Flooring Announces Western Regional Sales Manager
Aacer Flooring is pleased to announce the addition of Steve Hayes to
their Sport Division as Western Regional Sales Manager. Hayes is the
owner of Kinetic Sports Consulting and has over 20 years of experience
working on the design, construction and operation of indoor and outdoor
athletic facilities. Hayes also has experience working in Business
Development for a large General Contractor/Construction Management firm
in the K-12 market.
Having worked in the sports flooring industry as a Regional Sales
Manager for over ten years, Hayes will use his diverse background,
experience and industry relationships to expand the Aacer brand in the
Western US. Hayes will be working with Aacer dealers in the states of:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,
New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, British Columbia and Alberta.
Hayes can be reached at
email@example.com or 815-955-6894.
Aacer Flooring is the leading manufacturer of northern hardwood flooring
for the sport & recreation, residential and commercial markets. With a
300,000 square foot, environmentally controlled manufacturing facility
and 14 kilns, all material is kiln-dried, milled and graded to precision
on-site. To learn more about Aacer Flooring, visit
www.aacerflooring.com or call 715-582-1181.
Corporation Acquires Latexite International, Inc.
California Products Corporation, a leading manufacturer of sports
surfaces, architectural and environmental containment coatings has
announced the acquisition of Latexite International Inc., Premier
Concepts Inc., and Guardian Crack Repair Products, LLC.
Latexite International Inc. is a manufacturer of Latex-ite®, a sports
surface coating system used for tennis, basketball, volleyball,
badminton, and other multi-sport uses (Latex-ite® is a registered
trademark of Dalton Enterprises, Inc.). Premier Concepts, incorporated
in 1989 produces PREMIER COURT®, a patented manufactured composite that
provides impact absorbing cushion which minimizes repetitive shock and
reduces body stress. Guardian Crack Repair, originated in 2003 is
designed to repair tennis court cracks and cracked sport surfaces.
Innovators of “peel and seal” crack repair technology, Guardian is an
advanced patented crack repair system used on thousands of asphalt and
concrete surfaces around the world.
Their products can be found in a wide variety of markets: national
stadiums, international tennis venues, resorts, clubs, schools,
colleges, and private residences. These tennis surfaces have been
selected at some of the world’s most prestigious events, including the
Memphis Open, the International Premier Tennis League, Davis Cup and Fed
Cup ties, and at many of the finest facilities around the globe. “This
renews our commitment to providing quality products and exceptional
service to today’s ever growing global tennis market”, remarked Andrew
Schweibold, managing partner at Delos Capital, who owns California
The acquisition of these brands strengthens the sports surfacing
products provided by California Sports Surfaces (CSS) which includes
Plexipave®, the surface of the Australian Open since 2008, DecoTurf® the
surface of the US Open since 1978, Rebound Ace the surface of the Asian
Games, and Plexitrac a superior track surface system for full
performance athletic facilities. “This transaction offers a strategic
fit that will add new products, brands, geographies and distribution
channels to our existing footprint,” states California Products’
Chairman and CEO, Peter Longo. “We are committed to expansion and
business augmentation. We will continue to seek out new market
opportunities to advance our brands and products,” added Steven
McMenamin the Company’s COO.
John Graham, Managing Director of CSS is pleased to announce that
several individuals including Chris Rossi, President of Premier Concepts
will be joining the California Sports Surfaces team in the areas of
sales, customer service, distribution, and technical support. “We are
very pleased to be joining CSS and the three most recognized tennis
brands in the industry,” said Mr. Rossi, “Our brands are the perfect
complement to Plexipave, DecoTurf and Rebound Ace.” The acquisition will
add to California Sports Surfaces’ offerings. All of the products will
be manufactured by California Products 160,000 square foot state of the
art manufacturing facility to facilitate growth and efficiencies
throughout the United States and the world.
About California Products Corporation
Headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, California Products is a
leading manufacturer of California Paints® and Storm System®
architectural coatings, including 2010® and Fres-Coat® Velvet Flat,
constantly rated the #1 exterior paint by a leading consumer magazine.
Its Sports Surfaces Division is the world’s largest producer of acrylic
athletic surfacing materials, primarily for tennis and running tracks.
Fiberlock Technologies® offers the broadest and most comprehensive
product lines for mold remediation and lead encapsulation. For more
Color Students and Faculty Happy
with Green and Gold Track
How's life in the fast lane?
