Behind the company behind every pool

Latham Pool Products began as Pacific Pools in 1956, founded by Merrill Laven, father of current President and CEO, Mark Laven.  Merrill originally sold home improvement products and vinyl-lined, wood-wall pools under the name Pacific Pools.

Behind every pool since 1956.

Latham Pool Products is the leading manufacturer of inground residential swimming pools and components in North America. Homeowners from coast to coast enjoy the full benefits of pool ownership thanks to innovative Latham products. And pool and spa professionals from coast to coast partner with Latham to enjoy the full benefits of our broad product lines, best-in-class quality and industry-leading support.

  • Over 50 years of pool manufacturing experience
  • State-of-the-art computer driven technology
  • The best warranties in the industry

Initially, growth was through the expansion of the retail pool business and Pacific Pools became one of the largest pool builders in the country with locations in Syracuse, NY, Hartford, CT, Providence, RI, Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA.

During the 1960's, Pacific Pools entered the manufacturing side of the business to develop new products to best meet the needs of consumers.

The business was sold to Cookson Group PLC in 1989. In 1995, Pacific Pools acquired Technican Industries in Brantford, Ontario. The company was reacquired by Mark Laven in 2001 along with a private equity group.

Since that time under Mark Laven's leadership, the company has strengthened its industry leadership position throughout North America by acquiring Triac Pool Products, with locations in the U.S. and Canada, in 2002; Kafko Manufacturing (U.S. and Canada) and Nikko Industries (Canada) in 2003; Fort Wayne Pools (U.S.) and RP Industries (Canada) in 2004; Viking Pools (fiberglass) in 2005; and Coverstar, LLC (automatic pool covers) in 2006. In 2010, Viking Pools acquired Blue Hawaiian Pools (fiberglass) and Trilogy Pools (fiberglass); in 2012 Viking acquired Royal Fiberglass Pools, Inc.

As the company flourished, the Latham family of brands has become recognized throughout the world as the largest manufacturer of swimming pool components and pool accessories. Its broad product line now includes in-ground and above ground vinyl liners, polymer and steel pool wall systems, fiberglass pools, steps, ladders, pool safety covers and autocovers, spillover spas and a variety of other pool related products.

Latham currently operates 23 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2015, Latham Pool Products became a portfolio company of Wynnchurch Capital, Ltd.