Achieves Top Results in ISO 9001 Quality Audit
Act Global, a worldwide synthetic turf manufacturer, has successfully
completed an independent, third-party audit to be re-certified for
international quality standards set forth by ISO 9001. The company
passed with an impeccable report and zero compliance issues.
ISO 9001 is a world-recognized standard for quality management, focused
on all areas of business including facilities, people, product quality,
training processes and customer service.
“For a company to truly achieve a culture of quality, it takes team
members with skill, commitment and passion to make it happen,” said Fred
Gregg, quality manager of Act Global. “Act Global management and staff
have defined key processes and responsibilities to demonstrate our focus
on quality, customers, efficiency, technology and continual
Gregg emphasized that adhering to ISO 9001 methodology helps ensure that
customers get consistent, high-quality products and services.
“By implementing quality standards in each phase of production, Act
Global can reliably deliver a high-quality synthetic turf system to
every customer,” said Gregg.
During the manufacturing phases, the Act Global quality program focuses
on problem prevention in addition to problem detection. The company
completes quality checks at every stage of production, including a final
visual inspection of the turf to verify consistency and quality. Act
Global also retains samples of all products that are shipped to the job
site for future testing and comparison with field performance.
Act Global adheres to a total quality management approach, including
each of the following phases:
Research and development
Product design and testing
Employee training and procedures
Manufacturing processes which focuses on
Strict sourcing of quality raw materials
Processes to detect, record and resolve
any product quality matters
Final pre-shipment inspection
Act Global is a Certified Synthetic Turf Council Manufacturer, FIFA
Preferred Producer for Football Turf and has synthetic turf
installations in over 70 countries around the world.
Continued Rising Lumber Prices Prompts Price Increase at Action Floor
Action Floor Systems, one of the largest
suppliers of hardwood maple sports floor systems in the U.S., has
announced a price increase of 5-7 % on all maple flooring effective
December 16, 2013, according to company president Tom Abendroth.
"Lumber costs have increased dramatically
during the past two years due to constrained supply and greater market
demand," Abendroth stated. "Increasing our pricing at this time is
necessary to maintain the level of product quality and service our
customers expect and to continue our commitments to new product
development and sustainable forests."
"If lumber prices continue to rise, and we
think they will, additional increases may be necessary" Abendroth noted.
A good barometer to know what to expect going forward is the Hardwood
Market Report, which is an authority on reporting lumber pricing around
Action Floor Systems, LLC manufactures a wide
selection of high-performance hardwood sports floor systems, and also
offers Action Herculan® polyurethane synthetic systems, Action
QuickCourt™ performance modular sports floor system, Action RexCourt®
vinyl sheet, Action ReFlex® recycled rubber flooring products, and the
patented Action AirRide floor cover systems.
Action Floor Systems has been certified as a
Carbon Negative Footprint provider following a Life Cycle Assessment
conducted by the University of Wisconsin and Carbon Clear, an
international independent auditor of manufacturing carbon profiles.
Action Floor Systems is the only Maple Flooring Manufacturers
Association (MFMA) member to receive this independently audited
For more information, contact Action Floor Systems, 4781 North U.S.
Highway 51 Mercer, WI 54547-9708 Phone 1.800.746.3512 Fax 715.476.3585
or visit www.actionfloors.com.
Hires Megan Buczynski
Activitas, Inc. of Dedham, Massachusetts is pleased to announce that
Megan Buczynski, PE has joined the firm as its Principal Civil Engineer.
Megan brings over a decade of experience in the design of college and
professional athletic facilities. In addition to the many awards Megan
has received during her professional design career, she was also a
standout field hockey captain at Brown University where she garnered
All-America honors for the Northeast Region.
Promotes Bryan Mitterling
Starting January 2014 Bryan Mitterling, CTB has been promoted to
Associate working closely with Sales and Operations to bring added skill
and insight to the business. ATT Sports, Inc. is celebrating its 10th
year in business in 2014 with over four hundred track projects completed
from Maine to Atlanta. ATT Sports will continue to operate as a highly mobile
construction company with completed work this past year at Division 1
Collegiate level as well as numerous prestigious and challenging
projects throughout our market.
