News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        July 2013

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Jim Savoca Joins AstroTurf®

Jim Savoca, true veteran of the synthetic turf industry, has re-joined the AstroTurf® team as Regional Vice President. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Savoca played football under the legendary coach Woody Hayes at The Ohio State University. After graduating in 1979, Jim joined the Monsanto team and began selling AstroTurf. Nearly 35 years later, Savoca has done it all—including manufacturing, installation, sales, and marketing. His storied turf career has come full circle, and Mr. Savoca now oversees AstroTurf sales in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. He resides in Austin, Texas.


City Rubber Completes Projects at American School in UAE

City Rubber Trading Establishment, established in 2004 headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, widely known for its import & export trading of rubber, with expertise & specialization in sports fields, swimming pool surroundings, horse facilities and athletic race tracks has recently completed installation of around 5,000 m2 projects consisting of Acrylic Flooring System, Artificial Turf and Outdoor Flooring System (SBR + EPDM) at the American School in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Moreover, adding to the lists of their completed projects were the Indoor Flooring Systems for Abu Dhabi and Al Ain schools as well as some renovations for old schools.


LSI Fixtures Used in New Tennis Center

The grand opening of the new Auburn Opelika Marriott Grand National tennis center was held on April 23, 2013. The facility includes eight clay tennis courts, a pro shop, and five pickleball courts. All of the tennis and pickleball courts are illuminated with (84) LSI Aeropro lighting fixtures. The Aeropro uses 1000 watt pulse start metal halide lamps to produce exceptionally brilliant and uniform light levels on the courts. All fixtures are mounted at 26' above the court. The Auburn Opelika Marriott Grand National Resort also features a 54 hole golf course which is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The resort is situated on 2,000 acres of scenic lakefront countryside and also includes a 129 room hotel and conference center.


Precision Sports Surfaces Renovates Alabama Facility

Precision Sports Surfaces, Inc. renovated the track and field facility at Gulf Shores, AL. This is the site of the Alabama State Championships.

The existing facility was an out-of-tolerance high school venue. Working with Ed Norton, RLA from Birmingham, Precision produced a Class 3 certified facility that can be used for NFHS and NCAA events. The project was done on time and on budget.

Precision Sports Surfaces staff installed a 10mm full-pour system using Rekortan components. The first use of the facility produced fourteen state records. The State of Virginia AAA’s are run on the same surface at Todd Stadium in Newport News, VA.


NFL Designates Sportsfield Specialties, Inc. as Approved Manufacturer of Football Goal Posts

Sportsfield Specialties Inc. (SSI) has received designation as an approved manufacturer of football goal posts by the National Football League. Such status has enabled the Delhi, NY-based company to expand its NFL business through the recent sale of one set of posts to the Carolina Panthers for Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte and two sets of posts to the Denver Broncos for newly upgraded practice fields at the team’s training facility in Englewood, CO.

In addition to these new installations, SSI goal posts are currently in use at two other NFL stadiums—Met Life Stadium, home of the New York Giants and New York Jets, and University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. A new set of SSI goal posts have also been ordered for Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA, the future home of the San Francisco 49ers which will open for the 2014 season. Those stadiums will play host to the next three Super Bowls—Met Life Stadium (2014), University of Phoenix Stadium (2015), and Levi’s Stadium (2016).

“Being cited as an approved manufacturer in the NFL’s game operations manual validates our goal post expertise for all of the league’s 32 teams to see,” said Wayne Oliver, President of SSI. “Manufacturing football goal posts is the biggest part of our business so we look forward to opportunities to supply posts to more NFL teams for their stadiums and practice facilities.”


TRS Welcomes Joe Vallo

As the industry’s leading provider of synthetic turf removal solutions, Turf Reclamation Services (TRS) is once again expanding to accommodate growing demand. TRS is proud to welcome Joe Vallo as the newest member of our staff. Fulfilling the role Division Manager, Vallo was hired to add immediate horsepower to the TRS management team, bringing with him extensive expertise in process development.

As the Division Manager of TRS, Vallo will specifically focus on developing and implementing a national equipment user group program. In addition, he will work to expand TRS’s delivery footprint across the country, with emphasis on the east and west coasts.
Joe Vallo, a proud BS and MBA graduate of The Ohio State University, joins TRS with 30+ years of experience in operational and administrative management. Most recently with Knovation, he held the role of Chief Operating Officer, served on their Board of Directors, and actually helped launch the organization at its start in 1999. Prior to that, he centered his focus around enterprise software systems management, including strategic system planning, software development, and package system implementations for LensCrafters, Price Waterhouse Consulting, Accenture Consulting, and Macy’s.

“Joe’s expertise will significantly contribute to TRS’s key growth areas, helping to lead the charge as we take the turf reclamation space by storm. It is with great excitement and honor that I welcome him to the team! We look forward to him aiding in the continued growth of TRS both nationally and internationally,” said Mark Heinlein, President of TRS.


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