Latham Pool Products, Inc. Elects James E. Cline (Trex) As Chairman

Former President & CEO of Trex Jim Cline has joined Latham Pool Products, Inc. as Chairman of the Board.

LATHAM, N.Y. (PRWEB) January 25, 2021 – The Board of Latham Pool Products, Inc. (“Latham” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that James (Jim) E. Cline has been elected to Chairman of the Board. Mr. Cline succeeded former Chairman Mark Laven, who will continue as a Director and has been elected Vice Chairman.

James ClineMr. Cline has served as a Non-Executive Director of Latham since March 2019. From August 2015 through April 2020, he was President and CEO of Trex Company, Inc. (“Trex”) and since April 2020 has served as Chairman of the Board. Trex is the world’s largest manufacturer and leading brand of high-performance, low maintenance outdoor living products, including composite decking, railing, deck lighting and steel deck framing. Mr. Cline has held a number of senior roles within the manufacturing industry, including with Harsco GasServ, the gas technologies business group of Harsco Corporation.

“Since joining our board in 2019, Jim has made instrumental contributions to Latham given his significant commercial expertise,” said Scott Rajeski, Chief Executive Officer of Latham. “Today we have grown into the world’s largest designer, manufacturer and marketer of residential in-ground swimming pools, and the clear leader in fiberglass. Jim’s strategic vision, proven leadership and experience helping companies capitalize on material conversion opportunities make him the ideal candidate to work with me to lead Latham into our next chapter of growth.”

Mr. Laven commented, “Jim has been a tremendous value add to the Latham Board. He is a respected industry leader with an incredible track record in growing Trex’s business into the industry’s undisputed global leader, and we look forward to continuing to benefit from his deep expertise.”

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Cline said, “I am thrilled to continue to serve on the Latham board in this new capacity. With its unique direct-to-homeowner model and leading suite of digital technologies, Latham has an exciting opportunity to further capitalize the material conversion to fiberglass pools.”

Mr. Laven, whose family founded Latham nearly 65 years ago, joined the Company in 1975 to help grow the business. He has been integral to building Latham’s overall position in the industry, having served in many leadership roles, most recently as President of Latham from 2001 to 2017. He been on the Board since 2001.

About Latham Pool Products, Inc.

Latham is the largest provider of residential in-ground pools and accessories in the world with over six decades of experience. Every day, families in North America, Europe and Australia enjoy the Latham pool experience, and each year, thousands more join them. When it comes to quality, selection, simplicity and support, Latham is The Pool Company.

From fiberglass pools in more than 50 shapes and 12 brilliant colors to vinyl liner pools and automatic safety covers, Latham is only pool brand who has developed a unique direct-to-homeowner model that creates a superior pool buying experience for the consumer and delivers purchase ready leads to their dealer partners. Digital tools like the Latham Liner Visualizer and the Fiberglass AR app give homeowners innovative resources to build the backyard of their dreams.

As of December 2018, Pamplona Capital Management has a controlling interest in Latham Pool Products, Inc., and Wynnchurch Capital is a significant investor in the Company. Pamplona, Wynnchurch, management and the founding family have partnered to position the business for meaningful growth, innovation, and international expansion.

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Emily Connor has eyes on safety around the globe for Latham Pool Products

EmilyFinger lacerations, eye injuries, safe chemical handling, hurricanes and wildfires are all part of Connor’s job description. It is her responsibility to help plant managers and safety teams draw up plans to keep injuries and damages to a minimum.

Read more at the Albany Business Review: https://www.bizjournals.com/albany/news/2020/10/22/emily-connor-safety-latham-pool-products.html

Latham Pool Products’ chairman and CEO on making tough decisions and creating a culture

Mark Laven and Scott Rajeski“Whether it was the janitor, the person answering the phone, the person that would greet you at the front door … right up to the CEO or a board member, I always made sure I treated every person the same,” he said. “I didn’t try to differentiate someone based on the level they were at in the organization. And I think that means a lot when you can do that. And I think that’s really helped me with what I’ve done here at Latham.”

Read more at the Albany Business Review here: https://www.bizjournals.com/albany/news/2020/11/05/lessons-of-leadership-latham-pool.html

Latham Pool Products adds a factory and new brand with GLI partnership

GLI Pool Products logoLatham Pool Products and its majority investor have joined forces with pool liner and cover manufacturer GLI Pool Products of Youngstown, Ohio.

