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    Thought Process

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

     
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    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.

     
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    Housing Starts Hit Record Lows

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

     
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    Small-Business Optimism Creeps Upward

    The Small-Business Optimism Index reading for September was 92.9, the second consecutive monthly increase.

     
  • 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

     
  • Las Vegas Expo Comes Up Aces

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

     
  • Hayward Buys CAT Controllers

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

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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    Line by Liner

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

     
  • Photo courtesy Concord Pools Ltd.

    State of the Market

    Custom builder Mike Giovanone isn’t worried.

     
  • Photo courtesy Vyn-All Pool Products

    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.

     
  • Photo courtesy Vyn-All Pool Products

    Removing Wrinkles

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

     
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    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.