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Employee Owned!

Team Horner has always believed that the success of the business is a reflection of the company culture. For this reason, in 2016 Team Horner became an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The ESOP contributes Team Horner stock to employees each year to use as additional income for retirement. We believe all employees should have a “shared fate” with the ownership of the company.

Companies & Proprietary Brands
HornerXpress - Domestic Distributor
HornerXpress - Domestic Distributor

For over 40 years, HornerXpress has been the premier independent distributor to pool and spa professionals in Florida. Not only does HornerXpress provide an extensive range of swimming pool products to satisfy every project, but also offers complete business solutions to help our customers grow and prosper.

HornerXpress Worldwide - International Distributor
HornerXpress Worldwide - International Distributor

HornerXpress Worldwide is the largest independent pool and spa equipment distributor in more than 110 countries. Our team of diverse professionals are committed to creating value and efficiencies for our customers. We provide research, marketing, design and logistics assistance as well as everyday support for their business needs.

AquaCal - Swimming Pool & Spa Heat Pumps
AquaCal - Swimming Pool & Spa Heat Pumps

AquaCal® has been the leading swimming pool heat pump manufacturer since 1981, offering a full range of units to meet any heating need. AquaCal® can maintain anything from small above ground pools up to very large commercial facilities. The chillers, as well as the heat and cool units, can be used to create cold plunge pools for therapy as well.

AutoPilot - Salt Chlorine Generators
AutoPilot - Salt Chlorine Generators

AutoPilot® has been the leading swimming pool salt chlorine generator manufacturer since 1976, offering a full range of units to meet any chlorine need. AutoPilot® can maintain anything from small above ground pools up to very large commercial facilities. AutoPilot’s industry leading salt water pool systems turn ordinary salt into a self-regenerating supply of pure chlorine for pool and spa water that’s clean, clear and luxuriously soft.

JB Fittings - PVC Fittings
JB Fittings - PVC Fittings

J.B. Fittings, a Team Horner company, specializes in the production and sale of injection molded fittings for Pool/Spa, Irrigation, Turf, Plumbing, Industrial and Retail markets. A technical leader with over 40 years’ experience, J.B. Fittings is relied upon worldwide to provide the confidence users desire.

Lo-Chlor Chemicals - Specialty Chemicals
Lo-Chlor Chemicals - Specialty Chemicals

Lo-Chlor® Specialty Chemicals are specifically designed to target the pool water problems that maintenance chemicals alone cannot resolve. Our unique formulations consistently excel in the toughest year-round environment for pool maintenance and they have been doing so for over 35 years. A trusted name in performance pool chemicals, Lo-Chlor® premium pool products are highly effective, rigorously lab tested and all competitively priced. We create and optimize our formulas while being kind to the environment.

TropiClear - Maintenance Chemicals & Equipment
TropiClear - Maintenance Chemicals & Equipment

For over 45 years in the swimming pool products industry, TropiClear® chemicals and maintenance equipment is widely known as the expert in the quality treatment of pool and spa water.  TropiClear® chemicals are the finest, purest pool and spa chemicals available in the United States and only sold through authorized professional pool and spa retailers or service companies. Its concentrated formula is designed to provide the pool owner with excellent value year after year.

StoneHardscapes - Swimming Pool Stone & Pavers
StoneHardscapes - Swimming Pool Stone & Pavers

StoneHardscapes is one of the nation’s leading importers of the finest hand selected natural stone ideal for exterior sand-set applications as well as traditional interior settings. As a company, we strive to provide only the highest quality products and exceedingly superior client service. Our current distribution network includes a vast array of businesses and consumers throughout the country and internationally.

BackyardXpo - Outdoor Living Xperience
BackyardXpo - Outdoor Living Xperience

The BackyardXpo Outdoor Living Xperience helps our dealers to think OUTSIDE THE POOL. It includes a full line of outdoor kitchens, fire and water features, furniture, decking, pergolas and more. BackyardXpo is your one-stop shop for all outdoor accessory needs.

TileXpressions - Swimming Pool Tile & Pavers
TileXpressions - Swimming Pool Tile & Pavers

TileXpressions offers a full line of quality swimming pool tiles including over 200 styles of glass tile, mosaics from esteemed lines such as Custom Mosaics and Artistry in Mosaics, cap tile and hand holds, hundreds of concrete and natural stone coping options, and both smooth and non-skid options of depth markers.

