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Nidec Expands Neptune® Pool Pump Motor Line With New Option For Large Pools

Feb 04, 2024




The Neptune product line can now power pumps from small to large residential pools

ST. LOUIS, MO – July 12, 2023 – Pool contractors and service companies can now offer residential customers a complete line of energy-saving Neptune® pump motors, with the addition of a 3.45 HP designed for larger pools. The Neptune line from Nidec/U.S. MOTORS® features variable speed motors with integrated controls for energy efficiency and easy operation.

Designed to operate almost all brands of North American pumps for in-ground residential pools, the Neptune replacement motors are easy to install, with no complex wiring required. The motors comply with the latest requirements from the Department of Energy and California Energy Commission (which New York recently adopted), providing 80 percent or greater motor and control efficiency when operating at full speed.

When replacing an old single speed pump motor with a Neptune variable speed motor, pool customers can keep their properly functioning pump and quickly upgrade it into a much more energy-efficient product. Another customer bonus is that the motor is designed for quiet operation when programmed for slower speeds, adding to the serenity of the backyard pool experience. Sound levels are much reduced compared to a single speed motor.

The Neptune variable speed motor is easy to install and program. A Quick Start guide underneath the lid provides step-by-step instructions to ensure customers save energy and properly filter the pool. The Neptune comes with a factory installed run schedule which allows the unit to function after simply setting the time of day. Up to seven different daily schedules can be programmed, offering pool owners flexibility and the ability to save energy when the pool is not in regular use. Neptune motors are also designed to communicate and operate with a variety of external system controllers in addition to the onboard user interface.

The Neptune provides rugged construction for longer life. The enclosure is finned aluminum that provides a water ingress protection level of IPX5, which helps achieve a longer field life in outdoor environmental conditions. To pass the IPX5 test, a water hose must be sprayed onto the motor from all directions with no water getting inside the motor.

More information on the Neptune pool pump motor line can be found at

About Nidec Corporation, Nidec Motor Corporation and U.S. MOTORS®

Nidec Corporation is the world’s No.1 comprehensive motor manufacturer. Based in Kyoto, Japan, Nidec Corporation offers motors ranging from micro-size to super large, as well as application products and services in IT, automation, home appliances, automobiles, commercial and industrial systems, environmental, energy, and many other businesses. Nidec is comprised of approximately 300 group companies employing more than 140,000 people all over the world.

With headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., Nidec Motor Corporation (NMC) is the leading manufacturer of commercial, industrial, and appliance motors and controls. The NMC product line features a full line of high efficiency motors, large and small, that serve industrial, residential, and commercial markets in applications ranging from agriculture, water treatment, mining, oil and gas, and power generation to pool and spa motors, air conditioning condensers, rooftop cooling towers, and commercial refrigeration. NMC also makes motors, controls, and switches for automotive and commercial markets.

Nidec Motor Corporation’s U.S. MOTORS brand encompasses a complete line of general and special purpose commercial and industrial motors from 1/30 horsepower through 4000 horsepower for a wide variety of applications. Since 1908, the U.S. MOTORS brand has stood for exceptional product reliability and performance. It is one of the oldest and trusted brands in the motor industry and is recognized worldwide as the mark of leadership and technological innovation.

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VISTA, Calif. (July 31, 2023) Watkins Wellness, a leader in hot tubs and aquatic fitness systems, today announced the expansion of its portfolio of personal well-being products and entry into the sauna category as a result of the pending acquisition of Sauna360 Group Oy (“Sauna360”) by Watkins Wellness’ parent company, Masco Corporation. Sauna360 is a leading global manufacturer of sauna solutions, and its portfolio of products includes traditional, infrared, and wood-burning saunas as well as steam showers, rooms and generators. These products are sold primarily in the United States, Europe and throughout the rest of the world under the Tylö, Helo, Kastor, Finnleo, and Amerec brands. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to regulatory approval.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sauna360 to our organization and to expand our portfolio of industry-leading products aimed at promoting wellness and helping our customers feel good and live well!” said Vijaikrishna (VJ) Teenarsipur, President of Watkins Wellness. “Sauna360 brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise to our business. We look forward to leveraging the synergies between our businesses, which will allow us to better serve our dealer partners, consumers and, ultimately, the growing wellness market.”

“I am very pleased for Sauna360 to become part of Watkins Wellness. Sauna360’s business has grown in recent years, and becoming part of Watkins Wellness will further strengthen our capability and ambition to be a leading sauna player. The dealer distribution strategy, common focus on wellness and similar company cultures make this a true strategic fit,” said Pekka Lettijeff, President & CEO of Sauna360 Group.

Founded in 2008 as a merger between two leading sauna companies, Helo and Tylö, Sauna360 brings decades of industry knowledge and experience resulting from a strong history, with Helo’s origin dating back to 1919 and Tylö’s to 1949. The company is headquartered in Finland and has approximately 180 employees located in Finland, Sweden, the United States, and England.

