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Innovative Steele Mixer Aims To Help Pool Contractors Mix Concrete Faster

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Innovative Steele Mixer Mixes Concrete Faster & More Efficiently Than Electric

Concrete can be produced faster and more easily using a newly-designed mixer that is compact and light enough to carry to the location of the pour. The Steele Mixer, a patented device made in the USA, is manually-powered, weighs just 34 lbs., and can mix a 60-lb bag of concrete ready-to-pour in less than 45 seconds.

“The Steele Mixer uses gravity to do most of the heavy work,” explains inventor Stephen Steele. “The unique internal shape mixes more consistently and thoroughly than shovel-mixing in a wheelbarrow or a bucket, which translates into better concrete. It’s manually powered, but it’s easy.”

Water and dry materials are poured into the pivoting mixing drum. Rocking the drum from side to side via the wooden handles incorporates the materials thoroughly and can produce ready-to-pour concrete faster than an electric mixer. It can make a wide variety of cement-based concretes and mortars including ordinary concrete, masonry mortar, stucco, deck mud, fat mud, self-leveling underlayment, and other water-mixed materials, up to a 90-lb bag of premixed dry material at a time. 

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Due to the innovative design of the drum, mixing performance is thorough and highly efficient, so it can produce structurally sound concrete using the specified quantity of water. It also eliminates the temptation to add extra water, protecting the final strength of the concrete. In third-party testing, a commercial premixed bag of concrete produced in the Steele Mixer exceeded the specified 4000 PSI compressive strength in less than 28 days.

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The Steele Mixer, built from wood, steel, and 100% recycled low-density polyethylene (LDPE), weighs just 34 pounds, so it can be used in remote locations that remain inaccessible for electric mixers. It can be picked up and carried, full of concrete, and taken to the pour, and is also compact enough to operate inside a small residential bathroom. Its size, portability and affordability make it an ideal tool for general contractors, pool contractors, plasterers, tile-setters, masonry, landscapers, fencing contractors, farmers, ranchers, and DIY homeowners.

The Steele Mixer is made in California by Steele House Industries, a veteran-owned business. The Steele Mixer is available for $298 plus shipping from the manufacturer, www.steelemixer.com. Steele House is also partnering with Habitat for Humanity, donating one free mixer to the nonprofit for every 100 units sold. For video demonstrations of the Steele Mixer in action, please visit www.steelemixer.com or the “Steele Mixer” channel on Youtube.com.

About Steele House Industries

Steele House Industries is a veteran-owned business located in Northern California. The company was founded by Stephen Steele, a general contractor with over 20 years’ experience, from a family with deep roots in construction. The company’s mission is to create innovative products and tools for construction and related industries, including the Steele Mixer. They proudly make this product in the USA and offer a military discount to veterans. 

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Marianne Trusty is a Press Correspondent for the pool & spa industry. A published author and social media influencer reaching over 20 million people around the world each day. Contact Marianne about publishing op-editorials, breaking pool news and press releases at mtrusty@poolmagazine.com.

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Pentair Earns 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

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Pentair Energy Star Partner of the year

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Pentair (NYSE: PNR), a leading provider of water treatment and sustainable solutions, is proud to announce it received the 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy. Pentair was the first pool equipment manufacturer to have an ENERGY STAR certified pool pump and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year since 2013.

“Pentair is built on delivering smart, sustainable, energy- and resource-efficient products and solutions,” said De’Mon Wiggins, Group President, Pentair Pool. “We are proud of our continued collaboration with the EPA and honored to be recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year once again. Our efforts, paired with ENERGY STAR’s goals and leadership, are changing the pool industry.”

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Since 2005, Pentair’s ENERGY STAR pool pumps have been responsible for a cumulative 32.6 billion kWh of energy savings, the reduction of 15.4 million tons of CO2 emissions and $3.6 billion in operative cost savings for U.S. consumers.*

In addition to its ENERGY STAR-rated pool pumps, Pentair offers smart, sustainable solutions to help pool owners conserve energy and make thoughtful environmental choices. Through pool solutions like automated controls, heaters and lighting products, Pentair strives to design products that facilitate environmental sustainability. Homeowners can learn more about Pentair’s energy-efficient offerings, its rebate program for select ENERGY STAR certified models, and find helpful ENERGY STAR resources at pentair.com/energystar.

Each year, the ENERGY STAR program honors a group of businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy achievements. ENERGY STAR award winners lead their industries in the production, sale, and adoption of energy-efficient products, homes, buildings, services, and strategies. These efforts are essential to fighting the climate crisis and protecting public health.