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Heat Pumps Sold
1972

1972

Bill Kent, the current owner, joined Horner as a partner.
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1973

1973

Mr. Horner sold his share of the company to Bill, who is sole owner of the Team Horner Group of Companies.
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1976

1976

Team Horner purchased the warehouse building at 810 NW 57th Court from the original landlord in order to secure the future of the Company. One year later, faced with a space shortage, the adjacent building was purchased. As Team Horner continued to expand both its sales and staff size, adjacent warehouse bays were leased to provide office and extra storage space.
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1977

1977

Team Horner opened an international subsidiary company, HORNER EQUIPMENT INTERNATIONAL, INC., and added a telex and bilingual personnel. The Caribbean, Central and South American markets were successfully opened up.
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1985

1985

HORNER EQUIPMENT INTERNATIONAL expanded through the acquisition of DISCUS INC., a Palo Alto, California worldwide exporter from Hank Mohr. HORNER DISCUS INTERNATIONAL, INC. has become a Global Company, with customers in over 90 countries worldwide. The company services swimming pool, spa and general engineering companies throughout the entire world, and ships merchandise from over 10 ports on both the East and West Coast of the United States.
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2004

2004

Horner Discus was re-named HornerXpress Worldwide, Inc.
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1990

1990

TEAM HORNER continued its expansion with the acquisition of Felicella Consulting Engineers. The name was changed to HORNER CONSULTING ENGINEERS, INC. HCE.
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1992

1992

Team Horner purchased the assets of AQUACAL, INC., America’s largest manufacturer of swimming pool/spa heat pumps, located in St. Petersburg, Florida (near Tampa). AQUACAL makes several different brands/designs of heat pumps, which utilize heat energy from either the surrounding air or from  local ground water source. The factory totals 12,000 square feet (1,115 sq. meters). AQUACAL has a large service staff covering the entire State of Florida, and nationwide, to provide field support for the pool heat pump industry.
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1992

1992

The LECTRANATOR CHLORINE MACHINE business was purchased from OLIN CORPORATION.
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1995

1995

Lectranator Company was renamed AUTOPILOT SYSTEMS, INC.
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1996

1996

Bill Kent served as the 40th President of America’s professional trade  association for the pool/spa industry, the NATIONAL POOL AND SPA INSTITUTE, representing over 5,000 member firms. During his term as N.S.P.I. President, he initiated the concept of forming a strategic alliance between the professional pool/spa industry and the other segments of the World of Aquatics, namely college and high school coaches, swim schools and competitive aquatics organizations (i.e. U.S. Swimming, I.S.H.O.F., U.S. Diving, F.I.N.A., etc.).
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2003

2003

Bill Kent became the President & Chairman of the Board of the National Swimming Pool Foundation, with headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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1998

1998

A joint venture company called LO-CHLOR, L.C. was formed in Florida, to manufacture various specialty pool chemicals, including Lo-Chlor Algicide and Starver (now Lo-Phos) phosphate reducer.
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2000

2000

HornerXpress, Inc. was formed to sell franchises of our wholesale distribution business. The first HornerXpress franchise opened in February 2001 in West Palm Beach, Florida and continues to operate successfully.
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2002

2002

Owner Bill Kent celebrated 30 years of service with a party attracting over 500 employees, customers, vendors and friends. His theme was “The Best is Yet to Come”.
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2001

2001

AquaCal purchased a third building increasing the total factory building space to 80,000 square feet (7,433 square meters).
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2002

2002

Six company-owned branches, called HornerXpress, were opened throughout Florida, making our wholesale distribution business truly “statewide”.  Branches were opened in Naples, Manasota, Tampa, Orlando, St. Augustine and Fort Pierce.
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2002

2002

Horner Equipment in Fort Lauderdale was renamed HornerXpress-South Florida, creating a consistent brand image for our wholesale companies.
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2003

2003

HornerXpress Financial Services, a full service mortgage brokerage business, was  formed to offer first and second mortgages to pool buyers via HornerXpress customers in Florida.
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2004

2004

The first e-College class was held at Keiser e-College in a joint venture degree program called “Aquatic Engineering Technology”, under the instruction of  Connie Sue Centrella.
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2006

2006

AutoPilot moved its manufacturing facility to join AquaCal in St. Petersburg, FL.
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2006-2007

2006-2007

Additional HornerXpress branches open, bringing the total to thirteen in Florida.
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2008