About Watkins Wellness

Watkins Wellness, established in 1977 in Vista, California, is dedicated to promoting wellness to consumers to help them feel good and live well. The company’s growing portfolio of well-being products for at-home use provides multiple pathways to wellness. Our portfolio of brands includes Hot Spring® Spas, Caldera® Spas, Freeflow® Spas, Fantasy® Spas, and Endless Pools® Fitness Systems, sold predominantly through a specialty dealer network of more than 1,000 dealer partners located in 70+ countries. Watkins Wellness is a wholly owned subsidiary of Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS).

About Masco Corporation

Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, Masco Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded home improvement and building products. Our portfolio of industry-leading brands includes BEHR® paint; Delta® and Hansgrohe® faucets, bath and shower fixtures; and Hot Spring® Spas. We leverage our powerful brands across product categories, sales channels, and geographies to create value for our customers and shareholders. For more information about Masco Corporation, visit

Safe Harbor Statement

Watkins Wellness is a subsidiary of Masco Corporation. As such, this press release contains statements that reflect views about Masco Corporation’s future performance and constitute “forward-looking statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “outlook,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “appear,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “assume,” “seek,” “forecast,” and similar references to future periods. These views about future performance involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and, accordingly, Masco Corporation’s actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in these forward-looking statements. We caution you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements.

Risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the expected closing of the Sauna360 transaction and the expected benefits and synergies of the acquisition, including the expected impact on future financial and operating results and post-acquisition plans and intentions. Masco Corporation’s future performance may also be affected by the levels of residential repair and remodel activity, and to a lesser extent, new home construction, the ability to maintain strong brands and to develop innovative products, the ability to maintain its public reputation, the ability to maintain its competitive position in its industries, reliance on key customers, the cost and availability of materials, dependence on suppliers and service providers, extreme weather events and changes in climate, risks associated with international operations and global strategies, the ability to achieve the anticipated benefits of its strategic initiatives, the ability to successfully execute its acquisition strategy and integrate businesses that it has acquired and may in the future acquire, the ability to attract, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce, risks associated with cybersecurity vulnerabilities, threats and attacks, risks associated with reliance on information systems and technology and the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on its business and operations. These and other factors are discussed in detail in Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in Masco Corporation’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as in Masco Corporation’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in other filings it makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statement in this press release speaks only as of the date of this press release. Factors or events that could cause Masco Corporation’s actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible to predict all of them. Unless required by law, Masco Corporation undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.




Every Child A Swimmer scholarship program now offered in over 200 communities in North America

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (July 25, 2023) – In recognition of World Drowning Prevention Day today, July 25, the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) and Every Child A Swimmer (ECAS) have announced a partnership with Goldfish Swim School Franchising to provide more children with access to low-to-no-cost swimming lessons in more communities. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4 and the second-leading cause for children 5 to 14.

Goldfish Swim School is the leading swim school franchise in North America, while ECAS is ISHOF’s nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families in need gain access to swim lessons. The partnership more than doubles ECAS’ total footprint to 231 locations and helps amplify the individual efforts of ECAS and Goldfish Swim School to further promote water safety education by providing access to swim lessons and water safety instruction for infants and children aged 4 months to 12 years.

The partnership’s key initiatives include:

Streamlined Enrollment. Parents can find out more information about the Every Child A Swimmer program at any Goldfish Swim School nationwide by filling out a basic form. Goldfish Swim Schools are pre-approved, simplifying the process and enabling more children to benefit from swim lessons.

National Expansion. The organizations will collaborate to expand Every Child A Swimmer nationally, providing access to swim lessons for children in more communities. By connecting with entities across different states, both groups aim to create a cohesive and comprehensive approach to water safety education.

Legislative Advocacy. Together, the organizations will work to expand current legislation related to water safety and swimming education. By pooling their resources and expertise, they aim to influence policymakers and make comprehensive swimming lessons accessible to all children.

Collaborating with Pediatricians. Recognizing the influence of pediatricians in promoting child health and safety, Goldfish Swim School’s Goldfish RX program provides tools for pediatricians and family doctors to promote water safety conversations. Goldfish Swim School Franchising also partners with renowned pediatrician Dr. Molly O’Shea to provide additional educational opportunities to help raise awareness about the importance of swim lessons and water safety through pediatrician networks.

“Our new alliance with Goldfish Swim School marks another step forward in our mission of spreading water safety education and reducing incidents among children,” said Every Child A Swimmer Program Manager Casey McGovern. “By joining forces, we’re able to bolster our ability to help families across North America.”

Additionally, in May, the organization successfully lobbied for legislation in Georgia and Arkansas that requires every school to provide parents with water safety information and the location of local swim school resources. Florida was the first state to pass this legislation in 2021. The program’s ultimate goal is for all 50 states to pass similar bills.

