SAVI Acquisition

Zodiac expands nicheless lighting product line through acquisition of top-selling underwater lighting brand

SAN DIEGO – June 4, 2014 – Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc. (@ZodiacPool_USA) has acquired the assets of Next Step Products LLC, specifically the SAVI Pool and Spa lighting line of products, and will continue to operate the company as a stand-alone business under the SAVI brand name. SAVI offers an innovative line of nicheless, LED lighting products for both underwater lighting and illuminated water features in residential and commercial applications.

Zodiac Pool Systems acquired the company in a strategic move to increase its support for the pool construction and renovation aftermarket. The previous SAVI owner, Mark Masterman, will remain with Zodiac as director and general manager of the SAVI line as product will continue to be manufactured in the SAVI facility in Orlando, Florida. As with all acquisitions, Zodiac's world-class team of product engineers will review quality control procedures and ensure the products meet Zodiac's strict quality standards.

Masterman says, "To continue innovating and broadening product lines, we had to align with a true market leader to realize the product's full potential. Zodiac is that market leader both domestically and internationally, so this acquisition provides us the ability to introduce the SAVI lights to the entire swimming pool market worldwide in a very short time, which is something we never could have accomplished as an independent company. To see not only the SAVI lights, but also our water feature products properly presented worldwide is a dream come true for us. The company and I are extremely excited to move forward with Zodiac."

Nicheless lights from SAVI require no grounding or bonding, only a 4" minimum depth, and now accept a new designer series of lenses and replaceable, upgradable, interchangeable and field serviceable LED cartridges. SAVI products are the industry leader for lighting aesthetics, ease of installation, and builder options.

"SAVI pioneered the nicheless pool lighting technology and category," says Troy Franzen, managing director - Americas, for Zodiac Pool Systems. "It has a wealth of intellectual property and 15 years of experience in developing an innovative product. We see this as a great way to expand our lighting product portfolio to be the broadest in the industry and to better serve our builder clients and those dealers who are already loyal to SAVI products. We are excited to welcome the SAVI employees and these exciting products into the expanding Zodiac Pool Systems enterprise."

The SAVI operations team in Orlando will continue to operate the business as usual, with no interruption in service. Customers will continue to place SAVI product orders and get product and technical support as they had previously. Financial details of the acquisition are not being disclosed.

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About Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.
Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Zodiac Marine & Pool, S.A.S., is a global leader in swimming pool and spa products and services. The company's comprehensive product lines are marketed under the leading brand names of Zodiac®, Polaris®, Jandy® Pro Series, Nature2®, and Cover-Pools®. Zodiac is the leading provider of premium, innovative pool and spa products and is committed to designing and producing the most energy efficient, earth-friendly pool products and systems available. To learn more about Zodiac, visit or call 800-822-7933.

Beth Walsh