doubles its existing plant space to 1 million square feet — and added 600 jobs to bring its total workforce to 1,200. The manufacturer of home-resort products had considered other locations, but decided to stay in Pomona. “While we are committed to growing Cal Spas, and to contributing to the growth of the city of Pomona, we also take great pride in our contribution to the governor’s economic vision for the state of California,” said Casey Loyd, company president. The firm is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Its products include spas, gazebos, barbecue grill islands, saunas and billiard tables.

Inter-Fab Leads Charity Race

For the second consecutive year, Inter-Fab Inc., a Tucson, Ariz.-based pool accessories manufacturer, topped the corporate sponsorship list for El Tour de Tucson. The firm raised more than $20,000 — a 60 percent increase over last year — for Tu Nidito, a not-for-profit organization that provides services for children and families facing serious illnesses or death. The 2006 Inter-Fab cycling team consisted of more than 40 employees, vendors and sales reps from around the nation. Steve Fermanich, the company’s production manager, placed 74th out of 4,017 riders who competed in the 109-mile race, just 1 minute and 13 seconds behind the first-place winner.

Two Fiberoptic Firms Report Losses

Fiberoptic manufacturers Fiberstars Inc. and Super Vision International Inc. both reported widening losses in their financial filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Fiberstars’ 2005 fourth-quarter loss widened significantly from a year ago after the company booked a restructuring charge. The Solon, Ohio, firm lost $3.5 million in the quarter ended March 31, down from a year-earlier loss of $341,000. By the end of 2005, the company had spent $3.1 million on restructuring and a corporate move. Meanwhile, Orlando, Fla.-based Super Vision disclosed that it will restate its loss for fiscal 2004, and also the net incomes and losses for the first, second

and third quarters of 2005. The restatements reflect corrections to an error in overhead rates as well as the capitalization of costs previously unreported. Both companies make fiberoptic lighting systems for pool and spa applications.