Winners are selected from a network of thousands of ENERGY STAR partners. For a complete list of 2022 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit energystar.gov/awardwinners.

*Savings are based on a weighted average annual kWh savings from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) at $0.11 / kWh. Individual Weighted Energy Factor (WEF) scores and savings may vary by model. For more information regarding the energy efficiency features of current Pentair pool pump offerings, including WEF scores, please visit pentair.com/energystar.

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ABOUT PENTAIR PLC

At Pentair, we inspire people to move, improve and enjoy life’s essential resources for happier, healthier lives. From our residential and business water solutions, to our sustainable innovations and applications, we deliver smart, sustainable solutions for life.

Pentair had revenue in 2021 of approximately $3.8 billion, and trades under the ticker symbol PNR. With approximately 11,250 global employees serving customers in more than 150 countries, we work to help improve lives and the environment around the world. To learn more, visit Pentair.com.

About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses avoid more than $500 billion in energy costs and achieve more than 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. More background information about ENERGY STAR’s impacts can be found at www.energystar.gov/impacts and state-level information can be found at www.energystar.gov/statefacts.

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Pinch A Penny Named Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics Texas Summer Games

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Pinch A Penny Named Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics Texas Summer Games

CLEARWATER, FL (May 12, 2022) – Pinch A Penny, the nation’s largest swimming pool retail and backyard services franchise, is honored to be named the presenting sponsor for the Special Olympics Texas 2022 Summer Games, which will take place May 12-15 at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas.

This is the fourth year Pinch A Penny’s charitable giving program, Be the Splash, is sponsoring Special Olympics Texas’ (SOTX) largest annual competition, which features soccer, tennis, cycling, track and field, and FUNdamental Sports. Pinch A Penny prides itself on supporting nonprofit organizations whose mission is to promote competitive swimming and fitness programs centered around or in the pool, as well as national programming or services addressing swim safety. Local Pinch A Penny franchisees, Phillip and Valerie Ott, will be volunteering their services at SOTX for their second year in a row.

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Phillip and Valerie Ott - Pinch a Penny Franchisees
Phillip and Valerie Ott – Pinch a Penny Franchisees

Pinch A Penny is America’s largest swimming pool retailer with over 270 locally owned and operated stores providing customers with a complete line of best-in-class pool chemicals, equipment, repair parts, and accessories. In addition to pool supply retail, Pinch A Penny offers ongoing maintenance and repair services including water testing and pool service, as well as pool renovations, pressure washing, landscape lighting and more.

“Our goal is to join forces with great nonprofit organizations like Special Olympics Texas to place an emphasis on promoting healthy living in and around the pool,” said Kendall Large, Vice President of Marketing for Pinch A Penny. “As an organization, we are amazed by the dedication and athleticism of these athletes, and are proud to support each and every one of them in their pursuit of a gold medal,” Kendall added.

Pinch A Penny continues to prioritize its 21-year-relationship with the Special Olympics, a valuable partnership that began in Florida and expanded to Texas in 2019. Since then, Pinch A Penny has garnered the title of Special Olympics aquatic sponsor, Fall Classic Games presenting sponsor, and Summer Games presenting sponsor.

“Giving back to the community is one of our top priorities as a local Pinch A Penny store owner,” said Valerie Ott, owner of the Vineyard Pinch A Penny franchise in San Antonio. “We are passionate San Antonio residents who want to make a difference in any way we can. We look forward to volunteering and rooting for the athletes – it’s truly become an exciting tradition for us.”

Pinch A Penny strongly believes in inclusion, especially with swimming and fitness activities. The organization hopes to further uphold that stance by supporting athletes and their experience at the Texas Special Olympics Summer Games.

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About Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa

Founded in 1975, Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa continues to expand beyond its 270 locations across the Southeastern U.S. and Texas. Priding itself on its superior customer service and expertise, the brand has been featured in various top industry rankings including the Entrepreneur Franchise 500, Franchise Business Review Top 200, Franchise Gator Top 100, and Franchise Times Top 200+, as well as Franchise Business Review’s Top Franchises for Women and Top Franchises for Veterans. Additionally, Pinch A Penny was selected as the silver winner for Franchise Update’s prestigious STAR Award for Franchisee Satisfaction.

While economic downturns have handicapped businesses across the country over time, Pinch A Penny has exhibited growth for more than 45 years. In fact, Pinch A Penny’s positive financial performance during the pandemic earned the company a spot as one of the Top 50 Recession-Proof Franchises by Franchise Business Review. For more information about Pinch A Penny, please visit https://pinchapenny.com/. To learn more about becoming a local Pinch A Penny franchise owner in your community, visit PinchAPennyPoolFranchise.com.

