In The News: April 2009

Balboa Finalizes Purchase Of HydroAir

Balboa Water Group has announced the finalization of its purchase of HydroAir spa and whirlpool products from ITT.

"We are excited to be the new owners of a superb long-time supplier to the whirlpool bath and spa industry," says Bob Spillar, Balboa's vice president of marketing. "With the addition of the HydroAir brand to our portfolio, our customers now have access to a broad range of globally recognized products to choose from that meet their business needs."

Spillar says the company's fundamental commitment to the industry has been to provide a "single source solution" to customers, including the highest-quality pumps, blowers, electronic control systems and jets.

Balboa Water Group's family of products includes HydroAir and HydroAir International, G/G Industries, Pentair's Spa & Bath division and Balboa Instruments.

Gear Up For National Water Safety Month

May is National Water Safety Month, and the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation & Park Association and the World Waterpark Association have joined forces to bring safe, enjoyable aquatic activities to the American public.

National Water Safety Month will be celebrated through educational programs, public service announcements, governmental proclamations, dealer and business promotions, and the distribution of water-safety-themed literature designed to raise awareness about drowning and water-related illness and injuries.

"The safe use of pools, spas and other recreational water facilities is a priority to everyone," says Bill Weber, president and CEO of the APSP, "from companies that build and service pools, to facility management, to parents and individuals who enjoy the benefits of aquatic activities.

"The combined efforts of the three sponsoring organizations, along with the assistance from other agencies, will serve to focus attention on the importance of water safety to all stakeholders with residual value that will extend well beyond National Water Safety Month."

Consumer and business-related information regarding National Water Safety Month can be found at, or

Scholarship Winners Announced

Taylor Technologies, a long-time supporter of the Florida Environmental Health Association's education initiatives, recently offered CPO scholarships to 10 members.

The scholarship winners are: Lauren Broom, Adele Girmendonk, Patrick Higgins, Alan Johnson, Serina Jones, Deborah Kirchenberg, Jill Love, Seyed Javad Marashi, Mario Mendez and Tasneem Fatima Wolfe.

Tropical Aquatics, supported by the National Swimming Pool Foundation, will provide their CPO training. Each scholarship covers the cost of the two-day course, the CPO exam fee and a professional-grade Taylor test kit.

Builders Earn Recognition

The Society of Watershape Designers recently honored three companies with the Awards of Distinction. This is the first time the society has bestowed this honor.

Aquatic Consultants, Miami; Liquid Design, Cherry Hill, N.J.; and Tumber & Associates, Orangeville, Canada, received their award after being judged by a panel of five industry experts on architectural theory, structural engineering, landscape architecture, use of quality materials, customer satisfaction, appearance and functionality.

To learn more about the Society of Watershape Designers and its certification, visit

Evosus Expands Operations

Evosus, the makers of Evosus Business Management Software, a program designed for the pool and spa industry, has expanded its operations to Australia, Canada and the Cayman Islands.

For the past five years, Evosus has focused on the pool and spa market to create a business management software program that includes everything from point-of-sale, inventory management, order entry, accounting, payroll, and complete marketing, and meets the needs of retailers, builders and service professionals.

"Our goal has always been to integrate and streamline operations to reduce costs, boost productivity and increase sales, and our growth into international markets shows our system works," says Patrick Gagnon, vice president of operations.

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