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SRS announces expansion in New York with the acquisition of Florence Corporation and Amagansett Building Materials    

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APRIL 01, 2022

SRS Distribution Inc. (“SRS”) announced today that it has acquired Florence Corporation (“Florence”) and Amagansett Building Materials (“Amagansett”) (collectively, the “Company”), a leading distributor of a broad line of building products, including lumber, roofing, siding, windows & doors, and other related products with five locations throughout the Long Island area. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Huntington, New York, the Company was founded in 1946 by Arthur Florence and is run today by Arthur’s grandson, Patrick Droesch, and Patrick’s brother-in-law, Rob Holden. Patrick and Rob will continue to lead the Company’s dedicated team under the Florence and Amagansett banners, ensuring continuity and consistency for customers, suppliers, and employees.

Dan Tinker, President and CEO of SRS Distribution, commented, “We are excited to announce our latest partnership with Florence and Amagansett in Long Island. Patrick, Rob, and the rest of the Company’s dedicated employees have built a tremendous business over the years known for its outstanding customer service and quality products. The Company is a perfect fit with our existing operation on Long Island and together we will continue to build upon the legacy Patrick’s grandfather began more than 75 years ago.”

Patrick Droesch, owner of the Company, commented, “We are thrilled to announce that Florence and Amagansett are joining the SRS family of independents. Over the years we have come to know and respect the folks leading SRS and believe we have a strong cultural match thanks to our shared values of honesty, integrity, and trust.” Rob Holden, the Company’s co-owner, added, “SRS’ financial resources will help us grow faster by investing in our people, branches, products, and technology, which will translate into an even higher level of service for our loyal customers. We are confident that being part of the SRS family will allow us to become a stronger company and ensure that our future is bigger than our past.”

About SRS Distribution

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in McKinney, TX, SRS has grown to become one of the largest and fastest growing building products distributors in the United States. Since our inception, we have established a differentiated growth strategy and entrepreneurial culture that is focused on serving our customers, partnering with our suppliers, and attracting the industry’s best talent. We currently operate under a family of distinct local brands encompassing more than 600 locations across 44 states. SRS Distribution is a portfolio company of Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. and Berkshire Partners LLC. For more information, www.srsdistribution.com.

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ePropelled Unveils Energy-Efficient Electric Pump Motors

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ePropelled Unveils Energy-Efficient Electric Pump Motors

LOWELL, Mass. | December 6, 2022 – ePropelled, a provider of leading-edge electric propulsion systems and power generation solutions, today announced a new line of energy-efficient electric pump motors designed to be used with pools, spas, and industrial applications. The motors provide optimized energy efficiency, reduced noise, and are compact and lightweight. These innovations allow manufacturers to save energy and money, while delivering better overall value to customers.

Forrester data shows that 68% of consumers plan to increase efforts to identify brands that reduce environmental impact. At the same time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that more than half of the electricity used in manufacturing powers various motors. ePropelled’s environmentally-friendly motors give industry and manufacturing leaders an opportunity to reduce harmful greenhouse emissions by replacing their motors and systems with improved designs.

Available immediately, ePropelled’s new line of six motors include:

  • SM1650 series for pool – A 1.65hp variable speed motor that is approximately 90% efficient with a programable interface.
  • SM1650 series for spa – A 1.65hp variable speed motor that is approximately 90% efficient.
  • SM3000 series for pool – A 3hp variable speed motor that is approximately 90% efficient with a programable interface.
  • SM3000 series for spa – A 3hp variable speed motor that is approximately 90% efficient.
  • SM1650 series for industrial applications – A 1.65hp variable speed motor designed for industrial environments such as large-volume fluid management, pressurizing water/fluid, chemical processing, water movement and more.  
  • SM3000 series for industrial applications – A 3.0hp variable speed motor designed for industrial environments such as large-volume fluid management, pressurizing water/fluid, chemical processing, water movement and more.

All the Sustainability Motors are compact and lightweight for easier installation, and their quiet performance makes them more comfortable for consumers. Noise pollution is a problem with pump motors in general, whether for residential pools or other commercial uses. In addition, the new motors’ variable speed capabilities optimize pump motor efficiency, reduce energy costs, and allow manufacturers to easily add new features and functions.

“Our new energy-efficient electric pump motors have less impact on the environment and are powerful enough not only for pools and spas, but many other applications within industrial markets,” said Nick Grewal, CEO, president and founder of ePropelled. “Variable speed pump motors are more efficient, which creates more sustainable products, systems and operations and can reduce costs. This is a win-win for manufacturers and consumers alike.”

ePropelled is focused on designing and producing energy-efficient motors and related technology for a variety of sectors, with a particular focus on the industrial pump motor market. Target markets include HVAC, pool, spa, water and wastewater, and other large industrial applications. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), electric motors and systems account for about 40% of electricity consumption globally.

About ePropelled

ePropelled designs state of the art motors, generators, and power management systems. Our technology helps reduce energy consumption and improve system efficiency at a lower cost in the aerospace, manned and unmanned aerial vehicles, electric vehicles, and pump motor markets. We are a leader in magnetics engineering, and our patented technology innovations are used in the air, land, and water, defining the future of electric propulsion.  

ePropelled has offices in the United States, Europe, and India and collaborates with manufacturers of all types and sizes around the world. For more information, please visit epropelled.com.

