According to Zillow, the online residential real estate sales service, the top search term on its site in 2020 was “pool.” The desire to get outside during the pandemic drove buyers to seek homes with spaces to enjoy during the lockdown. Berkeley Heights-based Hayward Holdings Inc. is perfectly situated to take advantage of the increased emphasis on outdoor living. The company manufactures commercial and residential pool and spa equipment for a global market, with plants in the U.S., Europe and China. Hayward went public on the New York Stock Exchange on March 12, pricing more than 40 million shares at $17 each and trading under the ticker symbol HAYW. For this edition of NJBIZ Conversations, Editor Jeff Kanige spoke with Hayward CEO Kevin Holleran shortly after the stock started trading. Holleran discussed the company’s new technology and efforts to produce more environmentally friendly equipment, how the installed base of 25 million pools worldwide gives the company a steady market, and how Hayward plans to grow as a public company. Those plans could include some dealmaking. “Hayward has a pretty long and successful history of making some acquisitions and integrating them,” he said. “We have aspirations to continue that. ” To find out what kinds of targets might be on Holleran’s radar, watch the full interview HERE.