Valder Named Regional Manager at Aacer Sports Flooring
Aacer Sports Flooring, a leading manufacturer of high-performance
hardwood flooring and sub-flooring systems for the sports industry, is
pleased to announce that Tim Valder has joined their staff as Regional
Manager for the Northeast Territory. Aacer is a member of Maple Flooring
Manufacturers Association (MFM) and is a certified mill.
“Aacer is excited to add Tim Valder to their Sports Flooring roster”,
said Ray Webb, General Manager of Aacer Flooring. “Tim has an impressive
history in the hardwood flooring and finishing industry. His energy and
20+ years of sales management experience will serve Aacer well as the
company focuses on relationships and service.” In his new role, Valder
will be focusing on fostering relationships with Dealers, Architects and
Owners; ensuring customer satisfaction; and recommending and creating
Aacer Flooring is a privately owned family business headquartered in
Peshtigo, WI. Aacer Flooring is a leading manufacturer of northern
hardwood flooring for the sport & recreation, residential and commercial
markets. With a 315,000 square foot, environmentally controlled
manufacturing facility and 15 kilns, all material is kiln-dried, milled
and graded to precision on-site. Aacer also supplies sub-floor systems
and synthetic flooring to the sports & recreational market. Aacer
products can be found installed throughout the world. To learn more
about Aacer Flooring, visit
www.aacerflooring.com or call 715-582-1181.
American Tennis Courts Completes
Towson University Project
American Tennis Courts has completed the Towson University Tennis Center
project. TU, home of the Tigers, replaced 10 United States Tennis
Association Regulation courts in the Two-Tone Gray Plexipave Color
System. Nets, posts, and fencing were also installed by American Tennis
Courts with Musco Lighting installing the new lighting system.
Manufactured by Advanced Polymer Technology, and Competition Athletic
Surfaces Create Unique Color Scheme for the University of Tennessee
Is gray the new orange at UT?
No, orange remains the Big Color on Campus in Knoxville, but a classy
charcoal hue -- dubbed Smokey gray -- made its debut on a Tennessee
alternate football jersey two years ago. Now Barksdale Tennis Stadium
sports the new team colors with handsome gray courts and orange playing
UT athletics officials reached out to an alumnus, Lee Murray (B.E.,'75)
to renovate the six Barksdale courts with a surface colored Smokey gray.
A veteran of the sports surface industry, Murray co-founded
Chattanooga-based Competition Athletic Surfaces in 2000.
Over the years he has surfaced tennis courts at colleges all over the
southeast, including Alabama, NCAA Champions Vanderbilt, Mississippi
State and the University of the South.
Murray's experience includes introducing a fresh look to tradition-bound
courts. In 2005 CAS assisted in testing prior to the changed the color
scheme at the U.S. Open from standard green to blue and green.
"The UT project was especially appealing since all of us who worked on
it are huge Vols' fans," said Murray, who doubled his crew to six for
the job so they could complete it last fall, ahead of bad weather. The
courts are now ready for UT spring tennis practice beginning in
Murray also enjoyed the challenge of coming up with the Smokey gray
color that would satisfy UT’ athletics department. He turned to frequent
partner, Laykold, to produce a high-performance acrylic surface with
playability and endurance -- in just the right shade of gray.
"In the end we used the Smokey gray on the playing area and Laykold’s
standard grey on the border, for an unusual two-tone effect, all
accented by the bright Big Orange boundary lines," Murray said. "The
coaches and facilities staffers all commented on how much they liked the
finished product. We were very pleased."
For photos and videos of the project go to
Competition Athletic Surfaces You Tube channel.
DI, DII and DIII Women’s Volleyball Championships Played on Sport Court
As official court of the NCAA Volleyball Championships, Sport Court
volleyball courts are installed by expert court builders for top NCAA
DI, DII and DIII schools and athletes. The volleyball championships
begin in November, with DIII Women’s Volleyball Championships, and
culminate in December with the DI Women’s Volleyball Championships. This
year, the DI Championship was held in Omaha, NE and played on a custom
designed Maple SelectTM volleyball court with a black boarder
and red attack zone.