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POOL & HOT TUB ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF 2022 CHAIRMAN’S AWARDS

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Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Announces Recipients of 2022 Chairman's Award

(Alexandria, Va.) – The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 PHTA Chairman’s Award. This is a new award developed by PHTA Chairman Charlie Claffey and the PHTA Board of Directors. The winners were honored during the Keynote Presentation at the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, co-located with Deck Expo (PSP/Deck Expo) on November 15 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Chairman’s Award is given to individuals who are leading the way and making amazing contributions to the pool, spa, and hot tub industry as a whole. The award also recognizes the companies who employ the winners, for supporting them in their leadership roles.

The awards were presented jointly by Claffey and PHTA Board Chair-Elect Joseph Laurino, Ph.D.

This year’s Chairman’s Award winners are:

L-R Olaf Mjelde, Joe Laurino, Charlie Claffey, Steve Barnes
Charlie Claffey, Scott Amsbaugh, Jim Egan, Joe Laurino
Charlie Claffey, Tony Gonzales, Ken Gregory, Joe Laurino
Charlie Claffey, Andrea Chaney, Wade Beebe, Jody O’Grady, Joe Laurino
  • Steve Barnes, former Co-Chair of the PHTA Technical Committee and current Chair of the PHTA Standards Policy Committee, and employer Olaf Mjelde, Owner of AquaStar Pool Products.
  • Jim Egan, Chair of the PHTA Editorial Review Committee and Member of the PHTA Recreational Water & Air Quality Committee (RWAQC), and employer Scott Amsbaugh, President and CEO of LaMotte.
  • Ken Gregory, former Co-Chair of the PHTA Technical Committee, and employer Tony Gonzales, Engineer Services Manager at Pentair.
  • Jody O’Grady, Chair of the RWAQC, and employers Andrea Chaney, Brand Development Manager, and Wade Beebe, Vice President and General Manager of Taylor Water Technologies LLC.

“PHTA’s mission is to educate, advocate, and elevate. The four inaugural recipients of the Chairman’s Award truly embody that mission through their active participation in the industry standards development process,” says Claffey, President of Claffey Pools. “Their dedication, commitment, and countless hours put into volunteering and making a positive impact deserve recognition and commendation from the industry as a whole. Congratulations to Steve, Jim, Ken, and Jody!”

For more information, please contact Amy Willer, PHTA’s Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, at [email protected] or 703-838-0083, ext. 121.

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About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with over 3,600 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub, and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge, and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety, and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer, and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit www.phta.org.

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PHTA AWARDS INAUGURAL $5,000 GREG GARRETT SCHOLARSHIP

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(L to R: Andy Levinson, Immediate Past Chair of PHTA Board of Directors; Kelli Clancy, Legacy Pool & Spa; Charlie Claffey, Chair of PHTA Board of Directors.)

Kelli Clancy to pursue continuing education in pool building and design

(Alexandria, VA) — The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) has awarded the 2022 Greg Garrett Scholarship Award to Kelli Clancy, Owner of Legacy Pool & Spa. The winner was announced during the PHTA Awards of Excellence Reception at the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, co-located with Deck Expo (PSP/Deck Expo) on November 14, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV.

Given in the memory of Greg Garrett, who dedicated 45 years to the pool and hot tub industry and served in many leadership roles, this $5,000 scholarship is given to a PHTA member in the builder or service sector for PHTA educational or certification fees to increase professionalism and provide an opportunity for continuing education. The Greg Garrett Scholarship Award was newly developed this year by the PHTA Recreational Water & Air Quality Committee (RWAQC).

Clancy’s application stood out to the judges because of her commitment to the industry. She has volunteered much of her time to help others move their way up and expand their knowledge. In 2020, Clancy co-founded Pool Girl Pro Industry Trainings, which hosts educational training and networking opportunities for women in the pool and hot tub industry. Clancy has always been focused on continuing education and professional certifications and earned both her Certified Pool & Spa Operator (CPO) and Certified Pool & Spa Inspector (CPI) certifications through PHTA.

With the Greg Garrett Scholarship, Clancy is excited to move into the building and design sector by taking GENESIS® courses and earning additional certifications through the Certified Pool Builder & Design Professional Pathway.

“I look at education in this industry as ongoing, and I also believe in taking advantage of opportunities and living a life free of ‘what ifs.’ When I saw that PHTA had opened its application process for the Greg Garrett Scholarship Award, it was a no-brainer,” says Clancy. “My personal and professional convictions were standing on my shoulders, shouting, ‘Go for it!’ into my ears. I am so glad that I did.”

For more information about the Greg Garrett Scholarship Award, please visit https://phta.org/garrett-award or contact Amy Willer, PHTA’s Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, at [email protected] or 703-838-0083, ext. 121.

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About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with over 3,600 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub, and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge, and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety, and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer, and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit www.phta.org.

About PHTA’s Recreational Water & Air Quality Committee (RWAQC)
PHTA’s RWAQC develops and maintains verifiable science-based information regarding sanitization technology and chemical products for use in pools, spas, and hot tubs. The committee also helps develop the chemical and sanitation sections for American National Standards Institute (ANSI) PHTA standards, including the ANSI/APSP/ICC-11 Standard for Water Quality in Public Pools and Spas. For a current listing of Committee members or more information, email Genevieve Lynn in the PHTA Standards Department at [email protected].

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