Much more colorful these days for student runners at Knoxville Catholic
High since Competition Athletic Surfaces resurfaced the school’s track
with alternating lanes of green and gold.
Completed in the fall of 2013, the two-color renovation demonstrates the
Chattanooga company’s willingness to attempt untried assignments,
collaborate with suppliers to accommodate customers’ budgets and apply
imaginative approaches to overcoming challenges.
"Our staff has experience working on nearly every type of surface in the
athletic surfaces industry," says CAS president Lee Murray. "But we
rarely are asked to do a two-color track. What's more, the Knoxville
Catholic budget for the new track made the project seem way out of
The CAS tradition of relying on staff creativity and superior products
to meet its customers' needs led to the attractive new track for Knox
Catholic. “We turned to our suppliers and figured out a way to do the
project actually a little below the school's budget," Murray says. "And
we called on the ingenuity and experience of our staff to produce a
two-color track that is both aesthetically pleasing and durable."
The 82-year-old home of Knoxville’s Fighting Irish has a long tradition
of athletic excellence and today offers students the opportunity to
participate in 17 sports.
Knoxville Catholic Athletic Director Jason Surlas says he was thinking
of replacing the old black track with a conventional one-color surface
when a track coach suggested two colors in keeping with the newly
rehabbed football field.
Surlas, who played football for the University of Tennessee, is glad he
warmed to the coach’s idea. He says the new track has been a huge hit
with faculty and students. “The track created quite a buzz,” he says.
“In fact, it was the talk of the campus for weeks after its completion.”
The CAS surfacing job is prominently featured on the school website with
two images of Knox Catholic runners posed on the green and gold track
Over the years Murray has supervised CAS assignments that include
constructing a test site for changing the U.S. Tennis Open courts in New
York to a two-color scheme and building an exercise track on the roof of
a Unum insurance company building in downtown Chattanooga. He says his
company uses Plexitrac surfacing systems for many jobs, including the
Knox Catholic track.
“The materials are durable with excellent UV resistance,” Murray says.
“One component in the surfaces is recycled rubber products, so Plexitrac
systems are also environmentally friendly.”
Paul Harris is Mid-Atlantic Area manager for California Sport Surfaces,
which supplies CAS with Plexitrac.
Harris says the versatility and variety of Plexitrac products are
helpful to contractors. “We can provide contractors with reliable
solutions and a variety of options to satisfy even the most creative and
demanding customers,” he says.
And job site challenges are nothing new for Murray and his team. "They
have worked on some very difficult sites, including rooftops,” Harris
says. “Lee's standards of quality and eye for detail make him an
“We have had a long standing and fruitful relationship with CAS that has
been beneficial to both parties,” Harris continues. “This type of
partnership is what we would consider the ideal in our industry. The
comfort level allows California Products and CAS to confidently pursue
some very interesting, albeit atypical and challenging, situations.”
California Products Vice President Art Tucker says Competition Athletic
Surfaces has a justly deserved reputation for using new techniques to
deliver innovative solutions to owners.
“This is the approach which helps a supplier learn the limitations and
capabilities of its products,” he says. “We are fortunate to be able to
call Competition Athletic one of our Authorized Applicators."
Olympians Inspire Elementary School Students
Three members of the U.S. Olympic Women's
field hockey team, who train in Lancaster County, Pa., recently spoke to
students at Bucher Elementary School, also in Lancaster. Team Captain
Lauren Crandall, Katie Reinprecht, and Stefanie Fee inspired students by
introducing themselves and talking about what it’s like to be an
Olympian and how to set goals and succeed. The Olympians also talked
about what their team theme “UN1TED” means and how it compares to Bucher
Elementary School’s theme for this year, which is “UN1TY.”
Crandall, Reinprecht, and Fee spent approximately 25 minutes speaking to
each grade, which included kindergarten through fourth grades. The
highlight of each presentation was a skills demonstration on ECORE
In addition to traveling around the world playing field hockey,
Crandall, Reinprecht, and Fee also work part-time at ECORE
International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique
performance surfacing. The Olympians’ insights have been critical in the
development of the company’s newest surfacing brand, ECORE Athletic,
which offers everything from underlayments to court surfaces and turf
products. Each product in the ECORE Athletic line contains an element of
recycled rubber, which offers superior impact absorption and excellent
slip resistant properties, allowing athletes to perform better, longer.
