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As it prepares to mark 90 years of business in June, Haviland Enterprises, Inc. a manufacturer and distributor of specialty and commodity chemistry, in partnership with Erhardt Construction and Progressive A&E, announced the launch of its new $7 million laboratory in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The 11,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in 2025 and will provide the space required to advance product development and pilot new formulations within Haviland’s core markets. The company is pursuing growth in the water treatment market as water conservation efforts expand nationally. See also Haviland is employee-owned and operated through an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).  “Haviland’s success is a reflection of our ESOP culture,” says Meg Post, president and CEO. “Our employees take immense pride in their jobs and work extremely hard to create value for our customers, employee-owners and communities.”
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Standards Consensus Committee announced the appointment of six new voting members. The committee is PHTA’s official consensus voting body, responsible for reviewing and voting on all pool and hot tub standards to be approved by the American National Standards Institute. The committee’s six new voting members are: John Broughton is the aquatics operations and maintenance manager for Tropic Falls at OWA in Foley, Alabama. He has worked in the aquatics industry for more than 20 years in both operations and maintenance and has experience in the construction and opening of major waterparks. Sarah Cheshire is an environmental health specialist for the Utah Department of Health and Human Services in Providence, Utah. She holds a Bachelor of Science in human movement services from Utah State University and is a registered environmental health scientist. Sung Choe, general interest Sung Choe is the manager of standards development at IAPMO in Ontario, California. He earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Michigan State University. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code. See also Lisa Reiheld is the director of PMG technical resources at the International Code Council in Loudonville, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. One of her areas of specialization is the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, and she is involved with the ICC Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Group. James Rumen, P.E., general interest James Rumen, P.E., is the owner of RJR Engineering Co. in Tuckerton, New Jersey. He is a Certified Pool & Spa Operator, a Master Plumber and a Professional Engineer with 25 years of experience building and renovating commercial swimming pools. Stephanie Shook is the senior manager of aquatics and instructors at American National Red Cross in Stafford, Virginia. She has written articles for numerous publications and has presented at more than 25 industry conferences for organizations including the National Recreation and Park Association and National Drowning Prevention Alliance. For more information, visit or contact
RB Retail & ServiceSolutions has released its new EZ SHOP app that provides scan-and-go shopping to in-store customers. It can be downloaded from a QR code and allows customers to log in and view past orders and transaction histories, create shopping lists and scan the products they need as they walk through the store. The app will sync with any discounts and can be programmed with specials such as BOGO items. To learn more or to schedule an online demo, call or visit

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