In The News: July 2009

APSP-Supported Legislation Narrowly Fails In Texas Legislature

An APSP-supported bill that would add Texas to the growing list of states following the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act and the ANSI/APSP-7 Standard on Suction Entrapment Avoidance recently failed by a one-vote margin in a House committee of the Texas legislature.

The bill, Texas SB 96 relating to swimming pool safety, originally required SVRS or similar devices on all new pools - even pools with unblockable drains - putting it at odds with ANSI/APSP-7 standards and the VGB Act.

APSP worked successfully with the bill's sponsor, Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Senate District 26-San Antonio, to amend the bill to be consistent with the VGB Act and ANSI/APSP-7. However, House committee members had concerns over the barrier language and repair/remodel retrofit requirements contained in the bill.

The 2009 Texas legislative session concluded on June 1 and Texas lawmakers will not meet again for a regular session until the January 2010 legislative session.

APSP will be working with counties and municipalities in Texas for their adoption of the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC), which incorporates ANSI/APSP-7.

LOOP-LOC Launches Interactive Web Site

LOOP-LOC Ltd. recently launched a new customer-focused interactive Web site. The site features all of the company's products with interactive photo galleries, downloadable rebates, and safety and informational videos.

The site also has two video sections - Real Stories and Love, LOOP-LOC - where consumers and dealers can upload videos of their own personal LOOP-LOC experiences.

A revamped Dealer Center allows dealers to create and manage orders, place stock cover orders, obtain marketing materials and download software, in addition to accessing installation guides, sales tools and direct technical support.

IAPMO R&T Lab Offers CEC Testing

IAPMO R&T Lab can now test for the California Energy Commission 2007 Appliance Efficiency Regulations.

In accordance with California Code of Regulations, Title 20 sections 1601-1608, appliances that are sold or offered for sale in California shall comply with CEC 2007 Appliance Efficiency Regulations.

IAPMO R&T Lab is now able to conduct testing on residential pool pumps and portable electric spas for compliance to CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(3) and CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Section 1604(g)(2), respectively.

"These new testing capabilities are just another example of how IAPMO R&T Lab continues to expand its reach and our ability to serve clients as a one-stop shop for all of their product testing needs," said Ken Wijaya, senior director.

Pool Covers Inc. Purchases Be-Lite

Pool Covers Inc., of Fairfield, Calif., has acquired all of the assets to Be-Lite aluminum spa covers.

"We have been working very hard to strengthen our company, and the acquisition of Be-Lite aluminum spa covers is a natural fit," say Claire King, president. "We believe we will be a much stronger company and compete more effectively in and across our collective markets."

The product will be marketed as Be-Lite Aluminum Spa Covers by Pool Covers.

For more information, call 707/864-8919 or e-mail [email protected].

Premium Leisure Acquires Spa Assets

Premium Leisure announced it has acquired a substantial portion of the assets and intellectual property of Living Water Products/Tatum Manufacturing, Tampa, Fla., via a purchase agreement with Jack Layfield of Sunrise Spas, Grimsby, Ontario.

Premium Leisure purchased the operating assets that produced Gulf Coast Spas, Pilates H2O Spas, Cool Nights Spas and Garden Leisure Lustre Series Spas.

The company will manufacture the former Gulf Coast line under a new, proprietary brand name and keep the Pilates H2O brand that was distributed through Costco Wholesale for the past three years.

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