To learn more, visit about ECORE Athletic:
www.ecoreathletic.com. To learn more about the U.S. Olympic Women’s
Field Hockey Team visit:
About ECORE International:
ECORE was born “green” and has been making smart choices for more than a
century. What began as the Lancaster Cork Company in 1876 is now ECORE
International. In addition to creating cork products, ECORE is committed
to transforming reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing.
Collins Country Club Installs LSI Lighting System
As part of a $5 million expansion and renovation program, the Fort
Collins Country Club constructed three new indoor tennis courts to
complement their existing five outdoor courts. The facility chose to use
the new SxS LED lighting system from LSI to illuminate the courts. The
average light levels provided by the SxS system as designed for this
facility are over 100 foot-candles, with exceptional uniformity. In
addition, the SxS LED system requires virtually no maintenance over its
60,000 to 100,000 hour life. Most importantly, the SxS system will
require 50% less energy cost than conventional lighting systems.
Fort Collins Country Club Director of Tennis
Scott Langs commented, “I've been a tennis pro for over 30 years and
have been in many indoor clubs. The new LED lighting system LSI provided
is the best I've seen.”
Consulting Engineers Working on New, Improved Facilities
Suburban Consulting Engineers (SCE) is currently working with several
local governmental clients and school districts on designing new and
improved state-of-the-art multi-purpose recreation and athletic
facilities that offer local athletes, sport activists, and community
members new and improved areas to utilize for sport games and
recreational activities. Each of these new facilities include design
aspects which are exclusive to each site and memorable features which
are unique to local residents and surrounding community area.
SCE is working with the County of Hudson on redesigning one of their
largest and most beautiful parks; James J. Braddock Park. This park is
home to over 21 fields and courts for various sports and activities,
offers a small playground area for young children and maintains a
Natural Wildlife Sanctuary. This exciting improvements projects involves
the construction of synthetic multi-use fields, located on the northerly
side of the park which will accommodate soccer, football, softball, and
baseball. Included in this project is the design of an Armed Forces
Memorial to honor each of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. The
memorial plaza and passive recreation area includes flag poles, plaques,
game tables, and decorative lighting and connects pedestrian traffic to
all portions of the park and will be visually linked to the new
multi-use fields at the park.
On a similar project in central New Jersey, SCE is working with the City
of New Brunswick on designing a synthetic turf multi-purpose athletic
field equipped, equipped with a six (6) lane 400 meter running track.
SCE and the City of New Brunswick are rapidly designing this new
cutting-edge facility in order to be fully functional and ready for use
by the City high school athletic teams by September 2015. Also included
in this fast-track project are updates to the existing grandstand and
locker room building, which has not been updated since its construction
in 1938. All improvements to the field and locker area will include new
state-of-the-art materials and will meet the specifications for the high
school interscholastic use per NFHS Standards.
More improvements similar in nature are being provided at two (2) sites
for the Hanover Park School District: Hanover Park and Whippany Park
High Schools. Both of these improvement projects include the design of
new synthetic multi-purpose fields equipped with running tracks and
include site updates of the bleachers, lighting, site grading, field
amenities, pedestrian access and ADA accessibility. In memory of the
attack on 9/11 the Hanover Park School District is incorporating a
memorial in the entrance plaza at each of the sites, which will contain
pieces of steel from the twin towers.
SCE’s exceptional team of professionals are working side-by-side with
our clients on each of these exciting on-going projects and are
dedicated to meeting and exceeding all expectations and goals outlined
by our clients. Our team, as always, is honored to be involved in such
exceptional projects and we look forward to the summer and fall
construction of each of these sites where our client’s project visions
will be made reality. Congratulations to all members involved who are
contributing to the success of each of these projects.
SCE is a multi-disciplined civil engineering, landscape architecture,
environmental science and land surveying firm providing professional
services to municipalities, counties, park commissions, colleges, boards
of education, water and wastewater utilities and land developers. SCE
possesses all the professional expertise and experience to assist our
clients with their park, recreation and athletic facility project needs.
For over 28 years, SCE has been a winning team member for Municipal,
Public Agency and Private clients and community leaders. We are
available to serve you today and are confident that we will exceed your
expectations and provide you with the highest level of professional
services. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation and discover
what client satisfaction is really all about!