Industries Supplies LED Tennis Court Lighting System for Alton, IL
Historically, lighting for outdoor tennis courts required metal halide
systems because of the high light levels required for effective play.
The homeowner constructing a tennis court at their residence in Alton,
IL was looking for a more innovative option and chose an LED lighting
system manufactured by LSI Industries. As compared to traditional 1000w metal
halide fixtures, the LSI solid-state LED fixtures reduced the total
connected electrical load more than 50%. The eight pole lighting system
provides vivid illumination with uniform lighting levels across the
playing surface. The forward throw reflector system of the LED fixtures
provides sharp cutoff behind the fixtures, eliminating spill light to
the area surrounding the court. The LED lighting system will provide
years of maintenance-free operation with little lumen depreciation over
the life of the system. An added bonus is that the LED fixtures operate
at full brightness immediately when they are turned on, as opposed to
the gradual warm-up time required for metal halide fixtures. In the end,
the homeowner and the installing contractor (McConnell Sports / St.
Louis, MO) agreed that the LED lighting system was a winner.
Architecture Announces Completed Projects
RDA Landscape Architecture PC, of St. James, Long Island, NY, announces
the construction completion of the following sports and field facilities
Longwood High School, Middle Island, (Long Island), NY
Synthetic turf multi-purpose field
Resilient-surfaced 400-meter running track and field events
Great Neck North Middle School, Great Neck, (Long Island), NY
Great Neck South High School, Great Neck, (Long Island), NY
Resilient-surfaced 400-meter running
track and field events
Natural grass soccer field
Natural grass girls' lacrosse field
Great Neck South Middle School, Great Neck, (Long Island), NY
RDA was responsible for planning, design, preparation of construction
documents, bidding and construction oversight.
SportsEdge Announces TERMINATOR System
SportsEdge® is proud to announce the release
of the TERMINATOR™ System, the next generation of drainage design for
synthetic turf athletic fields. Unlike other edge or sheet drain
installations or traditional stone base designs, this patent pending
system creates a completely self-contained, engineered drainage envelope
that will capture of ALL of the storm water on a synthetic turf field,
with or without a track.
This “base in a box” concept is the natural
outgrowth of track drain systems and is based on the time-tested
SportsEdge XT-4 Track Drain. But the TERMINATOR™ goes a step further in
the evolution of synthetic turf drainage. It replaces the site- built
dynamic stone base and collector pipe sub-surface designs with a
shallow, serviceable surface drainage product.
Poorly draining soil conditions and high
water tables are no challenge for the TERMINATOR. All storm water
collection takes place near the field surface. Well draining fields can
now be built on sites with mixed sub-grade soil types, expansive soils,
high water tables…..without the cost of stripping and replacing
TERMINATOR™ handles any storm water event,
improves G-Max performance, reduces construction costs and time to
project completion, lowers environmental impact, and takes the guesswork
out of field drainage; Guaranteed performance every time, under any
conditions. The TERMINATOR System is the faster, easier and smarter way
to drain synthetic turf fields and tracks.
Sporturf Hires Kevin Barker
Controlled Products, LLC, a leading manufacturer of synthetic turf
worldwide, has hired Kevin Barker to serve as the corporations Vice
President of Marketing and Sales. In this newly created role, Barker
will make a significant contribution towards leading the company's
growth strategy and brand awareness across all four divisions of Controlled
"Having Kevin join our leadership team in
this highly critical role was a major win for the organization,"
explained Darby McCamy ,Vice President of the Sporturf division. "With
his proven business acumen and strategic perspective, he will play an
integral role driving our continued domestic and international
Barker has over 25 years of expertise in
sales, business development strategy and marketing. Most recently, he
served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Aacer Flooring
LLC managing the sales and business development processes and overall
strategy for the wood flooring company. He helped take Aacer through an
entire rebranding and reorganization changing the companys commodity
based product offering to a value-add sales focused company. During his
stint as Vice President of Business Development for Athletic Republic,
Barker grew the business by 300% and helped develop an extensive network
of new franchisees worldwide. Prior to Athletic Republic, he also worked
as the Vice President of Sales for Connor Sport Court International
where he was responsible for selling to the NBA and Division I, II and
III colleges. Barker is a veteran with the United States Marine Corps,
and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and
performed graduate work at the University of Denver.
