Company History

Company History

Jo-Co Pools has been building in-ground and above-ground pools since 1989. Owners Joe and Patty Cohen, of Anna, Ill., ran the business out of their home for five years until they had over 100 regular customers. In 1994, Jo-Co Pools opened up its first store on Main Street in Anna. Soon its circle of satisfied customers reached out to nearly a 90-mile radius from Red Bud and Sparta, Ill. to the North to Cairo IL to the south, Harrisburg to the East, and all the way to Cape Girardeau and Jackson, Mo. in the West.

In 2009, Jo-Co Pools moved to its present location in the Anna Business Park at 1009 Enterprise Drive. It is the central hub where we continue to serve customers, many of whom have never stepped foot into our store. That is because we bring the store to them. With a simple call or email, we deliver pool supplies or send a trained technician right to their pool.

Joe and Patty continue to be at the heart of operations of Jo-Co Pools. It is Joe who talks to families wanting a pool and guides them through the decision making process of what style and size of pool they want. Joe then constructs the pool of their dreams. Patty continues to be the Jo-Co Pools administrator, responsible for making sure the construction and service crews have everything they need to keep our customers swimming! “Treat other people the way you want to be treated” remains at the core of Jo-Co Pools today whether it be through the answering of the telephone, teaching pool care, or building a brand new pool.

Awards and Recognition

In 1994, Jo-Co Pools won its first Gold Medal at the Greater St. Louis Splash Awards. This prestigious award represented first place among entrees within a 150-mile radius of St. Louis. Since that time, Jo-Co Pools has won nine other Splash Awards.

In 1996, owner Joe Cohen was chosen as one of the eight Rising Stars of the swimming pool industry in the nation. Pool and Spa Age Magazine chose Joe over scores of entries.

Throughout his tenure as a pool professional, Joe has spent countless hours researching and attending classes to learn the latest technology available to his clients. In October 2014, Joe was awarded his first United States Patent on a pool wall he designed. This pool wall is now used on all of the in-ground pools he builds and also is distributed to other pool builders across the nation. This pool wall is not only one of the strongest polymer pool walls being used in the industry, but is also made of recycled materials, making it environmentally responsible.


Jo-Co Pools is a member of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, an organization where all members agree to comply with ethical principles and policies. Using the APSP standards, members protect your safety and stay current on the latest requirements to protect your investment. It is an elite group of industry professionals whose membership shows that they are committed to excellence.

Jo-Co Pools is also a member of Carecraft. Carecraft members include some of the most respected pool professionals in the industry. Only select builders, retailers and service companies are invited to join after a rigorous evaluation of their quality control, reputation, customer service and professionalism. When customers choose a Carecraft member as their builder, they know they are getting the finest workmanship, customer service and products that the industry has to offer.

Joe has also taken more than 80 hours of training from the Genesis 3 Design Group. Genesis 3 is a premier leader in watershape education, design and construction. Joe has successfully taken and passed by examination classes in Basic Fluid Engineering, Basic Pool Construction, and Advanced Watershape Construction.

Jo-Co Pools remains committed to being a family-owned and operated business that will maintain its high standards for years to come. Besides Joe and Patty, there are currently four other family members who are being trained and groomed to be the next generation of pool professionals. These young professionals undergo many hours of yearly training offered by manufacturers such as Pentair, Coverstar, and Lonza. Recently one of them passed the Certified Pool Maintenance Specialist National Examination.


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