The agreement adds a factory, 340 employees and the GLI brand to the Latham Pool Product portfolio that already ranks as the largest swimming pool maker in the world.

Read more at the Albany Business Review here: https://www.bizjournals.com/albany/news/2020/10/30/latham-pool-products-gli-pool-products.html

GLI POOL PRODUCTS EMBARKS UPON STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH LATHAM POOL PRODUCTS

New York, NY: [OCTOBER 22, 2020] – GLI Pool Products announced today that they have joined the Pamplona Capital Management (“Pamplona”) portfolio of companies. Pamplona is also the majority investor in Latham Pool Products, North America’s largest provider of inground residential swimming pools and accessories.

The Youngstown, Ohio-based GLI is a known service leader in shipping custom inground swimming pool liners and safety covers. GLI is a long-standing, valued brand with a recognized commitment to excellence.

“For years, I have sought to ensure that GLI and our associates would continue to thrive long into the future,” said GLI Pool Products owner Gary Crandall, “I have found the right partner to maintain and accelerate our positive trajectory.”

GLI and Latham will operate independently, though they will leverage shared technology and best practices in order to provide the best customer experience.

“Gary Crandall has built an outstanding organization,” said Latham CEO Scott Rajeski, “We look forward to our relationship with GLI and all the possibilities it presents.”

About GLI Pool Products:

GLI Pool Products is a privately held and locally owned manufacturer. They currently employ over 340 people operating three shifts within their Youngstown facility. GLI utilizes lean manufacturing processes to manufacture and ship custom pool liners and safety covers worldwide.

GLI is committed to delivering their products, particularly custom pool liners and safety covers, quickly and professionally. Predictably fast and flawless delivery in a seasonal business is a service that customers come to rely on for planning their business with GLI. They combine this with a blend of consumer and trade marketing programs that are targeted at incremental profit enhancement.

A majority of GLI’s products are sold through approximately 450 wholesale pool distributors and 1,500 swimming pool retailers/dealers/builders/service companies.

About Latham Pool Products Inc.:

Latham is the largest provider of residential inground pools and accessories in the world with over six decades of experience. Every day, families in North America, Europe and Australia enjoy the Latham pool experience, and each year, thousands more join them. When it comes to quality, selection, simplicity and support, Latham is The Pool Company.

From fiberglass pools in more than 50 shapes and 12 brilliant colors to vinyl liner pools and automatic safety covers, Latham pools are backed better because they’re built better. Digital tools like the Latham Liner Visualizer and the fiberglass AR app give homeowners innovative resources to build the backyard of their dreams.

As of December 2018, Pamplona Capital Management has a controlling interest in Latham Pool Products, Inc., and Wynnchurch Capital is a significant investor in the Company. Pamplona, Wynnchurch, management, and the founding family have partnered to position the business for meaningful growth, innovation, and international expansion.

About Pamplona Capital Management:

Pamplona Capital Management is a specialist investment manager established in 2005 that provides an alternative investment platform across private equity and other diversified strategies.

About Wynnchurch Capital:

Wynnchurch Capital, L.P., headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, with offices in California and Canada, was founded in 1999, and is a leading middle-market private equity investment firm. Wynnchurch’s strategy is to partner with middle market companies in the United States and Canada that possess the potential for substantial growth and profit improvement. Wynnchurch manages a number of private equity funds with $4.2 billion of committed capital under management and specializes in recapitalizations, growth capital, management buyouts, corporate carve-outs and restructurings.

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Latham Pool Products, Inc.

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Latham Pool to Hire 40 Additional Production Workers in Jane Lew

Latham Pool to Hire 40 Additional WorkersDelegates Patrick Martin, R-Lewis, and Ben Queen, R-Harrison, today praised Lewis County manufacturer Latham Pool Products for its plans to hire 40 additional production jobs at its Jane Lew facility.

“This is tremendous news for our region,” said Delegate Martin, who also serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Industry and Labor Committee. “This is a very tough time for businesses everywhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I’m glad and proud this local business is not only doing great, but thriving and investing further in our community.”

