Since the 1950’s Poolquip has been providing quality products for pools and spas. We focus on wholesale distribution to the Swimming Pool Builder, Service Professional, and the Swimming Pool Retailer.

Poolquip Manufacturing, Poolquip McNeme

During this time the father/son team of Truett Owen and Robert Owen, aware of the maturation of the industry, moved the focus of the business from manufacturing filters, lights and fittings to wholesale distribution.  Eventually merging with a wholesale distributor based in Houston, and the company became known as Poolquip McNeme.  During this time many lifelong relationships with customers, manufacturers and employees were formed.  Poolquip McNeme was sold in 1979.


After selling the business and serving as the First Executive Director of WINDO (WHOLESALE INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTORS ORGANIZATION), Robert had another idea up his sleeve…the rebirth of Poolquip. The decision was made in July and the doors were opened on December, 2, 1996.

February 19, 1999

A fire, which began in the business adjacent to Poolquip and burned through a common wall, destroyed both the point of origin and Poolquip.  Both the building and its contents were a total loss.  Thankfully, there were no injuries to employees or valiant firefighters.

On February 21, owners Robert Owen, Willie Hite and Ralph Navarro decided to forge ahead at a new location in the same neighborhood.  Though their physical facility was gone they still had treasured employees, loyal customers and solid relationships with manufacturers. Twenty eight days later Poolquip, Inc. reopened at its current location 7431-C Dogwood Park, Fort Worth, Texas.

April 2008

Willie Hite is elected president of WINDO.


Poolquip continues to provide unmatched customer service and extensive inventory to swimming pool professionals, while promoting the growth of our customers’ businesses, including the launch of our website, as a continuing comittment to our customers.