“We believe we can create a transformative impact in children’s lives through our new partnership with the International Swimming Hall of Fame and Every Child A Swimmer,” said Goldfish Swim School Franchising co-founder and CEO Chris McCuiston. “Together, we can ensure that every child has the opportunity to become a confident swimmer and acquire essential water safety skills, and there couldn’t be a more fitting occasion than World Drowning Prevention Day to unveil this partnership.”

Based in Troy, Michigan, Goldfish Swim School provides swim lessons and water safety instruction to infants and children aged 4 months to 12 years. Classes are led by specially trained instructors in a safe, child-friendly environment using a research-based philosophy called The Science of SwimPlay®. Since opening its first franchised location in 2009, the brand has grown to more than 150 schools in over 30 states, with an additional 150-plus in development.

To learn more about Goldfish Swim School, visit For more information on the partnership and Every Child A Swimmer, visit

About Goldfish Swim School Franchising

Goldfish Swim School is the leading premier learn-to-swim concept, dedicated to providing children with exceptional swim instruction and water safety skills. With a proven curriculum and state-of-the-art facilities, Goldfish Swim School offers year-round swim lessons for children aged 4 months to 12 years. With over 150 locations across 34 states and two in Canada, Goldfish Swim School is committed to creating confident swimmers and fostering a love for the water.

About Every Child A Swimmer

Every Child A Swimmer (ECAS) organization is dedicated to promoting water safety education and reducing drowning incidents among children. By working closely with schools, community organizations and government agencies, ECAS provides access to swim lessons, educational resources and drowning prevention strategies. The organization strives to empower every child with lifesaving swimming skills and create a culture of water safety awareness.

About the International Swimming Hall of Fame

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) is a leading institution dedicated to promoting swimming and aquatic sports worldwide. Through its exhibits, educational programs, and support for water safety initiatives, ISHOF aims to inspire individuals and communities to embrace swimming as a vital life skill. The organization recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of swimming and honors the athletes, coaches, and advocates who have made a significant impact in the aquatic community.

Winners receive $5,000 for resources and education




(Alexandria, Va.) — The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), the trade association representing the swimming pool, hot tub, and spa industry, is now accepting nominations for both the 2023 Greg Garrett Scholarship Award and the 2023 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant. The winners will be honored at the PHTA Awards of Excellence Reception at the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo (PSP/Deck Expo) in Las Vegas, NV, this November.

Greg Garrett Scholarship Award

This prestigious award was developed by the PHTA Recreational Water & Air Quality Committee (RWAQC) in memory of Greg Garrett, a former PHTA member. The award provides a $5,000 scholarship to two PHTA members in the builder or service sectors to use toward PHTA education or certification fees. PHTA is pleased to announce that Periodic Products, Inc. is sponsoring one of the two scholarships awarded this year.

“Greg Garrett and I served together on the Recreational Water & Air Quality Committee for almost a decade,” says Dr. Joseph Laurino, President and CEO of Periodic Products, Inc. “Greg had a passion for educating others on some of the most critical technical issues impacting our industry. Being able to continue sharing that passion through the Greg Garrett Scholarship Award means so much to me and Greg’s other industry peers.”

To be considered for the Greg Garrett Scholarship Award, an application form and two recommendations need to be submitted. PHTA members can self-nominate or nominate a fellow member. The nomination deadline is Friday, September 15.

For more information about the scholarship and to submit a nomination form, visit

Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant

Given in the memory of Dr. Robert Neil Lowry, a long-time member of PHTA and the Recreational Water & Air Quality Committee (RWAQC), this $5,000 grant honors a public health official or department who has made outstanding contributions to advance the public’s health and safe use of recreational water in pools, spas, and waterparks through educational, safety, operational, and technical programs.

“Public health officials and their organizations play a key role in ensuring our pools, waterparks, and other aquatic venues are safe and enjoyable for all,” says Jody O’Grady, Director of Customer Technical Support for Taylor Water Technologies LLC and Chair of the RWAQC. “The Lowry Grant is one way our industry can acknowledge, honor, and support their dedication and commitment. Dr. Lowry would be pleased to know that he is still having a positive impact on the recreational water safety community through this grant, more than a decade after his passing.”

To be considered for the Lowry Grant, the public health official or department must describe their planned or proposed program, the service provided and how it benefits public health and safety, the impact of the expected results, and how the grant funds will be used. The nomination deadline is Friday, September 8.

For more information about the grant and to submit a nomination form, visit

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About Nidec Corporation, Nidec Motor Corporation and U.S. MOTORS®Safe Harbor StatementEvery Child A Swimmer scholarship program now offered in over 200 communities in North AmericaFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (July 25, 2023)Streamlined EnrollmentNational Expansion. Legislative Advocacy. Collaborating with Pediatricians. About Goldfish Swim School FranchisingAbout Every Child A SwimmerAbout the International Swimming Hall of Fame(Alexandria, Va.) — Greg Garrett Scholarship AwardDr. R. Neil Lowry Grant