With no end to demand in sight, pool makers look to hire hundreds of people

Pool Makers Hire ThousandsCOLONIE — There is a silver lining in the current pandemic-driven economy.

Actually, make it a fiberglass or vinyl pool lining.

In an example of how COVID-19 is rearranging the economy and job market, a Capital Region pool manufacturer says it can’t hire people fast enough to keep up with the backlogged demand for swimming pools.

“Our view is this pool boom is not going to slow down,” said Scott Rajeski, president and CEO of Latham Pools, one of the nation’s largest makers of vinyl and fiberglass pools.

Pools are hotter than summer

Swimming Pools Hotter This SummerWhen the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Scott Rajeski and Latham Pool Products saw a 75% drop in business that lasted from mid-March to mid-April.

“New Zealand was shut down. Australia was shut down. Canada was shut down. The Northeast was shut down,” Rajeski said. “Fifty-plus percent of our business, there was no activity happening. … We stopped hiring. We stopped travel. We started looking at cost cuts. And we talked about slowing the factories down. It was playbook 101 for what to do in a downturn.”

A month later, the chief executive of the world’s largest swimming pool manufacturing company reversed course. Instead of winding down to survive a rough year, Rajeski had to calculate how many production workers to hire to keep up with demand.

Latham Pool named Healthiest Employer

Latham Pool Receives Healthiest Employer AwardFrom the Albany Business Review:

Latham Pool Products Inc.

Industry: Swimming pool and parts manufacturer

Top local executive: Scott Rajeski, president and CEO

Employees: 300 in the region

What does Latham Pool Products do to foster the health and well-being of its employees? We have several programs, from our culture club activities and monthly wellness topics to our quarterly newsletters and recognition of employee birthdays and work anniversaries.

How much effort does your company put into occupational health and safety programs? Our safety team works closely with our insurance team, constantly reviewing safety metrics and creating new initiatives. As a result, we have seen a reduction in workplace injuries.

Does Latham Pool Products offer incentives to employees who take part in company wellness programs? Latham offers an annual medical reduction incentive for employees who complete a biometric screening and complete a health reimbursement account questionnaire. We also offer Virgin Pulse Global Challenge for top contenders in our walking challenges.

What portion of your workforce is involved in company wellness and health programs? Latham has roughly 37% of its population participate in the wellness initiatives. We also feature monthly wellness promotions. Recently, we conducted a “blue day” to honor men’s health month. For every employee wearing a blue shirt, our chief executive Scott Rajeski agreed to donate $5 to the Canadian Cancer Society or Zero-Men’s Prostrate Cancer.

COO hire caps transformation of Latham Pool Products senior leadership team

Jeff Leake of Latham PoolLatham Pool Products has recruited Jeff Leake, a former executive vice president with Curt Manufacturing of Wisconsin, as its new chief operating officer overseeing manufacturing, supply chain and logistics.

The hiring of Leake marks the sixth addition to the senior leadership team of the world’s largest in-ground swimming pool maker in the past 19 months.

Chief executive Scott Rajeski has brought in a new chief marketing officer, chief information officer, chief financial officer, chief commercial officer, chief of staff and chief operating officer since November 2018.

Latham Pool Products Receives 2020 Healthiest Employer Award

LATHAM POOL PRODUCTS RECEIVES 2020 HEALTHIEST EMPLOYER AWARD

The company is among a distinguished group of Capital Region businesses to be awarded by the Albany Business Review’s annual program

(Latham, NY – July 1, 2020)Latham Pool Products is proud to announce it is the recipient of the 2020 “Healthiest Employers” award presented by the Albany Business Review, along with a select group of distinguished businesses in the Capital Region. Latham has cultivated a work culture and environment that are not only results oriented, but at their core, prioritize the health and wellbeing of its employees.

According to the publication, “Honorees have spent years focusing on wellness in the office — and the tangible benefits of those efforts, particularly when it comes to recruiting and retaining talent.” Latham’s numerous wellness initiatives include culture club activities, walking challenges, and a monthly wellness theme, with nearly 37% of its population participating in these initiatives. Latham also features monthly wellness promotions to support important health awareness campaigns like the company’s recent “Wear Blue Day” to recognize Men’s health Month, benefiting the Canadian Cancer Society and Zero-Men’s Prostate Cancer foundation.

