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Fiberglass Resin Shortage Affecting Manufacturers



Fiberglass Resin Shortages Causing Construction Delays With Builders

The global covid-19 pandemic brought about many changes in the pool industry. Currently, there is shortage of many essential parts and supplies for swimming pools. More aspiring pool owners are getting disappointed by the day. Manufacturers have enormous backlogs of pending orders. But why has their been such dramatic and sudden slow-downs of inground pool construction during the height of the season? One of leading causes among fiberglass builders this season has been slow delivery of shells which has a direct correlation to ongoing resin shortages.

Fiberglass Resin Shortage Affecting Manufacturers

Understanding the fiberglass resin shortage at an in-depth level

As mentioned earlier, there has been a delay in pool construction due to a shortage of fiberglass resin material. As a result, the prices of liquid vinyl ester resin and fiberglass have significantly gone up. Subsequently, many fiberglass manufacturers are turning down shell orders amid the high demand for fiberglass pools nationwide and a lack of raw materials to facilitate orders.

Pool Magazine received word from numerous builders that they had been notified by Latham that shell deliveries would be delayed up to 8 weeks because of ongoing shortages. We reached out to America’s largest manufacturer of fiberglass inground pools to see how they are handling the ongoing resin shortage.

“Latham’s manufacturing facilities remain open and operational.”said Crist Leigh Wunsch, spokesperson for Latham, “Homeowner interest in our products is stronger than ever, and our teams are working hard to meet the increased demand. We are facing intermittent raw material shortages, along with the rest of our industry, which has resulted in some temporary manufacturing inefficiencies at our facilities.”

“We have been leveraging our strong relationships with our suppliers to navigate this issue,” continued Wunsch, “and we have looking at alternative resin sources to continue to diversify our supply chain. Despite this, Latham continues to deliver solid growth. The strong underlying secular trends of our industry remain intact, and we feel well positioned to continue to meet growing consumer demand for pools.”

Manufacturers Everywhere Are Feeling The Pinch

Kent Wooldridge, president of the United Marine Manufacturers Association, says, “Indisputably, it is extremely painful to turn down orders from loyal clients. Telling pool owners that they have to halt their businesses just because you cannot supply them with the required raw materials is hard. Even worse, you cannot refer them to another person who can offer them the appropriate raw materials. In addition, those who have these materials sell them at crazy prices.”

“The majority of suppliers are overburdened by the fiberglass shortage. The winter storms that damaged the chemical plants producing resin were therefore a big disaster.”president of board manufacturer Aipa Surf Co, DUKE AIPA

Have raised import tariffs made the shortage situation worse?

Usually, the United States is responsible for producing only a tiny fraction of fiberglass cloth. The country mainly relies on affordable fiberglass supplies from China. However, since Trump’s administration, there have been obstacles preventing the smooth import process. In particular, since 2018, a 25% import tariff was placed on fiberglass cloth and resin. This discouraged most manufacturers from importing fiberglass. On the flip side, Chinese manufacturers raised their export prices.

In 2020, the coronavirus outbreak made the supply chain worse due to travel restrictions. The lockdown also forced Chinese chemical plants to shut down. At the same time, there was increased demand for pool construction services since most homeowners were looking for ways to upgrade their backyards.

The effect of natural calamities on fiberglass resin shortage

This year, the winter storm in Texas disoriented a broad spectrum of activities in the pool industry. The freezing weather conditions forced the chemical manufacturing plants in Houston to shut down. Moreover, the storm forced Hexion Inc and Olin Corp., the biggest epoxy producers, to stop operating.

Manufacturers report that once they finally get a truckload of resin, it doesn’t stick around very long. It’s already earmarked for a back-order. In fact, in most instances, all the resin coming in has already been pre-sold. This has been the situation for the past few months.

Are manufacturers affected?

Kirk Sullivan, a Florida pool builder, had to refund 250 orders due to the fiberglass resin shortage. Sullivan says that he received very few supplies this year during the summer. Therefore, his company has been unable to continue taking new pool construction orders. Fortunately, all his staff members are still at work, hoping for things to get better.