Awarded to SportsEdge® for Synthetic Turf & Track Drain
SportsEdge® (Troutman, NC) is proud to announce they have received a
patent for the Terminator Drain System, a unique surface drain system
that simultaneously collects all of the storm water that falls on the
synthetic turf field and running track. The storm water from the
synthetic turf field is collected by using a dual purpose Shock and
Drainage pad that is installed on top of an impervious liner and then
conveys the water to the Terminator Edge Collector Drain. The storm
water from the all-weather track is also collected in the same Edge
Drain. In addition, the Terminator incorporates an integral synthetic
Why use Terminator? There are several reasons; first, when due to
conditions simple re-infiltration is not an option, requiring collection
and treatment of water coming off the field. Second, in drought stricken
areas, like the southwestern U.S. or locations with low annual rainfall,
water can be harvested for other uses, such as landscape irrigation.
Third, on sites where poor soil types prevent re-infiltration of the
storm water requiring the soils to be excavated and replaced at a very
high cost. Fourth, when affordable and good quality drainage stone is
extremely expensive or simply not locally available. Fifth, when
building in areas of limestone where sink holes can occur. Sixth, a
designer may simply wish to avoid the potential problems of site-built
drainage schemes like overworked stone, contractor inexperience or dirty
stone. Finally, when safety of the athletes and reducing liability is a
paramount concern, science and experience show that shock pads have a
much greater impact on safety, thereby reducing Traumatic Brain Injury.
The SportsEdge Terminator System incorporates the ProPlay 23D shock and
drainage pad. The 23D is tested regularly against standards used all
over the world and meets the safety and performance requirements of the
STC, ASTM, FIFA and the IRB. The 23D pad has a 30% open matrix as well
as drainage channels that produce the best lateral drainage in the
business, and it comes with a 25 year warranty. ProPlay 23D offers
Consistent Gmax over the entire field, excellent Biomechanics, it’s 100%
Recycled & Recyclable, and has the best lateral drainage of any shock
For more information contact SportsEdge at
or PH: 800-334-6057.
Sportworks Field Design Adds G-MAX Testing
in November, Sportworks Field Design added G-MAX testing to its arsenal
of field testing, helping local schools and organizations improve
safety. The new service will help field owners measure the impact of
their synthetic turf fields on player’s bodies and, more importantly,
their heads. Sportworks, a division of The Kleingers Group, specializes
in civil engineering and not building or maintaining fields. As a
result, field owners can be confident they are receiving independent and
G-Max testing is the latest field testing
service to be added to the complement of services at Sportworks and
joins ASTM Standard testing, ball roll and vertical rebound testing, and
Sportsfield Specialties Earns Exposure, Opportunity as
NFL's Leading Goal Post Supplier
Driven by a desire to make the kicking aspect of scoring more exciting
and challenging, the National Football League put goal posts in the news
during the 2014 season, first by raising the uprights from 30 feet to 35
feet for regular and post-season play and then by experimenting with
narrower 14-foot crossbars at the annual Pro Bowl in January 2015.
The first decision, to permanently raise the uprights, was the
equivalent of hitting the reset button for the league’s authorized
suppliers of goal posts. By late spring, every NFL stadium was faced
with the challenge of meeting the required height while also trying to
accommodate the existing in-ground mounting systems. It was a challenge
that Sportsfield Specialties Inc. (SSI) quickly proved it was best
prepared to meet. By the league mandated deadline of August 1, 2014, SSI
had increased its number of NFL stadiums from three to twenty-three and
had also supplied an additional number of team practice facilities with
its goal posts.
Not only was the NFL’s decision to raise the uprights good for business
at SSI, it also brought residual benefits in terms of national media
exposure for the company in print outlets such as The New York Times and
USA TODAY which covered the off-season equipment change at stadiums
around the league. It was just the beginning.
In early October, a crew from NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ came to the
SSI factory in Delhi, NY to provide a close up look at the multi-step
process of making goal posts. The feature included footage of bending
the gooseneck, welding the crossbar attachment, drilling the crossbar
opening, and applying powder coating (paint) to the uprights. Once
completed, the report was aired as a segment on NFL Films Presents, a
weekly half-hour show that was televised multiple times on national
cable networks Fox Sports 1 and NFL Network during December.
