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Industry News to bring their customers updated and relevant information, and encourage website visitors to bookmark it, check back often, and connect with the company on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to receive notice when updates and new content are added. CCS Group, LLC, provides nationwide grain elevator maintenance and repair services: shotcrete/gunite liners, carbon fiber technology, hopper repair/installation, concrete crack and spalling repair, catastrophic failure, and silo assessment services. In 2015, CCS opened up a second location in Millstadt, IL, to offer service, sales, and rentals of REED concrete pumps and parts, a variety of shotcrete/gunite accessories, as well as material for the construction, refractory, tunneling, and mining industries. Visit the website at www.ccsgrouponline.com for more information. National Swimming Pool Foundation and Genesis Combine Forces The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) and Genesis 3, Inc., announced that they are merging their operations to deliver a broader spectrum of training programs effective January 1, 2016. Genesis will continue to elevate and transform the residential pool and spa design and construction industry. NSPF will continue to keep public pools safer and open. They look to merge their respective swimming pool service professional certification programs to accelerate training to the service sector. Both organizations operate globally and are accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The combined organization will further the NSPF mission as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit: to encourage healthier living by increasing aquatic activity through education and research. “The delivery of Genesis training very much aligns with NSPF’s effort to increase demand for immersion and water activity,” states NSPF CEO Thomas M. Lachocki. Genesis faculty have trained thousands of pool builders, attracting more people to water by combining beauty, functionality, and safety. NSPF instructors have trained over 400,000 professionals in 93 countries. In addition, NSPF has directed $4 million—to fund health benefit research and numerous learn-to-swim programs through its Step into Swim initiative—to attract more people to water. As NSPF and Genesis achieve success together, the greater the demand will be for recreational water, resulting in better public health and industry growth. “When leaders work together, the benefits for all become greater,” states Scot Hunsaker, NSPF Board President. “Each organization is the preeminent educators in their respective areas. Together, they create synergies that will transform lives, careers, and our industry,” adds Brian Van Bower, Genesis co-owner. NSPF—with its 50-year history and its cutting-edge online training programs—is committed to ensuring the Genesis brand continues to evolve and thrive. “This merger in no way diminishes the leadership participation of the people who built Genesis,” states Lauren Stack, NSPF Mission Development Director, who will support the Genesis team and ensure the two organizations maximize synergies while becoming one. “Brian and Skip will continue as educators, advisors, and cultural ambassadors for Genesis,” adds Bruce Dunn, NSPF Treasurer and long-term industry stalwart. Genesis has benefited from a long term partnership with the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, part of the Global Exhibitions Division of Informa PLC, taking place last year November 10-12, 2015, in Las Vegas, NV. “We are thrilled that Shotcrete • Winter 2016 63


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