Sport Court has been a partner of the NCAA for more than 20 years. Over
these years, we have seen athletes give their all on Sport Court
volleyball courts in hopes of capturing a title. Sport Court commends
these dedicated athletes and provides a professional court built with an
equal dedication to support these athletes in their quest for a National
Competitions like these give us a chance to reflect on the talent that
has developed on our playing surfaces. From practicing serving in their
back yards, to playing on volleyball club teams, to competing in
volleyball tournaments, Sport Court has helped cultivate athletes’
skills and dreams of being the top players in their sport. Now, they
step onto a Sport Court volleyball court to use these skills to win a
Congratulations to the newly crowned DI, DII and DIII NCAA Women’s
Volleyball Champions! As Official Court of NCAA Volleyball we couldn’t
ask for a better way to celebrate the athletes who have grown up on our
custom volleyball courts.
Har-Tru Sports Launches Electric Tennis Court Roller
Har-Tru Sports is proud to introduce the latest edition to its
innovative line of tennis court rollers, the CourtPac Electric.
“Customers have indicated that they want a roller that doesn’t make
noise, doesn’t make a mess, and is easy to use and effective,” says
Terry Aasland, Har-Tru’s Design Engineer. “That’s why we designed the
This truly unique product is perfect for
communities where noise restrictions are in place. It has zero
emissions, and can be operated indoors or in covered areas. Its single
AC motor is powered by four 12-volt deep-cycle batteries, and the
CourtPac Electric Roller is easy to maintain – simply plug in the smart
charger (included) once the rolling is complete. No messy oil changes,
no filters or spark plugs to change, no gasoline spills to deal with,
and no pull-cords to wrestle with.
Safety features include a back-up beeper,
an operator presence switch, an E-stop button, and an emergency brake.
Operators will love the low-effort steering, foot-pedal throttle, cruise
control, adjustable padded seat, and cup holder. Neighbors and members
will love its clean, quiet performance.
The CourtPac Electric is in stock and available for purchase. For more
information contact Har-Tru Sports at 1-877-4HARTRU or visit us at
Parks’ Ocean Breeze Track Complex Features State-of-the-Art Mondo
Hydraulic Banked Track
At a ribbon cutting ceremony today, the
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation unveiled a new venue
that is expected to quickly become a highly sought-after destination for
top track and field athletes. Staten Island’s new Ocean Breeze Park
Track & Field Athletic Complex is home to a state-of-the-art indoor
track designed to help runners achieve their best times: a Mondo
hydraulic banked track with a Super X Performance track surface.
Manufactured by Mondo, the global leader in the sports flooring market,
the hydraulic banked track system is one of only a few such tracks in
the world, and it boasts tremendous flexibility.
The 200-meter oval track can be set up as an eight-lane flat track,
or—thanks to the Mondo hydraulic system that raises and lowers the
curved track sections—it can be figured as a six-lane track with banked
curves at both ends.
In addition, the track layout includes several long straightaways for
sprints or warmups. When the oval track is flat, the lanes on the
straight sides of the track are part of extended eight-lane
straightaways (85 meters on one side; 89 meters on the other). The track
infield also sports a 65-meter eight-lane straightaway.
All of these tracks, in addition to the venue’s long jump, pole vault
and throw areas, and two straight warm-up lanes in a separate room, have
Mondo’s Super X Performance track surface.
In the months ahead, the Ocean Breeze complex is scheduled to host a
full slate of youth, high school, college and open/masters events,
including championship meets for the Northeast, America East, Big East,
and East Coast Athletic conferences. The 135,000 square foot facility,
which also houses fitness and cardio rooms and a covered parking lot,
was funded by New York City’s PlaNYC initiative.
Synthetic Surfaces Inc. has new Tech Bulletin #557A on Pre-Fabrication
of Synthetic Turf Recreational Surfaces, Athletic Fields, Logos, Inserts
and Floor Mats
There is a growing trend in the synthetic turf industry towards
pre-fabricating all or part of a synthetic turf assembly before
transferring it to another location for final installation. The goal of
pre-fabricating is to achieve a fast, reliable, economical assembly
beforehand, followed later by a faster and better installation.
Pre-fabricating can reduce or eliminate unexpected delays and other
expenses on the jobsite, thus increasing bottom line profits.