SPRINTURF Acquires Synthetic
SPRINTURF, manufactures 100 percent of its products in-house and in the
USA, recently announced the acquisition of Synthetic Lawn Supply, Inc. (SLS)
effective January 1, 2014. Synthetic Lawn Supply, Inc. is headquartered
in San Diego, CA.
In announcing the acquisition, Rom Reddy,
Managing Partner of SPRTINTURF said, “We are excited to combine
SPRINTURF’s manufacturing capabilities with SLS’ Landscape turf
distribution in southern California. The extensive SLS distribution
provides an excellent opportunity to significantly boost our presence in
the southwest U.S. Landscape segment.”
Ken London, Founder, Synthetic Lawn Supply,
Inc. added, “SPRINTURF’s extensive U.S. manufacturing capabilities will
ensure SLS customers a significantly higher quality product line and
stability of supply.”
Sportsfield Specialties Plays Key Role in Restoration of Philadelphia
The dedication of Team Vick Field in August 2013, which featured Eagles
quarterback Michael Vick cutting the ceremonial ribbon to officially
open the field, also brought recognition for Sportsfield Specialties
Inc. (SSI) of Delhi which supplied new GoalPak® Combination Football
Goal Post and Soccer Goal Systems with corresponding football goal post
pads and ComBox® Electrical/Communication Junction Boxes to the $1.4
million restoration of the playing field at Hunting Park in
Philadelphia, PA. Representing SSI at the dedication ceremony were David
Moxley, Director of Sales, Jake Newkerk, Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales
Manager and Matt Moyse, Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Customer Service Manager.
The new and improved Team Vick Field represents the successful
collaboration of many organizations, companies, and individuals in
bringing the field back to prominence as a centerpiece of Hunting Park.
SSI and other contributors are recognized on a permanent sign at one end
of the field not far from one of the company’s goal posts.
Team Vick Field is once again the home field for the North Philly
Aztecs, the neighborhood Pop Warner team which left Hunting Park when
the field, suffering from neglect, became unsafe and unplayable nearly
20 years ago. The field is also the new home for the Little Flower High
School girl’s soccer team. The finished project shines thanks to a new
synthetic infill turf athletic field playing surface, repaved asphalt
running track, new field drainage, field lighting, scoreboards and the
athletic equipment manufactured and supplied by SSI.
The listing of backers of the Hunting Park Revitalization Project who
brought momentum to the project following a $200,000 donation from
Michael Vick’s Team Vick Foundation includes the City of Philadelphia,
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Eagles, JAWS Youth
Playbook (headed by former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski), LISC
Philadelphia, Philadelphia Chevy Dealers, CBS Eco Media, Patricia Kind,
Laura and Marc McKenna, North Philly Aztecs, NRG Energy, Seravalli Inc.,
The throng of neighborhood kids who joined the dedication festivities
wasn’t lost on Moyse, who initiated SSI involvement in the project. “For
years we’ve been supplying our equipment to professional teams,
colleges, and high schools through designers and contractors, but this
was one of those rare opportunities where we could contribute directly
to a high-use community recreation facility,” said Moyse. “Those kids
will be the beneficiaries of Team Vick Field and we at SSI feel very
good about that.”
Bond Design Greenwood Playground
Tighe & Bond provided the City of Gardner with design services to
rehabilitate the Greenwood Playground located in the heart of downtown
Gardner, Massachusetts. The playground was last renovated in 1986 and
the existing tennis courts, playscape, and basketball court had
deteriorated to the point where they were seldom used by residents in
the area. Recent upgrades completed at the playground breathed new life
into this vibrant community asset. This included demolition of the old
tennis courts, replacement of the basketball court and playscape,
rehabilitation of the youth baseball diamond, and installation of new
sidewalks, benches, and fencing. The new outdoor asphalt based
basketball court was built to NCAA size standards and included a state
of the art textured acrylic based latex surface in multiple colors.
