After having installed 84 fiberglass pools in 2011, and with sales currently better than ever, we at River Pools and Spas are looking to increase our production capabilities for 2012. In order to reach our goal of 120 fiberglass pool installations, our current plan is to add an additional crew to offset the additional workload.
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I’ve been debating over whether to write this article but there are times when I see things happening in the swimming pool industry, good and bad, that prompt me to take action. And in this case, although this article might miff a few of the ‘big boys’, it’s time for a huge paradigm shift to occur within an industry that I’ve spent thousands of hours on over the past 10 years.
Although I really hate using this blog for anything other than giving out great education and tips to swimming pool shoppers and owners, occasionally I have to make an announcement here or there, as I am doing today.
First it was Coca-Cola.
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This coming week, Jim, Jason, and myself will be attending the annual National Pool/Spa/Patio Show held in Las Vegas. As always, we're excited for this event and the opportunity to meet/chat with many of the pool/spa professionals we have formed relationships with over the years. Regarding the show though, I wanted to mention a few things:
In interesting industry news, Viking Pools/Latham International has purchased Blue Hawaiian pools. For those of you unfamiliar with BH, they have plants in Florida and North Carolina and have been a significant manufacturer of fiberglass swimming pools for quite a few years now. This news was confirmed to me yesterday by more than one current BH dealer and the transition appears to be happening over the coming month or so.
In a stunning turn of events, Latham Manufacturing Corp, who is the largest manufacturer of inground pools in North America, as well as the parent company of Viking Fiberglass Pools (Viking Pools) and Composite Pool Corporation (CPC), has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. Such is major news in the fiberglass pool industry, considering Viking Pools is one of the most well known fiberglass pool manufacturers in the country.
With the slow economy having such a major impact on the swimming pool industry, it was only a matter of time before fiberglass pool manufacturers started following suit to many pool builders, who are already, or are soon to be, going out of business. Such is the case with Ocean Reef Fiberglass Pools. Although there have been rumors regarding the future of Ocean Reef for some months now, my sources within the industry have confirmed that the company has ceased operations. Also, their previous website: http://www.oceanreefpools.com/ no longer appears to be working.
Having been in the swimming pool industry for eight years now and after having installed about 600 fiberglass pools of various manufacturers, the owners of River Pools and Spas have made tremendous efforts to educate the swimming pool consumer community over the years. 4 months ago though, when these owners decided to start a swimming pool education blog, they had no idea of the impact it would have on their website. Nor did they realize the general impact it would have on the fiberglass pool industry.