Regional manager, Todd Prestage, says, “Before, it used to take approximately six weeks to get a Surf Hardware International Board. Now, it takes six months.”

Several fiberglass manufacturers have tried solving this issue by importing a more significant percentage of raw materials from Asian countries that don’t incorporate high import tariffs. But they still find themselves raising their prices due to all the labor and shipping costs involved. Consumers, on the flip side, have no other choice but to pay more.

The bottom line

Other than taking longer to reach consumers, prices for resin have skyrocketed. Consequently, very few pool companies are finding it easy to adjust. One Latham Grand Dealer we spoke to said, “The resin shortage is making it more difficult for smaller companies like ours to get shells and obviously it’s been costing us all sales. The big guys are fortunate since they have guaranteed delivery based on their order flow”

One thing is for absolute certain, as the summer begins to wind down, this industry certainly has it’s work cut out toward improving the supply chain issues that have hindered so many this pool season.

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Pool News coverage brought to you by Pool Magazine's own Marcus Packer. Marcus Packer is a 20 year pool industry veteran pool builder and pool service technician. In addition to being a swimming pool professional, Marcus has been a writer and long time contributor for Newsweek Magazine's home improvement section and more recently for Florida Travel + Life. Have a story idea or tip you'd like to share with Pool Magazine? Email [email protected] your story idea.

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Ken Howard Joins Pool & Spa Apprenticeship & Training Committee



Ken Howard Joins Pool & Spa Apprenticeship & Training Committee

The Pool & Spa Apprenticeship and Training Committee is excited to announce another newly appointed Director to the Pool & Spa Apprenticeship and Training Committee (PSATC) – Ken Howard.

Ken started his career in San Diego in the electrical industry when he was sixteen years old. After four years in the electrical industry, there was an opportunity to start his own business in the landscape industry. It was here that he was first introduced to swimming pool construction. Over the next twenty years, Ken designed and built, in North San Diego County, as a full-service outdoor design, project management and construction company.

This design-build experience included new swimming pool & spa construction, renovations, remodeling, demolition, pool equipment repair & replacement, pool & spa chemical automation upgrades, and electrical work. Additionally, concrete work, including driveways, patios, pool decks, and ICF (Insulating Concrete Forms) swimming pool design and construction, were later added to the scope of provided services.

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Ken has obtained five CA Contracting License classifications, as well as obtaining a CBP (Certified Building Professional) and PPSO (professional Pool & Spa Operator) designations from the APSP/PHTA. Since 2018 there has been a focus on peer education regarding the proper installation of chemical automation and chemical automation controllers for residential pool/spa combos.

Ken is the current owner of full service-swimming pool service and repair business in North County, San Diego, and the President of Ultimate Pool Tools

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Excitement is Building for The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City

The Pool & Spa Show promises to be one of the biggest events of the year.



Excitement is Building for The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City

We’re deep into pool trade show season now and one of the biggest shows of the year is always The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City. Many consider this to be one of the premier events for the industry and it’s widely attended by pool professionals throughout the country.

The Pool & Spa Show is powered by NESPA (Northeast Spa & Pool Association) and features some of the latest and most innovative products, educational courses, and exhibits. Not only is the event a fantastic opportunity to network with peers, but it’s a great chance to make connections with industry leaders, distributors, and educators from around the industry.

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This year’s event promises something for everyone. Already the buzz has begun to circulate on social media that the 2023 Pool & Spa Show may be bigger than ever.

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Why Attend The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City?

There are numerous reasons why The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City consistently remains a top draw for pool pros. Three of the main reasons are the exhibitors who will be displaying the latest products and services, the networking opportunities, and of course the educational courses.

Pool professionals from all over the country will be gathered to attend The Pool & Spa Show this year.
Pool professionals from all over the country will be gathered to attend The Pool & Spa Show this year.


One of the primary reasons pool industry professionals choose to attend The Pool & Spa Show is that the event provides the chance to see the newest products and equipment that will certainly be making a splash in 2023.

