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Leisure Pools Starting South Millville Distribution Center

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The expansion of the pool industry led to an increased demand for pool services. Subsequently, pool companies had to invent ways of dealing with this surge in demand. In particular, Leisure Pools had to move location to a 70,000-square-foot building in South Millville. Leisure pools previously had a smaller space in Tennessee. And this was not enough to serve all their clients on the East Coast. So, the home pool manufacturer had to look for a bigger space. The company’s big move to South Millville is expected to take approximately two to three months.

Leisure Pools Starting South Millville Distribution Center

Increased demand in pool services

The major reason for this move was the increased demand for the company’s pool services. It became impossible for Leisure Pools to serve all their clients while in their previous location. So, they embraced this surge in demand positively and embarked on a new journey to move location permanently. Typically, Leisure Pools had to look for a bigger space that would accommodate all their customer orders.

Large storage space

The 70,000 square-foot building was a former location for the famous Parker Chomerics. This company is a glass dealer for aviation instruments. Parker Chomerics inhabited the South Millville location for over 40 years. Now, they have moved to Boston for a new cooperate consolidation. Alex Gonzalez, the CMO of Leisure Pools, reports that this new space will be extremely useful. This is because the company is currently responsible for selling three pool lines. So, the bigger the space, the better. Also, since the new space has ample outdoor space, they will have sufficient storage space for all pools. The outdoor space in the new location can accommodate pools that are up to 40 feet high.

The new space will lower the shipping costs for dealers and, in turn, lower pool prices. Gonzalez also continues to say, “Leisure Pools is proud to announce that it has bought the property. Also, our company desires to work with around 15 to 20 people.”

Established over 20 years ago, Leisure Pools construct quality fiberglass pools, spas, and tanning ledges. The company operates both locally and internationally.

In addition, our pools enable homeowners to enjoy privacy and convenience when swimming.

At Leisure Pools, our experts are highly committed to delivering quality pools that offer enjoyment and relaxation. We also focus on helping families create more memories with their loved ones. We do all this by installing quality pools and transforming outdoor spaces into premium havens

President & CEO of Leisure Pools, David Pain

Pain proceeds to say that the only way they can achieve all this as a company is if they have a good working space. And that’s why they sought a larger facility. This new facility enables them to create more pools and cater to a larger customer base on the East Coast. Also, through this location, the company is able to facilitate faster distribution of products to their clients.

World-class pool professionals

Leisure Pools is lucky enough to have a strong support staff. The pool experts at Leisure Pools are hardworking and dedicated to delivering nothing but quality. Pain eventually says, “We are more than determined to showcase our prowess to the world. Our swimming pools are of high quality, and people will undoubtedly be happy with our services.”

Not so long ago, the Leisure Pools got approved for the Advantage Jobs Rebate Program by the Mississippi Development Authority. This program is technically for companies that offer job opportunities that surpass the average yearly wage. So, Leisure Pools is indisputably a reputable pool construction company in the United States. Working with them either as a client or employee is a privilege.

Since Leisure Pools got listed on the Advantage Jobs Rebate Program, they received many new manufacturing jobs along the East Coast region. Thus, the company was able to start the new year on a high note.

John Rounsaville, MDA Executive Director, says, “One of the major objectives of their company is to create new job opportunities to improve the living standards of individuals. And we are grateful to the Pearl River County Economic Development for working with us. They have played a huge role in helping us achieve this mission.”

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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 mpacker@poolmagazine.com your story idea.

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Rise of the Virtual Pool Inspection

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In the wake of Covid-19, an entirely new cottage industry has popped up. Virtual pool inspections are becoming increasingly popular in the state of Florida, where new legislature recently enacted now means pool inspections can be done remotely.

Traditionally pool inspections are performed by certified pool inspectors or home inspectors that are able to submit an official report about the overall condition of the home owners pool and equipment. Pool inspections are vital as they are used to determine if pools comply with local building and safety regulations. These inspection reports also help home buyers and homeowners identify any potential safety hazards or repairs that need to be made.

A white-hot market for the construction of swimming pools has seen the demand for these services dramatically increase. The process of getting an inspection done traditionally involved scheduling a date and time for the inspector to come out to visit the job site.

Changes in Legislation Open The Industry To Virtual Pool Inspections

Changes to Florida legislation were recently made to streamline that process. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, a bottleneck began to occur for many builders. An incredible backlog of requests for inspections and a drastically reduced number of inspectors who were available to perform them helped ease the pathway for legislation to allow virtual pool inspections.

The need for virtual inspections increased as the pandemic created hurdles for inspectors and builders.
The need for virtual inspections increased as the pandemic created hurdles for inspectors and builders. Photo Credit: ICC

Why the need for Virtual Inspections?

Recent changes to Section 553.79, allowed a “state or local enforcement agency” to “perform virtual inspections”. Starting on July 1, 2021, SB 1382 now requires building authorities to allow virtual inspections to be performed remotely and submitted electronically. 

As the Sunshine state adjusts to the new rules and regulations regarding inspections, one firm recently has emerged as a leading service provider. We sat down with Inspected.com President – Anthony Perera to find out more about their offering and how they are looking to partner with the pool industry.

Utilizing New Technology in the Field

As we now enter our second year of the pandemic, people have adjusted to doing business virtually. Remote office workers became all too familiar with products like Zoom as they began to rely on these services to conduct business using video conferencing technology. The Inspected platform is based on a similar concept but is tied directly to the inspection process.

“We developed a patent-pending technology that geolocates the conference call to a specific job site,” said Perera, “we realized that with the passing of all these laws and with these new house bills that municipalities were allowing third-party providers to perform single-trade inspections around the country. That’s kind of how and why Inspected was born.”

