We just got word (3/2/2010) that Whites Manufacturing has been purchased by Aqualung. Whites, as they say, “will become a member of the Aqua Lung Group of Companies effective March 1, 2010." Whites new siblings will include other well know brands such as Suunto and Apex.
The word from the staff at Whites is that operations and staff will remain the same for, at least the near future. Our contact said to reassure dealers that they will not have to reapply or become Aqualung dealers. It will be status quo for now. There was only one staff change at the Whites Vancouver Island offices. Sales manager Paul Andre left Whites a few weeks ago. It not clear if this change was related to the sale of the company.
It will be very interesting to see how this effects the Whites/Scuba Pro sales partnership that was formed last year to market the Fusion drysuit outside of North America. We are making the calls and will let you know what we learn soon.