There was no shortage of industry news during the busy season this year, with some of the biggest headlines involving legal issues.
Just before July 4, Hayward Industries, announced that it reached a settlement with plaintiffs in a national class action lawsuit, pending court approval. The Elizabeth, N.J. company, along with Covington, La.-based mega-distributor PoolCorp, Pentair Aquatic Systems of Sanford, N.C., and Zodiac Pool Systems of Vista, Calif., were accused of violating the Sherman Antitrust Act.
In August, Keith Stuart of Nationwide Pools in Pompano Beach, Fla., was sentenced to 30 months’ probation, 500 hours of community service and restitution of $8,000 . he pled no contest to grand theft.
On a more positive note, with the improving economy, several organizations issued major business announcements. Pennsylvania retailer Valley Pool & Spa opened new locations; America’s Swimming Pool Co., a Macon, Ga.-based service firm, opened franchises in two new states; and PoolCorp purchased a majority interest in an Australian company, giving the distributor new entry into that market.
Here's a look at the top 10 articles Pool & Spa News readers clicked on since Memorial Day.
1. Manufacturer Settles in Anti-Trust Case
2. No Jail Time for Fla. Pool Builder
3. Introducing the 2014 Masters of Design
4. Premier Changes Business Model
5. Pittsburgh Retailer Adds Two Stores
6. Former Paddock Owner Opens New Store
7. ASP Makes Inroads In New State
9. Updated: Zodiac Owner Restructures Debt