In The News: November 2007

Cardinal Systems Purchases Modern Pool Systems

Cardinal Systems, Schuylkill Haven, Pa., recently acquired Modern Pool Systems, Columbus, Miss. "With our acquisition of Modern Pool Systems, we are continuing to expand our offerings to the in-ground vinyl market," says Skip Bradley, Cardinal CEO. "We see this purchase as the next logical step in our efforts to bring the highest quality products to our customers."

According to Cardinal Systems, a few operational changes will occur. Manufacturing operations will now take place in Pennsylvania; however, Modern Pool Systems products will continue to be branded under that name. Also, all products will be sold through the wholesale and distribution markets.

Frank Wall, the founder and president of Modern Pool Systems, has been appointed director of sales for the company. He will continue to develop new products, as well as work with wholesale distribution personnel and pool builders throughout the country. "You know, when you start a small company, you want to make a great product and do a good job for your customer," says Wall. "Now to have a chance to leverage the scale and relationships of such a great company like Cardinal, I am really looking forward to the job we will be able to do together for all of our customers."

2008 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo Announced

Hanley Wood Exhibitions recently announced the integration of the International Pool and Spa Expo, Backyard Living Expo and the AQUA Show. The new show - the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo - will debut in November 2008 in Las Vegas.

According to Hanley Wood, the new show combines the strengths of all three shows to create the most comprehensive, informative and business-building event in the industry.

"We're excited to bring these three events together," says Donna Bellantone, director of the new expo. "We strongly believe that one unified event serves the best interest of attendees and exhibitors alike, streamlining the numerous show options into one event." Hanley Wood projects nearly 1,000 manufacturers and distributors will fill 3,000 booths. The expo will feature about 75 seminars addressing up-to-date industry issues and trends, organizers say. The expo will continue several AQUA Show favorites, including the keynote presentation, Welcome Party, Town Hall, New Product Pavilion, live workshops and product clinics.

The new expo will run Nov. 18-20, 2008, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. For more information, call 972/536-6350 or 888/869-8522.

Nexxus Lighting Completes Merger

Nexxus Lighting announced it has completed its merger with Advanced Systems Lighting. The newly merged company, Advanced Lighting Systems, will become a subsidiary of Nexxus Lighting and will operate out of the Sauk Centre, Minn., facility. Nexxus also announced its nonbinding letter of agreement with LightWild, Overland Park, Kan., has expired and will not be renewed.

"We look forward to integrating [Advanced Lighting Systems] as a Nexxus Lighting Company and executing our LED product development strategy for both the commercial and entertainment lighting markets," says Mike Bauer, president and CEO of Nexxus.

"Our overall strategy for growth in solid state lighting through, among other things, strategic acquisitions, is a fundamental part of our core business model, and we are continuing to selectively evaluate opportunities that could facilitate expansion of our product offering and penetration into new market segments."

Advanced Lighting Systems is focused on solid-state LED and fiberoptic lighting technology in the entertainment, commercial, architectural and OEM lighting markets.

ThermoSpas Expands Seasons Of Giving Program

In an effort to aid children who will benefit from warm water therapy, ThermoSpas announced the expansion of its Seasons of Giving program - it will give away one ThermoSpa hot tub a month throughout 2008. The 2008 recipients will receive a ThermoSpas Triton Elite hot tub, which features 46 jets for therapeutic massage, seating for up to six, and upper and lower back jets. The Triton also has ergonomic safety features recognized by the Arthritis Foundation with the "Ease of Use" commendation, ThermoSpas says.

"Our motto has always been 'We Turn Water Into Therapy,'" says Andrew Tournas, president of Thermo-Spas, "and our Seasons of Giving hot tub donation program really makes this saying a reality."

Past recipients of the hot tubs have been affected with illnesses such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, fibromyalgia and periventricular heterotopia. For more information about the Seasons of Giving program, or to apply or nominate a child for the program, visit The application deadline is Feb. 29, 2008.


  • GREAT AMERICAN MERCHANDISE & EVENTS recently landed a spot on the Inc. magazine's list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States.
  • The IAMPO and the Southern Nevada Water Authority announced plans in September to work together to develop and promote the WaterSmart Innovations Conference & Expo, to be held Oct. 8-10, 2008, in Las Vegas.
  • HALLMARK POOLS OF POWAY, near San Diego, has ceased operations. California's CSLB is investigating claims that the company left pools unfinished and contractors unpaid.
  • ADVANCED CONTROL LOGIX has launched a new Web site with a new address- - to highlight the company's chemical controllers and UV-sanitation systems.
  • AQUACAL AUTOPILOT, a manufacturer of heat pumps and salt chlorine generators, is joining forces with Mid America Sales to bring its products to customers in the Midwest.
  • JACK'S MAGIC announced the completion of a new 50,000-squarefoot production, distribution and administrative facility in Largo, Fla.
  • JACUZZI, has granted an exclusive license to Competition Pool Accessories to manufacture and market accessories under the Jacuzzi trademark.
  • The CARLYLE GROUP and the ZODIAC GROUP announced in September that they have combined the marine segment of Zodiac Group with Jandy Pool Products to create Zodiac Marine & Pool. Carlyle owns 60 percent of the new entity, Zodiac 27 percent, and the management team the remaining 4 percent.
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