Tighe & Bond’s scope of work for the project
included helping the City during planning for the playground upgrades,
preparation of construction documents for the project, and assistance
with public bidding and administration of the construction contract. In
addition, the company provided on-site construction observation during the
rehabilitation work. As part of the project planning phase, Tighe & Bond
also participated in a public forum with City officials to obtain input
and ideas on the proposed upgrades from abutters and neighbors to the
Construction of the playground upgrades
began in April 2013, and was completed in late November of the same
year. Future plans for additional upgrades at the playground include the
installation of a skateboard park.
Tighe & Bond is a one of the most
experienced engineering firms in New England, with offices in Pocasset,
Westfield, and Worcester, Massachusetts; Middletown and Shelton,
Connecticut; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. With a team of more than 240
employees, Tighe & Bond provides engineering and environmental services
for clients in government, industry, healthcare, education, real estate,
energy, and water/wastewater markets.
Fitness Provides Members with a Luxurious Gym Experience
One of Urge Fitness’ tag lines is “to expect a fitness experience like
no other.” And that’s just what users will encounter at its facility in
Ewing, N.J. This fitness center offers everything from personal and
large group training to speed training and conditioning, group exercise,
nutrition counseling, and The Challenge – a group training class and
total weight loss system.
In order to provide all of these amenities,
Urge Fitness has designated spaces in its facility for each of these
activities. This includes a personal training and boot camp area, spin
room, cardio area, Group X section where Zumba, kick boxing, Pilates and
aerial yoga are performed, pro shop, and BlendBar cafe.
To help differentiate each of these areas,
Urge Fitness installed various ECORE and ECORE Commercial Flooring (ECF)
products – Everlast rolled goods, Everlast UltraTile®, Everlast Terf,
and Polyflor’s Expona. LG’s Rexcourt™ was also used. ECORE, a company
that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing,
manufactures Everlast. ECF is a sales entity that encompasses innovative
brands, including Polyflor that are ideal for the commercial flooring
“I had used rubber flooring in another club
that I had years ago,” said Shayne Michaelis, Principal of Urge Fitness.
“I reached out to Mark Giuranna at ECORE. I was strictly going for the
rubber, and then it opened me up to all of these other products and
Everlast rolled goods were installed
throughout the cardio area, spin room, and on the main floor; Everlast
UltraTile was used in the weight room; Polyflor’s Expona, a luxury vinyl
tile, was installed around the front desk, café, on the walkways, and in
the locker rooms; and, LG’s Rexcourt, a performance flooring that offers
the look of hard wood, was used in the Group X training area. Last, but
not least, the Everlast Terf that was installed is unique, because it
looks like grass. Terf also features ECORE’s itstru technology, which
allows a nylon wear layer to be fused to a backing that contains
post-consumer recycled rubber and is ideal for high-performance sports
and fitness venues.
“We installed Everlast in Grippin’ Grey
rolled rubber on a 35-foot track,” said Michaelis. “We built it right
into the Terf, and the track is about 8 feet wide. This area is used for
our TRX classes, where participants flip tires and pull sleds. Total
personal training and a functional boot camp are also held here. The
Terf area is where you will find all the toys.”
In addition to being functional and attractive, what Michaelis likes
most about the flooring available through ECF is that it’s easy to
clean. “Normally you see carpet in a cardio area and where you hold spin
classes,” said Michaelis. “If someone spills something, you can’t clean
it up. Now all we have to do is get a mop and a bucket, and it looks
brand new again. That holds true with where we installed Rexcourt too.
Usually hardwood would be installed here, but the Rexcourt is easier to
clean and wears well.”
After being open less than a month, Urge
Fitness’ Ewing, N.J. location already had 247 members. “People are
definitely impressed,” said Michaelis, and he is very satisfied with the
“I plan to use ECORE products in other clubs
and am looking to start opening the next one in 2 or 3 months,” said
Michaelis. “It all looks great, especially the Everlast. The black
rubber with the little speckles gives the flooring character.”
To learn more about Everlast, visit