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Hayward Earns 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award

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Hayward named Energy Star Partner Of The Year

Manufacturer receives the highest level of recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. – May 5, 2022 — Hayward Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HAYW) (“Hayward”), a global designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad portfolio of pool equipment and technology, today announced the company has received the 2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award—the highest level of recognition for corporate energy management programs given by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award recognizes businesses that perform at a superior level of energy management, demonstrating best practices as well as industry leadership, product innovation and an overall commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR.

“At Hayward, we’re committed to building better pool solutions—and a steadfast focus on energy efficiency is a major part of how we do that,” said Matt Kimball, Vice President of Marketing at Hayward. “We are exceedingly proud to have earned the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for 2022, and we look forward to continued innovation.”

Hayward’s pool equipment portfolio contains the broadest range of ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps, including their industry-leading line of ultra-high efficiency pumps: the #1 rated pumps in energy efficiency*. Omni® SmartPad™ pool and spa automation products—which allows pool owners to set schedules and adjust their pool equipment remotely via their smart device—provide another energy-saving standout.

“I salute the 2022 ENERGY STAR award winners,” said Anne Idsal, EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation. “These leaders demonstrate how energy efficiency drives economic competitiveness in tandem with environmental protection.”

The ENERGY STAR recognition builds on Hayward’s ongoing research and development initiatives in water conservation, automation and alternative sanitization options which help make pools more environmentally friendly.

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For more information about Hayward products and ENERGY STAR certified products, visit hayward.com/energystar

*Based on TriStar® VS 900 among in-ground pool pump ratings, per U.S. Department of Energy efficiency metrics as of April 1, 2022. Visit hayward.com/regulations for details.

About Hayward Holdings, Inc.

Hayward Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HAYW) is a leading global designer and manufacturer of pool equipment and technology all key to the SmartPad™ conversion strategy designed to provide a superior outdoor living experience. Hayward offers a full line of innovative, energy-efficient and sustainable residential and commercial pool equipment, including a complete line of advanced pumps, filters, heaters, automatic pool cleaners, LED lighting, internet of things (IoT) enabled controls, alternate sanitizers and water features.

This press release contains certain statements that are “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and releases issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such forward-looking statements relating to Hayward are based on the beliefs of Hayward’s management as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, us. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about Hayward’s strategies, plans, objectives, expectations, intentions, expenditures and assumptions and other statements contained in or incorporated by reference in this release that are not historical facts. When used in this document, words such as “guidance,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “intend,” “potential,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “plan,” “target,” “look forward,” “predict,” “project,” “seek” and similar expressions as they relate to Hayward are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Important factors that could affect Hayward’s future results and could cause those results or other outcomes to differ materially from those indicated in its forward-looking statements include the following: its ability to execute on its growth strategies and expansion opportunities; its ability to maintain favorable relationships with suppliers and manage disruptions to its global supply chain and the availability of raw materials; its relationships with and the performance of distributors, builders, buying groups, retailers and servicers who sell Hayward’s products to pool owners; competition from national and global companies, as well as lower-cost manufacturers; impacts on Hayward’s business from the sensitivity of its business to seasonality and unfavorable economic and business conditions; Hayward’s ability to identify emerging technological and other trends in its target end markets; Hayward’s ability to develop, manufacture and effectively and profitably market and sell its new planned and future products; failure of markets to accept new product introductions and enhancements; the ability to successfully identify, finance, complete and integrate acquisitions; Hayward’s ability to attract and retain senior management and other qualified personnel; regulatory changes and developments affecting Hayward’s current and future products; volatility in currency exchange rates; Hayward’s ability to service its existing indebtedness and obtain additional capital to finance operations and its growth opportunities; impacts on Hayward’s business from political, regulatory, economic, trade, and other risks associated with operating foreign businesses; Hayward’s ability to establish and maintain intellectual property protection for its products, as well as its ability to operate its business without infringing, misappropriating or otherwise violating the intellectual property rights of others; the impact of material cost and other inflation; the impact of changes in laws, regulations and administrative policy, including those that limit U.S. tax benefits, impact trade agreements and tariffs, or address the impacts of climate change; the outcome of litigation and governmental proceedings; impacts on Hayward’s business from the COVID-19 pandemic; and other factors set forth in “Risk Factors” in Hayward’s annual report on Form 10-K.  The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date of this report. Unless required by United States federal securities laws, Hayward neither intends nor assumes any obligation to update these forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this release to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in Hayward’s expectations.

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