2008

BackyardXpo display opens in HornerXpress South Florida. The BackyardXpo features outdoor kitchens, fire pits, new decks, outdoor furniture, water features and many other backyard related products for our customers to sell.
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2009

2009

Team Horner celebrates its 40th Anniversary.
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2011

2011

Portobello Tile and A.J. Giammanco, including Lion Pool Products, are acquisitioned.
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2013

2013

Team Horner enters partnership with StoneHardscapes.
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2013

2013

HornerXpress Opens Branch In Miami with veteran Rosa Cortes as the Branch Manager.
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2013

2013

In August 2013, the St. Petersburg “twig” of HornerXpress located at the AquaCal factory was closed to make room for AquaCal expansion.
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2013

2013

In September 2013, the BackyardXpo Sales Team was created under the Leadership of Chris Piercy to focus on sales of hardscape and construction products.
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2013

2013

In October 2013, Jerry Fenner became the Area Manager for Central Florida Region: Longwood and Kissimmee Branches.
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2013

2013

In November 2013, the Ormond Beach branch of HornerXpress was moved to larger quarters, more than double its previous size to 10,000 sq. ft. under the leadership of Bryant Ewing.
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2014

2014

In March 2014, the StoneHardscapes division was placed under the leadership of Mike Dooley, VP Branches.
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2014

2014

In April 2014, Pamela Luciani was appointed General Manager StoneHardscapes.
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2014

2014

In June 2014, StoneHardscapes was relocated to the South Florida Corporate Headquarters.

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2014

2014

In September 2014, The Sarasota branch was relocated to a new 12,000 sq. ft. facility, twice the size of its previous location. Kelley Kordon became the Branch Manager for the Tampa Branch, Mark Kordon became the manager for the Sarasota Branch, and Jerry Mason became the Area Manager for the West Coast Region: Cape Coral, Sarasota, and Tampa Branches.
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2014

2014

In December 2014, J.B. Plastics, a PVC fitting manufacturer, was purchased; the plan was to consolidate this injection molding business at the Aquacal injection molding facility in St. Petersburg during 2015. Consolidation of the manufacturing was completed in July, 2015.
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2015

2015

In January 2015, owner Bill Kent announced the plan to convert the company from private ownership to an employee-owned company (ESOP) and that next generation leader Michael Dooley would become President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) in April, 2015.
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2015

2015

In January 2015, AquaCal purchased building #8, a 16,000 sq. ft. manufacturing and office building contiguous with other AquaCal properties in St. Petersburg.
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2015

2015

In January 2015 StoneHardscapes and BackyardXpo Sales Teams combined under the leadership of Pamela Luciani, General Manager and Chris Piercy, Sales Manager.
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2015

2015

In February 2015, the J.B. Plastics manufacturing facility, 22,800 sq. ft., located approximately one mile from the Mothership facility in Ft. Lauderdale, was purchased to provide additional storage for StoneHardscapes and HornerXpress.
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2015

2015

In April 2015, Mike Dooley became President and Chief Operating Officer of Team Horner. Bill Kent assumed the title of Chief Executive Officer.
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2015

2015

In April 2015, the company signed an exclusive agreement with Water Works Technologies Group to distribute their new invention, the FireFX LED water bowls, to all markets worldwide.
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2015

2015

In June 2015, the 3 acre /13,000 sq. ft. building property immediately behind the Mothership property was purchased; it is currently being leased to Sunbelt Rentals, but provides long-term space expansion capabilities for the Mothership entities.
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2015

2015

In June 2015, Bill Kent graduated from Keiser University Graduate School with a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), including a concentration in Global Business.
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2015

2015

In June 2015, Lo-Chlor completed a significant upgrade of its production facilities from an automation perspective, including automatic filling and packaging stations.
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2016

2016

In January 2016, the transition from sole ownership by Bill Kent to an employee-owned company (ESOP) was completed. Bill Kent has continued on as Chief Executive Officer.
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2016

2016

In February 2016, a HornerXpress branch opened in Vero Beach, Florida, under the management of Jordan King.
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2016

2016

In May 2016, HornerXpress Worldwide received the President’s “E” Award for Excellence in Exporting for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.
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2016

2016

In May 2016, HornerXpress Worldwide received the President’s “E” Award for Excellence in Exporting for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.
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2016

2016

In June 2016, AquaCal AutoPilot, Inc. opened a warehouse on Long Island, NY to offer faster delivery and pickup of all proprietary products to our Northeast customers.
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