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Old 12-20-2011, 11:23 AM
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Horizon Distributors Expands into the Mid‑Atlantic Market

Horizon Distributors, Inc., a full-service distributor of landscape and irrigation products and a wholly owned subsidiary of Pool Corporation, today
announced its expansion into the Mid-*‐‑Atlantic market with the acquisition of the G.L. Cornell Company. Based in Gaithersburg, Md., G.L. Cornell is a distributor of golf course equipment and irrigation products and a provider of equipment services with sales throughout Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.

“We look forward to supporting and expanding the current product offerings in the former G.L. Cornell locations to include the full breadth of irrigation, landscape, specialty and professional lawn care equipment products currently available at all Horizon sales centers,” said Jim Ross, president, Horizon.

“This transaction expands Pool Corporation’s share of the more than $2 billion irrigation and landscape distribution marketplace by strengthening our presence in the Mid-*‐‑Atlantic market,” said Manuel Perez de la Mesa, president and CEO, Pool Corporation.

This marks the third acquisition Horizon has made in the past 12 months, following the company’s integration of the Las Vegas-*‐‑based Turf Equipment Supply Company last December, and the Boynton Beach-*‐‑based Kilpatrick Company, Inc. in May.

“The G.L. Cornell team has a long history of serving the golf course turf care professionals in the Mid-*‐‑Atlantic market,” said Ross. “This transaction allows Horizon to provide these professionals with additional resources that will help them build on their successes, and we’re looking forward to doing just that.”

About Horizon Distributors, Inc.
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 59 sales centers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington, representing brands including Rain Bird, Hunter, Jacobsen, Toro, Irritrol, Exmark, Echo, Monsanto, Vista, Unique and FX Professional Lighting. For more information about Horizon, please visit www.horizononline.com

About Pool Corporation
Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Horizon is part of the Pool Corporation (POOLCORP) family of companies. Through its SCP Distributors LLC and Superior Pool Products LLC distribution networks, POOLCORP is the world’s largest wholesale distributor of swimming pool supplies, equipment and related leisure products. Currently, POOLCORP operates 296 sales centers in North America and Europe, through which it distributes more than 160,000 national brand and private label products to roughly 80,000 wholesale customers. For more information about POOLCORP, please visit www.poolcorp.com.
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