The company is proud to offer employees an annual medical reduction incentive, and also offers Virgin Pulse GC for top contenders in walking challenges. “At Latham, we encourage our employees to participate in walking challenges, healthy eating and habits and safety programs,” said Scott Rajeski, Latham president and CEO. “Creating a culture where happy, healthy employees are the cornerstone improves attendance, increases morale, reduces injuries and helps us meet our customer needs.”

Recipients of the award are judged based upon six categories; culture & leadership commitment, foundational components, communication & marketing, programming & interventions, and reporting & analytics. Scoring and benchmarking were formed with the help of a national, non-biased group of representatives from the academic, medical, wellness and business communities.

The program is sponsored by BlueShield of Northeastern New York, Ellis Medicine and GTM Payroll Services.

 

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About Latham Pool Products Inc.

Latham is the largest manufacturer of residential inground pools and accessories in the world

with over six decades of experience at the center of the backyard lifestyle. Every day, families in

North America, Europe and Australia enjoy the Latham pool experience. And each year, thousands more join them. When it comes to quality, selection, simplicity and support, Latham is The Pool Company.

Latham has been a leader in the development of pool safety code and a champion of ensuring safety. Latham fiberglass pools adhere to standards set in place by the PHTA (Pool and Hot Tub Alliance) and ICC (International Code Council) notably the ANSI/APSP/ICC-5 (American National Standard for Residential Inground Swimming Pools), ANSI/APSP/ICC-7 (American National Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance in Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, and Catch Basins) and the 2018 ISPSC. (International Swimming Pool and Spa Code). These standards provide guidance in construction practices as well as guidance to help ensure the safest experience possible.

As of December 2018, Pamplona Capital Management has a controlling interest in Latham Pool Products, Inc., and Wynnchurch Capital is a significant investor in the Company. Pamplona, Wynnchurch, management, and the founding family have partnered to position the business for meaningful growth, innovation, and international expansion.

 

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Pool sales making a splash during quarantine

Pool Sales Make a Splash During QuaraniteSARATOGA SPRINGS – Normally, the Perry kids would spend the summer playing baseball, going to camp and making weekend trips to their family’s cottage in Vermont. But because of COVID-19, their baseball season is on hold, camps are canceled and Vermont is off limits for now. Lucky for them, they have a new pool.

The Perry family — parents Kyle and Jen, and their sons, aged 12 and 9 — bought a pool from Concord Pools and Spas just before the COVID-19 shutdowns began. Installation was underway when non-essential businesses, pool installers among them, were shut down. Work was allowed to continue at the Perrys’ house on Phila Street because leaving it unfinished would have been unsafe. Kyle Perry said he watched the progress while working from home. The day a crane settled the new fiberglass pool into his backyard was a welcome distraction for his family and their neighbors in the early days of the quarantine.

Latham Pool Products Aids I2m In Providing Ppe To Front-Line Medical Workers

Latham Pool Products Aids I2m In Providing Ppe To Front-Line Medical Workers
Latham to help manufacture 25,000 polymer film gowns that will be worn by doctors and nurses

ALBANY, NY, May 20, 2020Latham Pool Products Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of inground residential swimming pools and accessories, is excited to give back to the community in a collaborative effort to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line healthcare workers.

Latham has partnered with polymer film manufacturer i2M to assist in making reusable gowns for community hospitals battling the current global health crisis. Through their collaborative effort, Latham and i2M plan to produce and distribute 25,000 gowns, which will outfit doctors and nurses on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.

“The global health situation has impacted all of us in both our personal and professional lives,” said Scott Rajeski, Latham CEO. “At Latham, we realized that we had the tools and capability to quickly ramp up to help relief efforts. We are honored to help support those working on the front lines to save lives every day.”

“Our team believes that it is the responsibility of U.S. manufacturers to step up to the plate for our medical heroes and first responders,” said Alex Grover, Chief Operating Officer of i2M. “We are grateful for Latham’s dedication and partnership as we collaborate on this important initiative.”

