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Horizon Acquires Metro Irrigation Supply

Horizon Acquires Metro Irrigation Supply

Horizon is pleased to announce the expansion of its current footprint in the Texas market with the acquisition of Metro Irrigation Supply Co, a leading regional irrigation products distributor. Metro operates 8 sales centers with locations in North and South Texas.

Jim Ross, President of Horizon, commented, “Metro has a reputation for superior customer service and offers a comprehensive range of irrigation, drainage and landscape lighting products. We are excited about the opportunities this creates to provide value to customers and new opportunities for the Metro team.”

Manuel J. Perez de la Mesa, President and CEO of POOLCORP, Horizon’s parent
company, commented, “This transaction expands POOLCORP’s footprint in the
$3 billion plus irrigation and landscape distribution marketplace by providing a greater presence in the strategically important Texas markets.”

Metro will continue to operate under the Metro Irrigation Supply name. No changes are expected in either Metro or Horizon Texas market management, sales or operations and there are no plans to consolidate or reduce the number of Metro or Horizon distribution locations.

Organizationally, Metro will be a separate region in Horizon’s Central Division led by General Manager Shawn Connors. Former Metro President Kelly McColm will serve in an advisory capacity to Ross and Connors moving forward.

“The Metro people have an outstanding reputation for exceeding the expectations of the Texas irrigation professional,” added Ross, “We plan on providing them the additional resources necessary to continue to build on their success.”

Horizon is a professional distributor of turf irrigation products, outdoor power equipment, fertilizers and allied products serving the professional turf, landscape and golf markets, and currently operates 69 sales centers in 11 states including Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Texas, Florida,Virginia and Maryland. Horizon is a full-service provider of irrigation, landscape, power equipment and outdoor living products supplies, including brand names of Hunter, Rain Bird, Toro, Irritrol, eXmark, Echo, Makita, Club Car, Monsanto, Vista, and FX Professional Lighting. For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizononline.com.

Horizon is a wholly owned subsidiary of POOLCORP (NASDAQ/GSM:POOL). POOLCORP is the world’s largest wholesale distributor of swimming pool and related backyard products. Currently, POOLCORP operates 344 sales centers in North America, Europe, South America and Australia through which it distributes more than 160,000 national brand and private label products to approximately 100,000 wholesale customers. For more information about POOLCORP, please visit www.poolcorp.com.