Action Floor Systems® Names Floor of the Year and Awards Dealer
Action Floor Systems® announced two Floor of the Year
recipients, in maple sport and synthetic sport flooring categories, at
its bi-annual dealer meeting held March 3-5 in Orlando, Fla. The company
also presented anniversary jackets to two dealers who have been with the
company for more than 20 years.
The Floor of the Year awards were voted on by dealers from around the
world. In the maple sport flooring category, All City Floor Company’s
Action Cush I Floor System installation at Rock Canyon High School,
located in Castle Rock, Colorado, captured the award.
Honorable mentions in the maple sport flooring category were Scott Floor
Company for their work in VMI Cocke Hall in Lexington, Virginia, and Gifford
Industries for the Al Davies Boys & Girls Club Isaiah Thomas Court in
In the synthetic sport flooring category, the Floor of the Year award
was given to Raga Sport for their Action Herculan® Multi-Function 7+2
System installation, Mexico City University’s ITESM Campus in Mexico
Honorable mentions in the synthetic sport flooring category were Finchum
Sports Floors’ Clarksville Athletic Club in Clarksville, Tennennessee, and All
American Sports Group for their work in Danvers High School in Danvers,
Murray Forth from Forth Sport Floors of New
York and Nick Scott from Scott Floor Company of Virginia joined the elite club of dealers who have been
recognized for more than 20 years of partnership with Action. Forth and
Scott received the esteemed dealer jackets, which are awarded to dealers
that reach the impressive 20+ year benchmark. They join 16 others who
have been recognized since 2009.
Masters Take Center Stage ... Again!
On World Tennis Day, for the 10th year in a row, the BNP Paribas
Showdown was hosted at Madison Square Garden with Ace Surfaces portable
tennis court and Laykold Masters appearing center stage. Since Laykold
Masters Rome event court was introduced, it has been the surface of
choice for the event. Its 60% shock absorption and true ball response
make it an easy choice for such a high profile event.
The portable tennis court can be installed in 3-4 hours and broken down
in 2-3 hours. This timing is ideal for Madison Square Garden and their
very busy event schedule. This year the floor was installed after a
basketball game the night before, and then broken down immediately
following the event to create space for Game of Thrones gaming event.
Laykold/Advanced Polymer Technology (APT) created a custom color
specifically for this event.
Laykold and Laykold Masters
Advanced Polymer Technology (APT) is proud to introduce Laykold and
Laykold Masters new topcoat color line: LAYKOLD VIBRANT! Laykold Vibrant
consist of twelve (12) new bright and energetic colors to give today’s
multi-sport surfaces more pop. The twelve (12) new colors are: Coral,
Scarlet, Pumpkin, Canary, Midnight, Teal, Arctic, Black, Key Lime, Kiwi,
Silver, and Mocha.
The Vibrant color line is a result of 100+ color matches which APT did
last year for the Laykold and Laykold Masters products line. This new
line of colors gives current and potential customers just a snap shot of
the Laykold/APT color matching possibilities.
AstroTurf Introduces New Salespeople
Regional Sales Manager, Florida
Wes Allen comes to AstroTurf after being on the other side of the table
as a turf buyer. He oversaw the fundraising and installation of a turf
field while he was the Head Coach and Athletic Director at Oviedo High
School in Florida. Wes coached high school football for 15 years serving
the last 9 years as Head Coach and is a proud member of the Florida
Athletic Coaches Association. Originally from America’s “Mayberry”, Mt
Airy North Carolina, Wes went on to play football at Appalachian State.
Having worked in his Dad’s grading business for 5 years, Wes is
definitely no stranger to hard work. He is very familiar with the buying
process and steps needed to install a new playing surface and is ready
to help you along in every step of the way. Wes resides in Oviedo,
Florida with his wife Ann and his son Austin.