After manufacturing the flexible polymer film material for the gowns in its Pennsylvania manufacturing plant, i2M shipped it to Latham to construct the gowns, which are long-sleeve, made of waterproof material, and generously sized for full coverage and flexibility. After an initial donation of 1,000 gowns to Geisinger Health Systems, i2M set a goal of manufacturing and distributing 10,000 additional gowns, which quickly grew to Latham’s production of a 25,000-gown order.

About Latham Pool Products Inc.
Latham is the largest manufacturer of inground pools in the world with over six decades of experience at the center of the backyard lifestyle. Every day, families in North America, Europe and Australia enjoy the Latham pool experience. And each year, thousands more join them. When it comes to quality, selection, simplicity, and support, Latham is The Pool Company. As of December 2018, Pamplona Capital Management has a controlling interest in Latham Pool Products, Inc., and Wynnchurch Capital is a significant investor in the Company. Pamplona, Wynnchurch, management, and the founding family have partnered to position the business for meaningful growth, innovation, and international expansion.

About i2M
i2M is a leading manufacturer of innovative polymer films. Our flexible performance and decorative products are foundational to a diverse array of industries including construction, packaging, medical, and automotive. We drive winning results for our customers by providing exceptional customer care and innovative products, executed with unmatched speed and agility.

Latham Pool Products Supports Anti-Drowning Initiatives During National Water Safety Month

Latham Pool Products Supports Anti-Drowning Initiatives During National Water Safety Month

Latham supports Colin’s Hope in their mission of education and prevention

ALBANY, NY, May 18, 2020Latham Pool Products Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of inground residential swimming pools and accessories, is pleased to further its partnership in support of Colin’s Hope during National Water Safety Month. Throughout the month of May, Latham will host collaborative social media events, including live discussions and instructional training. Through the vast reach of social media and the internet, Latham hopes to further draw attention to the mission of Colin’s Hope.

This is Latham’s second year sponsoring the Colin’s Hope water safety cards that are distributed to community organizations. The laminated cards feature life-saving tips for safer behavior around water, a link to the Colin’s Hope water safety quiz, and a detachable Water Guardian badge. The cards have language options for both English and Spanish speaking families and are available for a $1 donation.

The effort is part of Latham’s long-standing support of organizations and technology that promotes water safety. The mission of Texas-based Colin’s Hope is to raise water safety awareness to prevent children from drowning through its “Layers of Protection” pillars like education through water safety games, community events, and training programs.

“At Latham, we are strong advocates for water safety education and awareness,” said Joel Culp, Latham’s chief marketing officer. “We have always included important water safety information with all of our products, and partnering with Colin’s Hope during Water Safety Month elevates the topic extending our commitment to keeping loved ones safe, while enjoying water activities.”

The Latham-owned automatic pool safety cover company Coverstar manufactures highly engineered pool covers that promote pool safety and security. “It’s a natural partnership where the common goal is to keep children safer around water,” said Mark Smith, a Latham autocover product manager and Colin’s Hope liaison. “We make a product designed to add a barrier to swimming pools with a high degree of safety, and they focus on the education of parents on the best ways to prevent drownings. We are working together to get the message and education out there.”

About Latham Pool Products Inc. Latham is the largest manufacturer of inground pools in the world with over six decades of experience at the center of the backyard lifestyle. Every day, families in North America, Europe and Australia enjoy the Latham pool experience. And each year, thousands more join them. When it comes to quality, selection, simplicity, and support, Latham is The Pool Company. As of December 2018, Pamplona Capital Management has a controlling interest in Latham Pool Products, Inc., and Wynnchurch Capital is a significant investor in the Company. Pamplona, Wynnchurch, management, and the founding family have partnered to position the business for meaningful growth, innovation, and international expansion.

About Colin’s Hope

Colin’s Hope creates and supports programs that aid in preventing children from drowning. Despite numerous sources for water safety, the number of children who drown per year is staggering. Our mission of saving children from drowning is being achieved through increased water safety awareness and improved standards throughout the community. To learn more, visit www.ColinsHope.org.

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Latham Pools expands senior leadership team

Kaushal Dhruv of Latham PoolLatham Pool Products has appointed a former director of KPMG’s technology consulting practice to serve as chief information officer.

Kaushal Dhruv, who started his career with Philips Lighting before spending 16 years with Big Four accounting firm KPMG, joins a team that is focused on building the world’s largest pool manufacturer into a $500 million business in the next two years.

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