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Heritage Pool Supply Group adds Nine Locations across the Southeast with the Acquisition of Pool Builders Supply

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McKinney, TX – September 30, 2022:

Heritage Pool Supply Group, Inc. (“Heritage”) announced today that it has acquired Pool Builders Supply of the Carolinas, Inc. (“PBS”), a leading wholesale distributor of pool and spa products in the Southeast. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, PBS was founded in 1976 by Olen & Betty Morgan and is run today by their children, Taryn Springsteed & Matt Morgan. The Company operates nine distribution locations across five states (NC, SC, VA, GA, and TN). Taryn, Matt, and the rest of the company’s leadership team will continue to lead PBS’ dedicated employee base under the existing brand banner, ensuring continuity and consistency for customers, suppliers, and employees.

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Matt McDermott, President of Heritage, commented, “We are thrilled to partner with Taryn and Matt and are honored to have the hard-working employees of PBS join our growing family of companies. We always look for partners with great passion for customers and employees, and PBS is a model organization for both. The combination is strategic to Heritage in many ways and a key component to Heritage’s future expansion plans in the Southeast region. We are committed to build a national network and long-term legacy in the pool and spa industry for decades to come.”

Taryn Springsteed, VP and owner of PBS, commented, “To say I am proud of all our accomplishments over the last 48 years is an understatement. We have gone from a single warehouse in Charlotte, NC to nine branches in five states throughout the Southeast. After spending time with the Heritage team, I saw many parallels to our company, including a commitment to their employees as well as the importance of customer service. Not only am I certain that Heritage will be able to provide PBS with the additional resources needed to fuel our growth, but I am also confident they have the programs that will provide additional opportunities for our employees professionally and financially. The Heritage model is proven and we look forward to building the most positive force in the industry together for many years to come.”

About Heritage Pool Supply Group

Heritage Pool Supply Group’s vision is to grow by forming a network of the best independent distributors to provide exceptional customer service while increasing our value as a trusted growth partner to top manufacturers in the industry. Our mission is to help our family of companies achieve new heights and provide opportunities for all employees to grow, thrive, and advance with the company for decades to come. We currently operate a family of 16 distinct local brands encompassing more than 100 locations across 24 states. Heritage Pool Supply Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of SRS Distribution Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing privately held wholesale distributors in the United States.

Source: Heritage Pool Supply Group

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Ken Howard Joins Pool & Spa Apprenticeship & Training Committee

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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.

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 Ultimate-Pool.com full service-swimming pool service and repair business in North County, San Diego, and the President of Ultimate Pool Tools

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Master Spas Continues Support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as Charity Partner of Warburton Golf Tournament

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Master Spas continues support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as charity partner of Warburton Golf Tournament

Fort Wayne, IN – Master Spas, a leading manufacturer of premium hot tubs and swim spas, continued its support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a charity sponsor of the 2023 Warburton Golf Tournament.

Master Spas donated an H2X Trainer 15 swim spa to the auction and presented St. Jude with a significant donation, which was made on behalf of Master Spas and its worldwide network of specialty retailers. In addition, Master Spas donated a Michael Phelps Legend Series hot tub for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway raffle.

The 2023 Warburton Golf Tournament took place February 23-26 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs, California.  It is an annual event that brings together celebrities, professional athletes, and top-tier golfers to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which provides life-saving care to children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The event includes a golf tournament, auction, and other activities designed to raise awareness and funds for the hospital.

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“We are honored to partner with the Warburton Golf Tournament and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support this important cause,” said Kevin Richards, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Master Spas. “As a company, we are committed to making a positive impact in our community, and we believe that supporting St. Jude’s mission to find cures for childhood diseases is a worthy cause.”

This year’s four-day event raised more than $4.7 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Warburton is the highest grossing tournament for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, raising more than $26.5 million since it began 13 years ago.

Fueled by the company’s mission and values, Master Spas has established a charitable giving program that supports multiple nonprofit organizations and charities, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Master Spas Care program extends beyond the company and to its global network of retailers.

Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Because of events like The Warburton, St. Jude can provide cutting-edge treatments not covered by insurance, at no cost to families. When St. Jude opened in 1962, childhood cancer was considered incurable. Since then, St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate from 20% to more than 80%, and won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.

About Master Spas

Master Spas is based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 90 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Operating out of a state-of-the-art, 583,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on a 50-acre manufacturing campus, Master Spas is the largest portable spa, hot tub and swim spa manufacturer in the world with all products built in the U.S.A. The company’s executive team boasts more than 200 years of spa manufacturing success and one of the strongest track records in the industry. For more information, please visit: www.MasterSpas.com.

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Fluidra Makes Dedicated Shift to More Efficient LED Pool Lighting

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Following new Department of Energy lighting regulations, the company takes energy-savings a step further

SAN DIEGO – March, 1 2023– The swimming pool industry is about to undergo another transformation as a result of new Department of Energy (DOE) lighting regulations that aim to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by prohibiting the sale of some incandescent lights. In response to these changes, Fluidra, a leading global provider of pool equipment and connected solutions in the pool and wellness sector, has announced its commitment to not only meet, but exceed these regulations.

The new regulations, which apply to various pool lights with a lumen range between 310 and 3,300 lumens (roughly 25 to 300 watts for incandescent lamps), build upon the existing Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which set energy efficiency standards for many common household lighting products. Under the new regulations, manufacturers are required to produce lighting products that are even more energy-efficient, which should result in significant cost savings for consumers. According to independent environmental studies requested by the DOE, this new regulation is estimated to result in net consumer benefits of $3 billion over 30 years.

To be compliant, the new regulations stipulate the following:

•            Manufacturers can no longer sell non-compliant incandescent lights manufactured or imported on or after the effective date of January 1, 2023

•            Distributors & Retailers can no longer re-sell non-compliant incandescent lights without penalties effective March 1, 2023, and with reduced penalties until July 31, 2023

As currently written, these regulations affect Fluidra’s 100W and 300W incandescent lighting products. However, the company, which is focused on reducing its carbon impact both through its business practices and the products it produces is taking a firmer stance and will stop manufacturing incandescent lights completely. Moving forward, the company will only manufacture LED lightswhichhave been shown to provide up to 87% energy savings* for homeowners.

“Pool owners are now looking for much more than just a beautiful pool they can enjoy; they want that pool to include solutions that mitigate environmental impact while also saving them money,” said Fluidra president, Lennie Rhoades. “We’re always looking for ways to make the pool more energy efficient, whether it’s through the use of variable-speed technologies or adding a pool cover, which conserves water, heat and chemicals.  In the case of lighting, we are already seeing a natural migration within the industry to LED-based technologies, so these new DOE regulations give us an ideal opportunity to accelerate the transition to this more efficient technology. We are confident that our customers will benefit from the increased efficiency and cost savings these changes will bring.”

*Calculation based on a comparison between a 500W white incandescent light and a 65W white LED light with comparable lumen output.

In place of the previous generation of incandescent lights, Fluidra will continue to build out its robust range of LED lighting options, including the upcoming release of their latest LED offering, the Infinite WaterColors LED Lights, the company is confident that its lighting solutions will cater to the sustainability concerns of pool owners while providing a superior experience and the highest value to pool owners.

For more information about Fluidra’s LED pool and spa lighting solutions, pool professionals are encouraged to contact their local Fluidra representative for information or visit Jandy.com

About Fluidra

Fluidra is a publicly listed company focused on developing innovative products, services and IoT solutions for the residential and commercial pool markets, globally. The company operates in over 45 countries and owns a portfolio of some of the industry’s most recognized and trusted brands, including Jandy®, Polaris®, Zodiac®, CMP®, Taylor Water Technologies and S.R.Smith. To learn more about Fluidra, visit FluidraUSA.com or call 800-822-7933.

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