Regional Sales Manager/Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico
Proud to rejoin the AstroTurf family, Jeff Raiger brings a diversified
blend of professional background to the team. An industry expert with
more than 20 years of successful construction industry experience, Jeff
has a proven ability to foster relationships with all stakeholders
involved in athletic facility projects. Jeff employs a consultative
approach by first taking the time required to listen and comprehensively
identify the client’s needs and priorities. Only then does he
passionately educate all involved about the products and services that
deliver the best long-term value and ROI for the client. Jeff knows that
people buy from people, and that integrity, sincerity, transparency and
trust are the foundation for all healthy long-term partnerships. His
vision and ability to nurture relationships leads to long-term solutions
and success. He is most fulfilled when clients return to do business
again based on a positive experience. Jeff resides in San Diego, CA with
his wife Kristal, and they are the proud parents of three children that
are all currently attending college. In his too little spare time, he
works on his mediocre golf game and thoroughly enjoys rock and roll
Pam Wood retires from Athletic Connection
After 20 with the company, Pam Wood is retiring as sales manager of the
Edwards Rol-Dri division of Athletic Connection due to progression in
her battle with Parkinson’s disease. She plans to take time for physical
therapy and vigorous exercise to help offset the disease. Pam has
represented the company and the Edwards brand of tennis court equipment
at ASBA Technical Meetings since the year 2000, and has earned the
business and friendship of many in the industry. Keep in touch with Pam
at email@example.com. She will be replaced by longtime associate
ClayTech Celebrates 10 Years
Ten years and 110+ courts installed and ClayTech continues to have a
growing presence in the United States. There have also been hundreds of
courts installed across Europe and the far east dating back to the early
2000s. ClayTech is a low maintenance clay court composed of a
polypropelene mat glued to an asphalt or concrete pad and filled with
red clay or Har-Tru. The fact that the base for the clay is textile
versus aggregate makes it playable year round, completely eliminates the
need for rolling and substantially reduces water requirements. ClayTech
has been installed at high-end resorts and country clubs, schools and
private residences. According to Har-Tru, the company that distributes
the product, the trend lately has been residential installations of
European red clay. This is not just because the color is compelling but
because the court is great on the body and easy to care for. It is also
a great training surface for top players. Har-Tru expects the demand for
low-maintenance court alternatives like ClayTech to continue to grow in
coming years as tennis embraces new surface technologies that create
better places to play.
Connor Sports Installs Floor for Women’s Final Four
It’s always good when it’s an ASBA member getting awarded a contract.
But when it’s a high-profile job, it’s even better.
In late March, Connor Sports was able to supervise the delivery and
installation of the official court of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four.
The event, which played out at the American Airlines Center in Dallas,
Texas, provided media with a unique and visual opportunity to tip-off
reporting on the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four.
Connor Sports has been the Official Court Provider of the NCAA since
2006. The 2017 Women’s Final Four Official Court was a QuickLock™
portable manufactured from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified
Northern Hard Maple first-grade flooring single-sourced using
sustainable forestry methods from The Nature Conservancy’s Two Hearted
River Forest Reserve in Michigan. The court was 60’ X 120’ and totals
7,200 square feet using 262 panels weighing a total of 10.3 tons. A team
of three Connor Sports technicians and a local labor crew of 12
installed the court in approximately four hours.
Founded in 1872, Connor Sports® is the leader in hardwood sports
surfaces and is a preferred provider to the NCAA, NBA, FIBA and other
organizations. Connor Sports has a proven commitment to sustainability
with an excellent environmental record in responsible forestry including
use of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified materials and is the
only flooring company with an Environmental Product Declaration. The
company’s manufacturing facility in Amasa, MI is independently-audited
and compliant with ISO 14001 standards.
Dalton Enterprises Introduces 1-800 Tennis Program to Help Consumers
The 1-800-TENNISCOURT Network allows a contractor to lease his area code
so when customers from that area code call the number it goes right to
their office. Contractors simply brand their trucks and equipment with
the 800 logo. Program participants receive monthly data analytics and
leads received from 800TENNISOURT.com website.
Hinding Tennis Completes
Hinding Tennis, West Haven Connecticut,
completes the most historic project in Havana, Cuba, by a U.S. company
since the Eisenhower administration.
Twenty months ago, Steven Hinding made his first trip to Havana, Cuba
with Jake Agna, the founder of “Kids on the Ball” (KOTB) a Burlington,
Vermont non-profit, promoting junior tennis.
Since 2002, Jake has introduced thousands of
kids, in Burlington to the sport of tennis. Though fundraising efforts,
and tremendous support from many generous donors in Burlington, Jakes
dream has become a HUGE reality.
