This year International Quadratics and Pierce Pool Supplies celebrates 120 years of history and 80 years in the Pool Industry. This makes it the oldest existing Aquatic Business in Australia
Managing Director of International Quadratics and Pierce Pool Supplies, David Lloyd stated “This is a special birthday for us all, and I am so proud that Pierce Pool Supplies continues to thrive and evolve in the commercial aquatic space.
Lloyd continued to say, “Feeding a business to sustain its presence and growth, I think, affords a company some well-earned bragging rights! I couldn’t be happier when I look back on the company’s history and all the people that have contributed to our time in market. I would like to give a special and sincere thank you to all our ongoing loyal customers, as our existence is only here because of your support.”
Where did it all begin –
In 1898 Albert Henry Pierce established the company of AH Pierce as a supplier of an extensive range of products and retails stores throughout NSW. In a move to recover from the Great Depression in 1938 the government loaned large sums of money to councils to invest in infrastructure projects such as sewerage plants and public swimming pools. AH Pierce started importing dry chlorine powder for use in sewerage plants and swimming pools.
Very little was known about treating swimming pools and many issues were encountered by the pool operators. Harold Pierce, who had taken over the company when his father died, travelled extensively throughout the country supplying councils and local pools. During this process he became an expert in both sewerage and pool treatment and rose to the status of consultant for the pool industry.
He eventually drove the formation of what is now known as Australian Recreational Institute (ARI) and was a foundation patron for many years. Pierce went on to continued success through development and supply of pool products.
The Pierce Pool Supplies remained as a family business up until 2008 when it was purchased by International Quadratics. The company continues to supply the pool industry throughout Australia and New Zealand. Pierce’s legacy continues by not only offering products but also leading advice and training along with continuing to innovate and develop new chemicals and hardware.