Service Industry News

For more than 29 years, Service Industry News has served as the voice of the pool and spa service professional. A twice monthly newspaper, the staff covers featured stories on equipment installation, trouble-shooting and repair; water chemistry and business issues facing the industry; and news pertaining to the interests of the pool and spa technician.

In addition to the newspaper, we have produced three technical books used throughout the industry as training and reference guides. The Professional Pool Technicians' Guide to ChlorineGuide to Alternative Sanitizers and the Guide to pH, Alkalinity, Water Testing and Water Balance are compiled from articles that originally appeared in our newspaper.

We've also updated and republished an industry classic on pool care, Charlie Taylor's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Pool Care. This light, easy-to understand and illustrated book has long been a part of any complete library on pool care. Now, it's also available in Spanish!

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39th Western Show set for March 9-11 in Long Beach, Calif.

With service technicians arriving in droves, Long Beach, California, is sure to be hopping this year at the 39th annual Western Pool and Spa Show taking place March 9-11 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Show organizers expect well over 10,000 service professionals and exhibitors. As one of the premier events in the pool and spa industry, it is no wonder.  

Vendors large and small will arrive from all over the country. The exhibit hall doors open on Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m., and continue to Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Attendees can look forward to 40 brand new classes on topics such as water chemistry, smart business practices, and equipment installation and repair. They’ve also added classes on topics relevant to California specifically,
including drought response and reverse osmosis.

Seminars are available to registered attendees, and will take place on Thursday, from 1 to 5:45 p.m., Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

As usual, the show will conclude with its tradition of awarding one lucky winner with a brand-new Dodge Ram half-ton pick-up.  For nearly 30 years, trucks have been awarded as the grand prize at the show.

This year, that lucky winner could be you! 

As is the tradition, the Western Show remains in the beautiful area of Long Beach. If you are not acquainted with this lovely area, here are just a few of the attractions that can make your trip more enjoyable.

Long Beach is just a short drive from all of Southern California’s major attractions: Hollywood Boulevard, the Getty Museum, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios and CityWalk, Magic Mountain, Catalina Island, the Santa Monica Pier and 3rd Street Promenade, the Long Beach Aquarium and much more. 

It’s plain to see there is plenty to do besides getting the best pool education package in the world. 

With a rail system and major airports, as well as the Long Beach transit system, getting to the show and these attractions is made easy. 

But there is really no need to venture far. The City of Long Beach has become a destination all on its own, with hundreds of sightseeing opportunities, shops and restaurants.

This year, Service Industry News proudly serves up some of Long Beach’s finest restaurants with great discounts for Western Show attendees.

Almost 20 fantastic Long Beach restaurants — from pizzeria’s bars and coffee shops to first-class fine dining venues — are offering convention badge discounts.

For a complete list of participating locations, see page 5 in this issue specil Western Show issue.

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