After a trip to Cuba two years ago, Jake
returned home and engaged a number of his past donors with the idea, “We
have to create this program in Cuba.” His dream was to renovate 10
courts where Cuba held the 1991 Pan American Games. His idea was to
build bridges of communication between the U.S. and Cuba through junior
tennis. “What a better way now that the embargo has been lifted to
initiate our new relations with a country we have not had relations with
for 56 years than to do it with junior tennis”, said Jake Agna.
On December 19, 2016, Jake’s dream was
fulfilled. A collaboration between Hinding Tennis, Ace Tennis, Mid
Atlantic Tennis, AFSCO Fence and Gateway Fence & Guardrail and worked
from the November 26th through December 19th, 2016, to complete a ten
court renovation of the 1991 Pan American Courts.
“Installing California Sports Products
PREMIER Court, was the only solution to bringing these courts back to a
playable level,” said Steven Hinding. Extensive scarifying of
delaminating coatings, patching and crack repair with RITEWAY Crack
repair, “have created a complex that may be the best tennis facility in
all of the Caribbean,” added Steven Hinding.
LSI Provides Indirect LED Lighting System for New Eight Court Facility
The Pearson Automotive Tennis Club in Zionsville, Indiana opened recently in
February 2017 with eight tennis courts, guest lounge, viewing platform,
and locker rooms. It’s the first such complex built in the Indianapolis
area in 25 years. LSI provided (96) SXS2 LED Indirect fixtures for the
facility, which produce over 100 average foot-candles of glare-free
illumination. The lighting system is also very efficient which will help
reduce the new club’s annual energy cost.
Maryville Becomes a PowerHouse with Sporturf™
Maryville University recently hired Midwest Synthetic Turf Professionals
to construct multiple sports fields on the main campus located in St.
Louis, Missouri. The first field to be constructed was the shared soccer and
lacrosse field. After completion of the soccer and lacrosse field, a baseball diamond
was built that could rival any of the major league
On the shared soccer and lacrosse field, school officials worked with
Certified Field Builder, Craig Shonk of MSTP, to design a system that
would meet the playability needs of the school’s student athletes. The
field was ultimately installed with PowerHouse and the reviews have been
For the baseball field, Maryville chose to combine two of Sporturf’s
premier products: TrueGrass and Fielder’s Choice. Fielder’s Choice was
used for the infield-skinned areas to provide the natural ball roll and
bounce that the athletes are used to.
When it comes to athletics, Sporturf™ understands the demands athletes,
owners and fans expect. Natural grass has been the product of choice for
many years but with tight budgets, lacking maintenance dollars and
concerns over consistent playability of the surface, artificial turf has
earned its place in the highest levels of play.
Watertown High School Uses NGI Surface
Tennis coach Andy Dobbins and JV coach Dave Pawl coach the girls' and
boys' tennis teams at Watertown High School in Watertown Wisconsin. They have a
winning philosophy for the sport of tennis in that they have a “no-cut”
policy. This means that any student who tries out for the team makes the
team. They all compete and a traveling squad is chosen for the
competitions with other schools. However, they all practice together and
compete inter-squad. The sport of tennis is growing in Watertown through
their efforts and the support of the school.
Approximately six years ago the Park & Recreation Department and City of
Watertown WI hired an outside consultant, Mr. Fred Kolkmann, a CTCB with
the ASBA, to evaluate a set of tennis courts at Brandt Quirk Park. These
tennis courts are adjacent to the Watertown High School where Mr.
Dobbins and Mr. Pawl coach, in south central WI between Milwaukee and
The Park facility consists of a total of ten (10) tennis courts in two,
five-court banks with a connected walkway. After Mr. Kolkmann’s
evaluation and investigation into other projects completed in the state,
the City chose NGI Sports’ TitanTrax Shield crack repair system to cover
five of the courts in 2014.
Rick Schultz with the City of Watertown chose TitanTrax Shield to repair
the entire tennis court areas, not individual cracks, shielding the
existing asphalt from the elements and protecting their investment in
new color surfacing.
The coaches and players alike were enthusiastic about the playing quality
of the new TitanTrax Shield surface at the Park, so much so that the
next year (2015), the other bank of five courts at Brandt Quirk were
completed with TitanTrax Shield. Additionally, in 2016, the City of
Watertown decided to include another four courts at the local Clark Park in
the list of facilities enjoying a new TitanTrax system.