Synthetic Surfaces Inc., the maker of NORDOT® Adhesives that are used
for pre-fabrication, explains in Tech Bulletin TS#557A how to determine
which of their adhesives is best suited to your pre-fabrication process.
TS#557A is available for free upon request, along with Tech Sheet SS#55,
which includes proper handling guidelines and an explanation of “High
Green Strength” (an essential property for efficient pre-fabrication).
Please contact Synthetic Surfaces at 908-233-6803, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
to request this educational information.
Synthetic Surfaces has been developing NORDOT® Adhesives for the global
synthetic turf industry for over 42 years. Its NORDOT® Adhesives are
recognized worldwide as being the highest quality adhesives for
synthetic turf. Photos of installations in progress can be found on the
“Action Pictures” page of the SSI website at
Delivers Rugby Goal Post Solution for Multi-Sport Field
With rugby participation growing in the United States, spurred greatly
by the return of the sport to the Summer Olympics in 2016, Sportsfield
Specialties Inc. (SSI) is increasingly being asked for rugby equipment
that meets the needs of multi-sport playing fields. Of special note is
the customized solutions SSI created for Avaya Stadium, the new
European-styled home of Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes.
Well before construction was scheduled at Avaya Stadium in summer of
2014, the design firm Verde Design, Inc. and field contractor, Robert A.
Bothman, Inc. had more than soccer to consider. This was because Avaya
Stadium was scheduled to host two matches of the Pacific Nations Cup
International Rugby Tournament in July of 2015.
With these matches occurring during the Earthquake’s inaugural regular
season, the plan to have the stadium rugby-ready by the opening meant
implementing the alterations during the construction phase. With this in
mind, Verde contacted Sportsfield Specialties’ David Cloud, Western
Regional Manager, to discuss equipment needs and customization solutions
for installing easily removable rugby goal posts without disturbing the
grass playing surface.
Central to the SSI plan, advanced by Cloud, was an in-ground mounting
system that features customized ground sleeves and footings, along with
custom-cut goal posts to ensure proper above-field dimensions. Once
SSI’s GR4944 Rugby Goal Posts (44’ uprights) were specified by Verde, it
was up to Bothman to execute the plan.
In August 2014, Bothman and crew installed four 5’ ground sleeves (two
at each goal post location), which were set at 9” below grade. SSI had
previously designed stamped footings, which would accommodate the
shorter sleeves and cut the upright posts 3” to ensure the correct
height at the time of installation. The design enabled the capping of
the sleeves when the rugby posts were not in use so that the soccer
field sub-grade could be filled over with dirt and sod and then leveled
to the surface of the playing field.
After the sleeves were installed the below-ground and above-ground
components did not come together again until December 2014 when Bothman
and crew demonstrated complete assembly, installation and removal for
the Avaya facilities staff.
The stadium officially opened for business on February 27, 2015 and the
Earthquake’s home opener took place on March 22. On July 14, the
changeover for the Pacific Nations Cup, including the installation of
the rugby goal posts took place, as the stadium was made ready for the
single-day double header using SSI’s innovative solutions for
Stockmeier Urethanes Expands Facilities
Stockmeier Urethanes USA, Inc., a
polyurethane systems manufacturer located in Clarksburg, WV, continues
to invest in expanding its facilities, equipment and staff. The company
is excited to have added numerous reactors with various capabilities,
new dispersion units, laboratory and research equipment upgrades and
more staff members to better serve customers in a growing market.
Stockmeier Urethanes USA, Inc. has also expanded their warehouse
facility, added an administration building, and most importantly
completed a remodel and expansion of the production and laboratory
facility. The company is also looking forward to two more stages of
expansion scheduled to be completed in the next couple of years.
“All of these expansions will allow Stockmeier Urethanes to better suit
the customer’s needs and remain a high quality, reliable supplier for
many years to come,” said Christian Martinkat, President and CEO of
Stockmeier Urethanes USA, Inc.
As a specialist within the Stockmeier Group, one of the leading chemical
distributers in Europe, Stockmeier Urethanes is a global leader in the
manufacturing of polyurethane products for sports and leisure surfaces.
The company was founded in 1991 in Germany as a polyurethane systems
house focused on the development and manufacturing 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
remaining the smart solution for their customers urethane needs.