News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        January  2015

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Aacer 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 steveh@aacerflooring.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. 


California Products 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 Products Corporation.

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 information, visit www.calprocorp.com.

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 reach."

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 lanes.

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 exceptional contractor.”

“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 Athletic turf.

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: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Field-Hockey

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.


Fort 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.”


Suburban 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!


Patent Awarded to SportsEdge® for Synthetic Turf & Track Drain System

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 turf anchor.

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 pad.

For more information contact SportsEdge at www.sportsedge.com or PH: 800-334-6057.


Sportworks Field Design Adds G-MAX Testing

Beginning 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 unbiased results.

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 drainage testing.


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,” he said.

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 recent seasons.

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.


Stantec's 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. 


Synthetic 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 info@nordot.com

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 Fixture

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 cbryant10@cfl.rr.com or Doug Kile at dkile@techlightusa.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.


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