Perera who was an HVAC contractor by trade has rolled out an impressive platform allowing virtual inspections to occur remotely. “We essentially replace the city inspector on job sites,” said Perera, “Gone are the days when you would get to a certain stage in that pool inspection, and would have to stop the project and call up the city inspector to do that inspection; we’re able to do that in real-time now.”

Streamlining the Inspection Process for Pool Builders

The technology will greatly streamline the process for builders as well says Perera, “The efficiencies we create are when that crew is at that phase in the project, they can join one of our licensed inspectors virtually at that specific time and we’ll be there for them to do an inspection on their behalf.”

Virtual inspection platforms aim to streamline the process for builders.
Virtual inspection platforms aim to streamline the process for builders. Photo Credit: Inspected.com

What’s Different About Virtual Pool Inspections?

One of the biggest differences between a regular pool inspection and a virtual pool inspection is obviously that the inspector is not physically on-site. “The contractor becomes the avatar for our inspector,” said Perera, “We have our checklist based on the municipality, of the items we have to inspect. We run through the checklists, take the photos, and perform the proper documentation to ensure all of the code standards have been met.”

During a virtual pool inspection, the process is very similar to what would normally be conducted in an on-site inspection says Perera. “Our inspectors are driving the contractor around the job site and telling them, show me this, show me that and at the same time documenting all of these processes.”

Benefits of Virtual Pool Inspections

Perera feels this is a more thorough documentation process than what would typically occur in an on-site inspection. A physical inspection occurring visually relies on the inspector to write a report based on their inspection. Conversely, during a virtual pool inspection, all of the video, photos, and the entire session of the inspection are actively stored in the cloud. One of the more unique aspects of Inspected.com’s proprietary video conferencing platform is its ability to geolocate each inspection session. What this effectively does is correlate all of the data collected in the virtual inspection to a physical address.

Why Builders May Consider Moving Towards a Virtual Inspection Platform

One of the biggest benefits of moving towards a virtual inspection platform is accessibility in terms of setting an appointment on a more flexible schedule than builders are accustomed to. Perera says the average amount of time to perform a virtual inspection on their platform is approximately 10 minutes which is substantially shorter than an in-person inspection. Another key benefit is that the reporting is still coming from trusted and vetted inspectors, says Perera, who mentioned that all of Inspected.com’s inspectors are either ICC certified or state-certified.

Ultimately, Perera says virtual inspections create a more seamless process for builders and expects mass adoption soon. While not available everywhere, virtual inspections are slowly being introduced to different cities, states, and municipalities. Here is some information about what some jurisdictions are doing to adapt virtual inspections.

Listen to our whole conversation with Anthony Perera and find out how Inspected.com is looking to partner with the pool industry as their virtual inspection platform of choice.

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Claffey Pools Acquired by Riverbend Sandler Pools

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Claffey Pools Acquired by Riverbend Sandler Pools

The pool industry has seen a spate of recent acquisition announcements. The latest, being the recent acquisition of Claffey pools by Riverbend Sandler Pools. Backed by Chicago-based Concentric Equity Partners, they are continuing efforts to consolidate the swimming pool construction and maintenance industry in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.

The acquisition agreement was signed on December 31, 2021 but only made public on Thursday. Full details about the exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.

This marks the third major pool builder purchased by the holding company, after acquiring Pulliam Pools back in November. The acquisition of the Fort Worth-based firm made it one of the nation’s largest pool construction companies.

This recent acquisition of Claffey Pools which is ranked within the nations top pool construction companies with about $32 million in reported residential construction revenue in 2020. A builder of high-end inground swimming pools, Claffey’s average pool project costs around $142,000.

Riverbend Sandler intends to make considerable advancements by acquiring existing service and maintenance companies, in addition to focusing on construction. Consequently, they hope to become a key service provider in the state’s pool service and maintenance sector.

This in itself appears to be a key decision point for the Claffeys who are looking to expand their pool service and maintenance divisions. Last year’s Texas Pool freeze caused unprecedented amounts of damage across the Lone Star state and saw Claffey perform over 1,000 repairs as a result.

In regards to any restructuring of the organization, the Claffeys, along with their 95 employees, will remain with the company. Riverbend Sandler has announced its intentions to continue its expansion. It will continue to concentrate on Texas, for the time being, looking seriously to expand into the Austin, Houston, and San Antonio markets after having established the predominant marketshare in the Dallas area.

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GENESIS Announces Newest Platinum Sponsor: Pool Magazine

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GENESIS Platinum Sponsor - Pool Magazine

(Alexandria, Va.) – GENESIS is pleased to announce its newest Platinum Sponsor, Pool Magazine. The GENESIS sponsorship program showcases companies that are dedicated to the highest standards of best practices, quality, and ethics in the pool and spa industry.

“We look forward to collaborating with PHTA and expanding our relationship as a Platinum Sponsor,” says Joe Trusty, CEO & Editor-in-Chief. “We are excited for this next chapter and look forward to making a positive impact on the industry.”

As a Platinum Sponsor, Pool Magazine will have the opportunity to maximize its brand visibility, connect with thousands of engaged industry professionals, and unlock valuable opportunities.

“We are delighted to add Pool Magazine to our distinguished list of Platinum Sponsors,” says Janay Rickwalder, Vice President of Communications and Public Relations of PHTA. “Pool Magazine has everything we look for in a partner: quality services that can benefit our members, an understanding of the importance of continuing education, and a finger on the pulse of industry trends. I am excited for this collaboration and to working together in 2022.”

For more information, please contact Janay Rickwalder, PHTA’s Vice President of Communications and Public Relations, at jrickwalder@phta.org or 703.357.3918.

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About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance 

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with nearly 3,500 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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