Vortex Aquatic Structures International, a manufacturer and world leader in aquatic play landscapes and entertainment solutions, has acquired AquaBlue, a North Carolina-based developer of waterslides and water play equipment.

Formed in 2008, AquaBlue is a fast-growing waterslide company that is focused on developing innovative products for the municipal and commercial market segments.

Under the terms of the deal, AquaBlue employees will continue to work from the company’s North Carolina facility. David Hoy, AquaBlue’s president, will continue to head up the group’s design and engineering team.

“This acquisition complements Vortex’s product line by adding a broad portfolio of waterslides as well as strong relationships with municipal and commercial customers,” said Stephen Hamelin, president and CEO of Vortex.

“We’ve long admired AquaBlue’s waterslides. They are well engineered and are quality products. Their culture fits well with ours, given a commitment to excellence, innovation and infrastructure. Customers will benefit from having a single design source.”

The combined company has installations located at park and recreation facilities, municipal pools, community aquatic centres, waterparks, theme parks, fitness clubs, hotels and resorts, campgrounds and residential developments.