This year’s exhibition hall will bring out some of the largest manufacturers and distributors in the pool and spa industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the newest innovative equipment, accessories, and services long before they make their way into retail stores. Connecting at the show is a great way to find out pricing and ask representatives any product-related questions.


Whether you’re attending or plan to exhibit at the The Pool & Spa Show, the networking opportunities presented at the event are one of the primary reasons this particular trade show remains an important hub for the industry. Since its inception, The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City has been a gravitating point where the entire industry reconnects. Consequently, many industry professionals say it’s one of the most important shows of the year for networking with peers and making new connections.


Finally, one of the biggest reasons pool pros choose to attend the show in Atlantic City is education. The Pool & Spa Show provides the perfect opportunity to expand one’s knowledge and take courses from PHTA, GENESIS, and Watershape University. The educational courses offered at this event represent some of the best programs available in the industry.

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For those looking to get their products and services in front of pool and spa professionals, The Pool & Spa Show presents unique possibilities to reach a mass audience (56% of attendees are decision makers).

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The exhibitor’s hall still has some availability left, but the majority of booths are already spoken for. Those planning to exhibit at this year’s event had better get a move on before spaces are all booked up.

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Since this is one of the year’s major pool trade show events, Pool Magazine will certainly be in attendance and will be exhibiting. You can find us at booth 3304 and pick up a copy of our latest issue. We can’t wait to see you there!

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PSP/Deck Expo Returns to Las Vegas, November 15-17 as the Premier Trade Event for the Pool, Spa, Patio, and Decking Industries



PSP/Deck Expo Returns to Las Vegas, November 15-17 as the Premier Trade Event for the Pool, Spa, Patio, and Decking Industries

Registration is now open; early bird pricing runs through September 14

The 2022 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo™, co-located with Deck Expo (PSP/Deck Expo) opened online registration for attendees. The event, put on by Informa Markets, the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), and the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA®), is November 15-17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Participants may register online at; early bird pricing runs through September 14.

The event brings together builders, service techs, retailers, and distributors. Thousands of members from the pool, spa, patio, decking, and outdoor living community attend PSP/Deck Expo to engage with the latest products and services and to network. In addition to exhibits and showcases lining the Expo Hall, attendees are encouraged to learn from industry experts’ conference sessions and demonstrations.

“There is always so much to talk and learn about, and PSP/Deck Expo is the perfect place to catch up on what will be happening in 2023 and beyond,” said Ray Giovine, Vice President at Informa Markets. “Attendees can dive deeper into the pool, spa, and outdoor living industry at PSP/Deck Expo than anywhere else and deck out with more new products and solutions to take their businesses forward.”

Attendees who purchase a Super Pass will have access to more than 55 conference sessions, more than 20 show floor educational sessions, the Expo Hall, the Keynote, the BBQ Bash, and the Welcome Party. Attendees who purchase an Expo Hall Pass will have access to the Expo Hall, more than 20 show floor educational sessions, the BBQ Bash, and the Keynote. In addition, all attendees can participate in various special events and training classes for an additional fee.

“Last year’s return to an in-person event was an immense success, and we are even more excited to participate again this year,” said Sabeena Hickman, CAE, President & CEO of PHTA. “We are creating an amazing space for the highest level of education, networking, and exhibiting that attendee have come to expect from PSP/Deck Expo.”

PSP/Deck Expo’s home in 2022, the Las Vegas Convention Center, was awarded the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR™ facility accreditation, considered the gold standard for safe facilities, and was the first facility in Nevada to receive this designation. In particular, the event will be in the building’s West Hall, where the concession stands and food court restaurants have locally sourced, vegan/vegetarian, and organic options. PSP/Deck Expo also supports this initiative by providing these options at all catered functions throughout the week.

“As we get back to doing what we do in the pool and spa industry, intending to use the last few years as a springboard into the future, I can’t think of anything more important than connecting with key partners, searching the expo floor for new opportunities, and taking advantage of the focused education the show provides,” said Jake Ricks, Director of Marketing at Bullfrog Spas, which is exhibiting at PSP/Deck Expo.

