Business Briefs: March 2015

Natural Chemistry Announces Acquisition

Natural Chemistry has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Red Leopard, LLC. Red Leopard is a design, manufacturer and sales/marketing company in the pool and spa cleaner and accessory categories. The acquisition is expected to close in April.

Mark Munford, currently the chief operating officer and president of Natural Chemistry, will become the general partner and chief executive officer. Bob Kulperger, founder of Natural Chemistry, will serve as chairman of the board. Robin Ellis and Kate Thielscher, owners of Red Leopard, will join the Natural Chemistry team as chief technology officer and president/chief operating officer respectively. 

“I am delighted to hand over the reins to such a top-notch team," Kulperger says. "Mark Munford has been key to the success of Natural Chemistry, joining the company soon after it‘s formation and being one of the driving forces in its growth and success. Prior to Red Leopard, Kate Thielscher was President and CEO of Zodiac Pool Care, Inc., where she delivered many years of successful results. Robin Ellis has been responsible for the development of numerous leading pool products.” 

“We have built a highly successful customer focused company and this provides us the opportunity to accelerate our success,” Munford says. “We are confident the combined resources of Natural Chemistry and Red Leopard will ensure our future success." 

Screen Shot 2015 03 11 At 3 36 05 PmWatkins Welcomes Seymour Back to CompanyWatkins Manufacturing has hired Tom Seymour as its vice president of operations. Tom served previously at Watkins from 1990 to 1996 in various capacities, including materials manager, plant manager and vice president of manufacturing. Most recently, he worked for Owens Corning as director of operations, where he oversaw facilities in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Brazil.

“Tom’s extensive manufacturing experience and diverse background will be of tremendous value to our executive management team and in achieving World Class company stature,” says Steve Hammock, president of Watkins. “We are fortunate to have such a high-caliber talent with many achievements and accomplishments join our team.”

In his new role, Tom will be responsible for Hot Spring manufacturing operations in California and all plant operations in Mexico, as well as all import-export, supply chain, continuous improvement and quality assurance functions.  

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DeltaUV Announces Promotion Tillman to National Residential Sales Manager

DeltaUV is pleased to promote Dan Tillman to the position of national residential sales manager for the company. In his new role, Tillman is now responsible for all residential sales of UV products through distribution and manufacturing sales reps.

Tillman joined Delta UV in 2012 and worked for Delta UV as a regional sales manager with great success expanding the company’s sales. 

NSPF and Axial Fund Swim Lessons in Local Communities

Axial Corporation and a team of 41 Accu-Tab specialists have partnered with NSPF’s Step Into Swim Campaign to fund swim lessons in local communities. Axiall and NSPF will each donate $5,000 to support the program.

“There is a beautiful synergy when generosity helps our neighbors, connects local businesses with local customers and also builds demand for our products,” says Thomas Lachocki, CEO of NSPF. 

“We are excited to see how passionate our specialists are about supporting healthy activities of the people in their local communities through financial support of aquatic facilities," says Michael Hoops, general manager, Axiall Water Treatment Products. "Equipment and chemicals sold to these venues provide an ongoing livelihood to all of us in the Accu-Tab family. By giving back to our very patrons, we are completing a circle of enrichment." 

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Inter-Fab Promotes Menard

Inter-Fab Inc, manufacturers of slides, diving boards, rails and unique pool water features, has promoted Julie Menard to the position of quality control manager for the company. Menard has been with Inter-Fab since 2010, starting out as a customer service manager. Drawing on 18 years experience in the manufacturing industry, including the United States Navy, Julie’s background has proven to be a perfect foundation for her move to lead Inter-Fab’s quality control department, the company says.

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