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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Celebrate Western Pool & Spa Show's 40th Anniversary in Long Beach March 15-17

The Western Pool and Spa Show is celebrating its 40th anniversary and is thrilled for the decades of support from countless service professionals, builders, manufacturers, and distributors.

Returning to its regular venue, the show will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center from Thursday, March 15 through Saturday, March 17.

For many in the pool and spa industry, the Western Show marks the end of the trade show season, and the beginning of regular pool maintenance and repair. Spring is in the air and it is time to pull off those pool covers and get back to the brass tacks of ensuring customers’ equipment is in good working order and resuming a more rigorous water chemistry schedule.

What better time to brush up on the latest best practices and learn about cutting-edge equipment? Because if there is one thing the Western Show has in spades, it is a superb educational track. With 79 classes this year, it may be the education alone that attracts the droves of industry professionals every year. The show boasts 40 brand new classes on topics as diverse as beginning construction, bonding and grounding, and advanced water chemistry. It also features essential classes for both beginners and those wishing to become reacquainted with the basics. And for Spanish speakers, 15 classes have been added to the schedule.

The sheer volume of classes is what Western Show organizers are proud of.

“You’ve got to open it up…You’ve got to open up education, and you’ve got to open up other language classes. And that’s what we started big this year,” said Western Show President Glen Knecht.

Seminars take place 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.

The exhibit hall opens on Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, from 2 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Be sure to stay till the very end: once again, the show will give away a brand-new Dodge Ram pick-up. 

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