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FAST GROWTH FOR US POOL COMPANY ASP – America’s Swimming Pool Company, the nation’s largest swimming pool maintenance and repair company, has been ranked on the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 list at number 2,063. The 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000 list is an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent entrepreneurs, and the achievements they have made.

“Being named one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing companies is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of our franchise owners,” said Stewart Vernon, Founder and CEO of ASP. “Their hard work, drive and dedication to providing swimming pool solutions at economical prices has been instrumental to ASP’s overall year-over- year revenue growth. We look forward to working towards our goal of dominating the swimming pool industry, one market at a time.”

APSP AIMS TO BRING TOGETHER US INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) has announced a plan to bring industry organisations together in an attempt to create focus and possibly combine resources. “This is a fairly small

industry, and it’s really amazing how many different groups are out there trying to represent it from some aspect,” APSP President Rich Gottwald said, adding: “I don’t see a lot of collaboration and discussion between the groups. My goal is to begin to do that, and get people talking to each other and moving in the same direction.” The association expects to host a meeting in the first half of 2015 to discuss the proposal further. POOLCORP Expands Into Australian Market

Pool Corporation announced at the start of August that it has completed a transaction that will expand its global presence into Australia. In a multi-faceted deal, POOLCORP purchased a majority interest in Pool Systems Pty. Ltd (Pool Systems), a Brisbane-based distributor of swimming pool and spa equipment, accessories and leisure products throughout Australia. As part of this transaction, Pool Systems acquired Niagara Pool Supplies (Niagara), a Sydney- based distributor of pool products. “We are excited by the opportunities this transaction presents. This is an important investment in the large Australia pool market. Pool Systems has a national presence, broad market penetration and is an established distributor with proven sourcing relationships. Niagara is a longstanding distributor of pool products in New South Wales and its distribution relationships will be a key to our success in this new venture. This is a chance for us to pursue the opportunity to provide value as a value-add distributor and

build a network to serve professional trade and retail customers,” said Manny Perez de la Mesa, POOLCORP’s President and CEO. “I truly believe that this transaction is beneficial not only for Pool Systems’ growth over the long-term, but for the Australian swimming pool market as a whole. The investment by POOLCORP demonstrates their confidence in this market and to a greater degree, their commitment to the industry,” added Adrian Wischer, Pool Systems’ Director.

Pool Corporation is the largest wholesale distributor of swimming pool and related backyard products. Currently, POOLCORP operates 329 sales centres in North America, Europe, South America and Australia, through which it distributes more than 160,000 national brand and private label products to more than 80,000 wholesale customers.

Biggest Ever Aussie Pool And Spa Trade Show

The 2014 SPLASH! Pool & Spa Trade Show has proven to be the biggest and best ever held. More than 2,000 visitors came to see the 105 exhibits and participate in the extensive education programme including the first ever World Aquatic Health Conference held outside the United States.

A wide range of visitors attended, including pool builders, service technicians, retailers, landscapers, wholesalers, distributors, architects, sports and aquatic centre management, government, construction managers and engineers.

The visitors came from every state of Australia plus New Zealand, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, UAE and the USA. The exhibitors also had an international flavour including companies from Singapore, China, the United States, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Belgium and the UK. Interpoint Managing Director Simon Cooper says the 2014 event was the biggest and most diverse pool and spa trade show ever held in Australia.

“We had more than 100 exhibitors and more than 2,000 visitors, making it the biggest pool and spa trade show we’ve run. What’s more, an even more diverse range of delegates than usual attended thanks to a number of the related SPLASH! Week events including the World Aquatic Health Conference, the ALFA Queensland Conference, the Certificate III and IV training, the big combined awards night, and several conferences and forums organised by industry

organisations and suppliers, many of which involved bringing in senior representatives from overseas.

“In all, we’re extremely pleased with the week and the feedback I’ve received is that the trade show visitors, conference delegates and exhibitors all found the experience highly rewarding and profitable.” The next SPLASH! expos are Piscine SPLASH! Asia from 20-21 May 2015 in Singapore and SPLASH! NZ in Auckland from 21-23 June 2015.

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