ZODIAC EXPANDS PREMIUM PRODUCT PORTFOLIO WITH ACQUISITION OF GRAND EFFECTS

Custom outdoor decorative fire and water features added to industry-leading product lineup

SAN DIEGO - Oct. 2, 2017 - Zodiac Pool Systems LLC (Zodiac), a leading manufacturer of automatic pool cleaners, pool equipment and connected pool solutions, has closed the acquisition of California-based Grand Effects and its portfolio of industry-leading custom outdoor fire and water combination features. The addition of Grand Effects to Zodiac’s family of premium brands further expands its lineup of pool and spa products to deliver the perfect pool experience.

Grand Effects specializes in fire and water features for pools and spas, working exclusively with pool builders seeking stunning additions to their customers’ poolscapes. Grand Effects’ fire feature products include bowls, pits, tables and torches, while its water feature products include bowls, scuppers and plantiers. Grand Effects’ products are a central aesthetic element in the connected pool experience and are compatible with the app-based iAquaLink® pool control system.

"Grand Effects enhances our premium product offering to Zodiac customers and gives them added options to create an incredible backyard experience for pool owners," said Troy Franzen, Managing Director at Zodiac. "It's a great fit because our customers expect top-of-the-line innovative products, and that’s exactly what Grand Effects delivers."

Kevin Doud, founder of Grand Effects, will remain with Zodiac as Senior Vice President of the Grand Effects business. “We are extremely excited to partner with Zodiac. They are an industry leader and by joining forces, we’ll not only be able to expand and enhance our product line, but also be able to reach new markets,” said Doud.

Grand Effects is the latest in a series of strategic acquisitions by Zodiac to provide its customers an unparalleled number of premium pool products that ultimately enhance the pool owner’s comfort, enjoyment and peace of mind. Zodiac adds Grand Effects to its high-profile brand portfolio including Zodiac®, Jandy® Pro Series, Polaris®, iAquaLink®, Cover-Pools®, MagnaPool®, Caretaker™, SAVI® and Nature2®.

About Zodiac Pool Systems

Zodiac is a global provider of premium equipment and solutions for in-ground residential swimming pools and spas. The company has a rich heritage of innovation excellence dating back more than 100 years.

Zodiac Pool Systems LLC is a subsidiary of Zodiac Pool Solutions. The company's comprehensive product lines are marketed under the leading brand names of Zodiac, Polaris®, Jandy® Pro Series, Nature, Caretaker™, and Cover-Pools®. Zodiac is committed to designing and producing the most energy-efficient, innovative pool products and systems available. To learn more about Zodiac, visit www.zodiac.com or call 800-822-7933.

Media Contact:

Chancelor Shay
cshay@wrightoncomm.com
858-755-5411 ext. 5



Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Grand Effects?
Grand Effects is a custom manufacturer of premium fire and water features for both residential and commercial markets throughout the US. They are located in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. More information about their product lines can be found at grandeffectsinc.com

Will I experience any immediate disruption to my existing orders as Grand Effects transitions to ownership under Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.?
You should not experience any disruption to your normal course of business with Grand Effects during this transition. Zodiac and Grand Effects are taking great care to ensure a smooth process for our customers so that you can proceed in a "business as usual" manner. Over time Zodiac will more fully integrate Grand Effects into its operations to better serve your needs on a daily basis, and as that integration takes place we will notify you of any changes.

Who should I contact for service or warranty issues on Grand Effects products?
Until further notice, please contact Grand Effects as you normally would for any service or technical support matter. We will notify customers in advance if and when any changes are made to the warranty process

Will the warranty on Grand Effects products change?
At this time, Grand Effects products will maintain their existing warranty.

Who will handle field service work on Grand Effects products?
We are in the process of evaluating Grand Effects’ integration into the Zodiac Service operation; however, until further notice, Grand Effects will manage service work though its Authorized Service Centers. Grand Effects Authorized Service Centers can be found here.

Who should I contact to place an order for a Grand Effects product?
Until further notice, all orders should continue to be placed through Grand Effects in the same manner you are already accustomed to. If you are new to Grand Effects, you can place orders by phone at (949) 697-5270.

How do I contact Grand Effects if I have a general question or would like to have some literature sent to me?
You can contact Grand Effects by phone at (949) 697-5270 or email at info@grandeffectsinc.com.

Will anything change regarding how I pay or submit invoices to Grand Effects?
Until further notice, you can continue to send payments and/or invoices to Grand Effects as you normally would.

Will I still be able to email my contact at Grand Effects at the same email address?
You can continue to reach out to Grand Effects employees as you normally would.

Will I be able to buy Grand Effects Products through distribution?
We are evaluating opportunities to expand the distribution of Grand Effects products; however, until further notice, you should continue placing orders directly through Grand Effects. A sales map divided by region can be found here.

Will there be any changes to Zodiac loyalty programs or pricing?
At present, there are no plans to make changes.