Media Release - From POOLCORP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dominick Latino, Marketing Director
Date: December 14, 2006
Phone Number: (985) 801-5156
Cell Phone Number: (985) 249-1648
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POOLCORP selects A. O. Smith as Vendor of Year
Manufacturer secures preferred status based on outstanding service throughout 2006
COVINGTON, La. POOLCORP recently awarded its 2006 honors for Vendor of the Year to A. O. Smith
Electrical Products Company, a leading manufacturer of pool and spa motors, during its vendor appreciation
breakfast held in conjunction with the 2006 International Pool & Spa Expo held Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 in
"A. O. Smith did a phenomenal job this year," Steve Nelson, POOLCORP vice president and general
manager, said. "Out of the whole set of preferred vendors, they were head and shoulders above the rest."
As the world's largest wholesale distributor of swimming pool and related backyard products, POOLCORP
has a number of key vendors over 2,200 total with 42 that fall into the "preferred vendor" category. For
2006, A. O. Smith secured the top spot on POOLCORP's roster by exhibiting exceptional supply
"To be selected Vendor of the Year from this group of vendors is no easy task," David Hacker, global
business manager, A. O. Smith Electrical Products Company Distribution Services SBU, said. "So many
people made this happen and this reward is the feedback we look for that says, 'job well done team A. O.
The Vendor of the Year selection process is guided by a well-defined set of performance objectives,
Lead-time stability coupled with sufficient notification of anticipated time changes.
Use of POOLCORP preferred carriers to improve shipping performance to control and minimize
Commitment to grow the swimming pool industry.