According the NFL Films producer Jeff Larsen, the widespread use of
SSI’s goal posts in the NFL was a major factor in the decision to
spotlight the company in the feature. “In my online research it was
quickly apparent that Sportsfield is the go-to source for goal posts,”
That was evident when executives at the NFL league office, which manages
the Pro Bowl game, asked SSI to make 14-foot crossbars to narrow the
uprights at University of Phoenix Stadium for their annual all-star
showcase. Because University of Phoenix Stadium already had SSI goal
posts, converting from the standard crossbar of 18 feet 6 inches was
only a matter of removing it and replacing it with the 14-foot version
Narrowing the goal posts is the latest refinement to the kicking game to
be considered by the NFL. It’s expected to place increased importance on
accuracy and could result in noticeable changes in game strategy on
fourth down plays. Currently, more than 90 percent of field goals
attempted from inside the 40-yard-line are being converted and the
accuracy rates for kicks longer than 40 yards has steadily improved in
Perhaps the kicking results from 2015 Pro Bowl will prompt another
change by the NFL in the size of its goal posts. Should that happen, SSI
plans to be ready.
Sports Group Working with Northeastern University
Stantec’s Sport Group is working on space planning and design for a
community playground and athletic field complex at Northeastern
University in Boston. The project aims to redesign the site to add more
field space, maximizing both community and university use. The group is
also designing a complex in Milpitas, California that includes adding a
skatepark and converting existing multipurpose fields to synthetic turf.
Greenfield Polymers to become Stockmeier
Urethanes UK Ltd.
Stockmeier Urethanes GmbH is pleased to announce that Greenfield
Polymers Ltd. will officially change its business name to Stockmeier
Urethanes UK Ltd., effective immediately. Greenfield Polymers Ltd. is a
provider of material, solutions and services to a variety of industries,
and is active in the fields of electronic grade potting compounds and
electrical encapsulants, as well as adhesives and sealants for numerous
industry sectors. It has been owned and operated by Stockmeier Urethanes
GmBH for the past three (3) years. Prior to the acquisition, Greenfield
Polymers was one of the leading independent UK companies in this field.
“The acquisition of Greenfield Polymers Ltd.
has opened up new global markets and has provided an enhanced product
portfolio for Stockmeier Urethanes,” said Christian Martinkat, CEO of
Stockmeier Urethanes. “We are very proud to confirm our commitment to
local manufacture, development and support to the United Kingdom by
extending the Stockmeier Urethanes UK Ltd. name to Greenfield Polymers.”
As a specialist within the Stockmeier Group,
Stockmeier Urethanes GmbH & Co. was founded in 1991 in Germany as a
polyurethane systems house focused on the development, production and
marketing of coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers for a wide
variety of sports and industrial markets. Operating worldwide with ISO
9001 certified production facilities and laboratories in Germany,
France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Stockmeier Urethanes
provides customers with consistent global delivery of high quality
polyurethane products and services.
Surfaces, Inc. has New Publication on Synthetic Turf Infill
Synthetic Surfaces Inc. (SSI) has a new publication on the topic of
synthetic turf infill. It is a Q&A that addresses the recent bad
publicity infill has received as being a potential health hazard, and a
“remedy” for it. A free copy of this Q&A is available upon request by
calling SSI at 908-233-6803 or by sending an email to
Additionally, the “Publications” page on the SSI website (www.nordot.com)
features an updated list of 70 educational publications and literature
on a wide variety of synthetic turf-related topics written between 1973
and 2015. Interested persons can also request copies of items from this
list via phone or email as noted above.
The author of the Q&A and publications is Norris Legue, President of SSI
and a chemist who was a pioneer in the synthetic turf industry in the
1960s. As a result of his decades of experience, knowledge, research,
and product development, Norris is often consulted by companies around
the world for his thoughts about the accomplishments, problems and
future growth of the synthetic turf industry, and has written
extensively about it.
Techlight Introduces New Tennis High Output LED
Techlight is pleased to announce that production has started on the
“Scimitar” our newest addition to our expanding LED line.
The Scimitar will be offered in three different wattages, 283, 427, and
569 watts which will be comparable to 400 watt up to 1000 watt Metal
Halide systems. The optical assemblies will be designed specifically for
the Tennis market with a Type IV optic to put more light on the playing
zone. In addition an adjustable knuckle for mounting will insure
fixtures align horizontally each time.
This fixture is also DLC (Energy Star) rated for potential rebates where
high KWH rates apply.
For more information please contact Chris Bryant at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Doug
Kile at email@example.com.
UK Commonwealth Stadium to Feature UBU Sports Products
UK Commonwealth Stadium will feature a new UBU Sports-Speed Series-S5-M
when football takes the field this fall. Vescio SportsFields and Kiefer
USA will team to successfully complete the stadium surface enhancement.