Making a Splash on HGTV

HGTV is featuring pool and spa designs this spring in two episodes. The first aired April 9; the next one will appear Sunday, May 7, at 5 p.m. (Pacific time). The “Big Splash” special features four projects by The Green Scene, a Canoga Park, Calif., landscape design and construction firm. Company President Scott Cohen said the shows were shot late last year, and the special also will include work by other designers from around the nation.

Chlorine-Generator Ban Not Enforced

The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District of Los Angeles County is not enforcing its controversial ordinance restricting the use of chlorine generators, which convert salt into chlorine, according to SPEC. The language states that “saltwater pools” cannot be connected to local sewer systems. The ordinance was intended to help reduce the amount of chlorides sent into the sewer system. SPEC, the California pool and spa industry’s legislative advocate, will try to negotiate with the water district to remove the ordinance from the books.

Bullfrog International Signs Nine Retailers

Bullfrog International, LC, a portable spa manufacturer, has established eight retail locations in this country and one in Quebec, Canada, as exclusive independent dealers of its complete spa line. Among the U.S. locations are Knoxville, Tenn.; Deer Park, Ill.; and Charlotte, N.C. “We are excited that our brand is growing throughout the United States and Canada,” said David Ludlow, founder/CEO of the Salt Lake City-based company.

World Water Watch

  • AstralPool Expands Presence in Mexico
  • AstralPool recently announced the acquisition of Net Productos y Servicios SA de CV, a Mexican company that packages chemical products. The purchase expands and consolidates AstralPool’s presence in Mexico, adding four branches in the country. The firm already has one warehouse there. In addition, the acquisition adds 1,000 active clients to AstralPool’s portfolio, increasing its market share in Mexico to 7 percent. Barcelona, Spain-based AstralPool manufactures/distributes pool systems and equipment, operating more than 100 branches and offices in 30 countries.

  • South African Firm Plans Growth
  • APMI Holdings Ltd. of South Africa has announced an aggressive plan to grow the company through acquisitions. Currently, the firm is in negotiations to acquire several local pool technologies that are projected to add $9.8 million (USD) in annual sales. In addition, APMI plans to raise funds to introduce the technologies internationally. The company already has had success promoting its latest product, a pool management system named PoolCop, in Europe.

  • ServiceMagic Enters Canadian Market
  • ServiceMagic Inc., a provider of online marketing services for residential contractors and service

    professionals in the United States, announced that it is expanding its services to Canada. According to The Kelsey Group, a research and consulting firm, local searches

    will grow from approximately

    15 percent to 25 percent by 2010.

  • Jacuzzi Consolidates U.K. Plants
  • Jacuzzi Brands Inc. announced in March the consolidation and outsourcing of its ceramics production facility in Bradford, Britain, affecting 100 jobs there. The company said no service disruptions are expected, but the move will cost $3.1 million over the next three fiscal quarters. The U.K. factory specializes in shower enclosures and acrylic baths. Jacuzzi is a maker of hot tub and bath products based in West Palm Beach, Fla.

IAF Announces ANSI Standard Review

APSP’s International Aquatic Foundation has announced the beginning of the five-year ANSI review process for ANSI/NSPI-5 2003, American National Standard for Residential Inground Swimming Pools. The standard covers permanently installed, inground residential pools with water depths that exceed 24 inches or have a volume of more than 3,250 gallons. IAF is inviting participation in the voting process. Companies likely to be affected are residential pool builders and manufacturers, consultants, and state health and building code officials. Individuals interested in participating should contact Bernice Crenshaw of APSP by May 1 at 703-838-0083; or send e-mails to

Sundance, Jacuzzi Award Top Dealers

Sundance Spas and Jacuzzi Hot Tubs recently recognized their most successful dealers with a variety of performance awards. The honors were bestowed at a sales conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The President’s Award was given to Sundance Spas of Camarillo.

Coverstar Named Utah's Top Manufacturer

Coverstar Inc. has been named the 2005 Utah Manufacturer of the Year by the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Utah. Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert presented the award to Lanny Smith, Coverstar president, in late March. The honor is based on recent achievements in manufacturing efficiencies, company growth and innovative sales and marketing efforts. Coverstar makes automatic pool safety covers and is based in Lindon, Utah.

Hawkeye Allies With Pacific Sands

Hawkeye Manufacturing Inc. announced in March an alliance with Pacific Sands Inc. to distribute the EcoOne Spa Treatment System alongside its current line of portable spas. As part of the agreement, every Hawkeye and Barefoot spa shipped from the company’s Richmond, Va., headquarters will include an EcoOne Starter Kit. Hawkeye also will market the water-treatment system to its worldwide customer base. This is the first time Hawkeye has endorsed a major chemical brand. Racine, Wis.-based Pacific Sands manufactures nontoxic water-treatment solutions.

Essentials Moves, Expands

Essentials, a spa accessories distributor, has made two recent warehouse acquisitions to increase its storage and office space. In 2005, the company moved west and opened a warehouse in Southern California. More recently, its home base in Cumming, Ga., was moved to a larger location. The new corporate address is 5070 Wallace Drive, Cumming, GA 30041.

Global Heating Solutions Acquires Therm Core

Allegan, Mich.-based Global Heating Solutions Inc., the parent company of TruHeat SJB Inc. and Aquatemp Products Inc., has acquired a number of assets from Related Metal Fabrication Inc. of San Bernardino, Calif. The purchase includes all of Related Metal’s hot tub/spa and jetted bath heaters and heating assembly business, in addition to the trade name Therm Core. “This acquisition enhances our position in the spa/hot tub … markets and allows us global growth opportunities for our heating assemblies,” said Larry Nameche, president of TruHeat and Aquatemp. Therm Core heater operations will be consolidated with Aquatemp’s Torrance, Calif., facility. The merger will be completed by April 30. The new operations will be supported by Jim Jennings, vice president/general manager, and Ted Helgert, operations manager.

Girl Drowns in Spa Entrapment Incident

An 11-year-old girl drowned recently in an apartment spa after being trapped underwater. Shannon Rankin of Forster, New South Wales, Australia, was stuck against the drain for eight minutes while four men tried to pull her free. She was given CPR by paramedics, but was pronounced dead upon arrival at a hospital in Newcastle. Forster police told The Australian that the spa’s “suction pump” had caught Rankin’s torso, and that the vessel’s design, construction and operation would be an important part of the investigation.