During the three-day event, attendees will connect with their peers while experiencing a full range of educational sessions and activities. PSP/Deck Expo 2022 will also feature:

  • Keynote – Kick-off PSP/Deck Expo with inspiration from leaders at top manufacturing companies with a CEO Panel on opening morning. This is a phenomenal opportunity to hear about current trends and expectations for the future of our industry.
  • Welcome Party – The Welcome Party is a networking event on the first evening of the show. Happening on Tuesday, November 15, attendees and vendors can mingle with colleagues, and enjoy food, drinks, and entertainment with a spectacular view from the third floor outdoor terrace at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
  • Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge – Based on a fictitious scenario, designers create an ultimate outdoor oasis with a million-dollar budget. For the first time, designers can win a top prize of $10,000 thanks to Lead Sponsor, Riverflow Pumps by Current Systems.
  • NEW! Breakfast of Champions Powered by PHTA – A new relationship- and idea-building event that connects industry subject matter experts with a group of peers for a deep dive into solutions around a specific topic.
  • Grill + Chill Area – This year’s expo will feature outdoor exhibits in a prominent location just outside the main doors, with vendors specific to deck building, outdoor kitchens and grills, and patio furniture. Vendors are even invited to grill or serve a treat of their choice!
  • BBQ Bash – We’ll fire up the grill, and attendees can kick up their feet and enjoy a chill area while networking with industry professionals. Once the Expo Hall closes on Wednesday, the BBQ Bash starts outdoors, in the Grill + Chill Area. Attendees can enjoy refreshments and devour the goodies being roasted, grilled, poached, and more.
  • Various Special Events from Event Partners – The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), the official Show Sponsor; GENESIS®, the official Show Endorser; and the North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA), the official Show Sponsor of Deck Expo, will be holding special events during the week. Everything from a Young Professionals’ reception to an annual member meeting will take place.
  • Various Special Events from Exhibitors – Returning in 2022 are The Pool Nation Awards™ which recognize companies, products, and individuals in various categories in the pool industry and are chosen by leading Pool Pros in the industry.

“PSP/Deck Expo is the premier outdoor living event of the year,” said Michael Beaudry, Executive Vice President of NADRA, the sponsor of Deck Expo. “Industry manufacturers, suppliers, architects, engineers, builders, contractors, and remodelers will be presenting the most innovative outdoor living products and services,” he said. “And not to mention – the parties! It’s Vegas and this industry knows how to have fun.”

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to register by September 14 to take advantage of early bird pricing that offers up to 20% savings. PHTA and NADRA members can receive additional discounts on passes. For a complete listing of packages and pricing, and to register, visit

The show is celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2022. PSP/Deck Expo was originally founded in 1957 as an event focused on pools and spas. It grew over time, including a co-location with Deck Expo in 2020. Today, PSP/Deck Expo actively collaborates across the entire pool, spa, backyard, and decking industries to provide participants with the most comprehensive array of networking, education, and technology available.

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is the official Show Sponsor, GENESIS® is the official Show Endorser, Pool and Spa News (PSN) is the official Show Publication, and the North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) is the Deck Expo Show Sponsor.

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About the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo™, co-located with Deck Expo

The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo™, co-located with Deck Expo is where all segments of the industry (pool, spa, patio, decking, and outdoor living) gather to stay well-informed of the trends, market directions, and technology. The event offers industry professionals a large selection of educational sessions, an expo hall, and various networking opportunities. The event partners with The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) as the official Show Sponsor, GENESIS® as the official Show Endorser, Pool and Spa News (PSN) as the official Show Publication, and the North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA) as the official Show Sponsor of Deck Expo. The event is owned and produced by Informa Markets.

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Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. We provide marketplace participants around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience, and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, targeted digital services, and actionable data solutions. We connect buyers and sellers across more than a dozen global verticals, including Pharmaceuticals, Food, Medical Technology, and Infrastructure. As the world’s leading market-making company, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. For more information, please visit

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