The last bank of tennis courts located in the City are scheduled to also
be completed in 2017 with NGI’s TitanTrax Shield surface.
Oval Tennis Ready to Tackle 2017 Season
For Oval Tennis, March in New York has come in like a lion and is
appearing to leave like a slightly smaller lion. Not to worry, the Oval
Tennis team has fearlessly conquered its new roles as lion tamers, and
is ready to
tackle the 2017 tennis season coming up.
After two feet of snow, the Oval crew is ready for the sun to shine and
for the courts to open. As the busy season approaches, the company looks forward
to servicing old and new clientele and clubs, and facing each challenge
with the same gusto with which they shoveled the snow.
This year, Oval Tennis was chosen to recondition the 26 courts in
beautiful Central Park. As its team and clientele base grow, the company
forward to the promising future Oval has in store. Not as much, however,
as the company looks forward to the spring.
SportsEdge Releases ShockWave Turf Underlayment Throughout the U.S and
SportsEdge, a division of ABT, Inc. of North Carolina, is pleased to
announce the release of the exciting new ShockWave drainage and shock
underlayment pads for synthetic turf. SportsEdge has partnered with
EnPlast Technologies of Houston, Texas to exclusively offer these
products in the U.S. and Canada for athletic field applications.
ShockWave, through advanced technological design development and
manufacturing, offers drainage and shock attenuation performance that
exceeds current pad offerings in the market with only half the thickness
of comparable products at very competitive prices.
ShockWave is a thermoset elastomer-polyolefin composite made in the
U.S.A. It is manufactured from 80 percent recycled materials and is 100
recyclable. Drainage, sports performance and safety tests show that ShockWave exceeds ASTM and FIFA requirements for high school, college
and professional fields. Shockwave is produced in rolls that transverse
the full width of the field, no matter the width. And unlike other roll
goods, ShockWave “lays flat and stays flat” due to its low profile and
“We are very excited to partner with SportsEdge, a leading marketer of
athletic field solutions and drainage systems. The En-Plast advance pad
technology fits perfectly into their market strategy and complements
their offerings.” Giovanni Capra –President, En-Plast.
SportsEdge has been a premier manufacturer and supplier of athletic
field construction products for fourteen years. Already serving the
entire U.S., Canada and Mexico, SportsEdge proudly brings this exciting
new product to a market that is rapidly evolving toward shock pad
underlayments that assist in the reduction of Traumatic Brain Injury to
athletes and children.
“The excellent performance features of the ShockWave pad will serve the
industry and public well. ShockWave brings big performance in a small
package, a testament to the innovative design. We are thrilled to be
part of this growing industry with En-Plast as a partner” Ralph Brafford
– CEO, SportsEdge
Gilmer Hires Sports Turf for Stadium Project
Gilmer High School in Ellijay, GA became the first school in the
Southeast to play on the most advanced synthetic turf system available,
the AstroTurf Golden Series. After much deliberation over what synthetic
turf product would best suit their needs, the Bobcats, nestled in the
North Georgia Mountains, eliminated traditional infill turf systems in
favor of high performance and safety. By selecting a high-density, short
length fiber, pad and ZeoFill infill turf system, commonly referred to
as DT32, Gilmer County embarked on their journey to revolutionize their
field before graduation.
With California leading the way in new synthetic turf technology.
AstroTurf invested in a new alternative infill design for Los Angeles
Recreation and Parks that has now been installed across the nation at
high schools, municipalities and Division I fields. Driving the product
was a desire to create consistency in safety utilizing a pad, a “no
fly-out” infill system, and high durability with lots of fiber that had
already been proven in the field over decades with lowering field
temperatures. Simply stated by Jimmy Newsome of L.A. Recreation and Parks,
“We had a table full of turf samples. After reviewing the products one
by one and eliminating the ones that did not fit our needs, we had an
empty table.” This drove the city to develop their own product alongside
Astroturf. Since that moment, AstroTurf has installed over 4 million
square feet nationally.
Gilmer High School’s football stadium was a project awarded to Sports
Turf Company, Inc. through a competitive proposal process. Construction
began in February of 2015 working through North Georgia’s unpredictable
Sports Turf Company began by excavating down to subgrade to remove all
materials from the previous natural grass field and laser grading. A
6-inch porous stone base was installed accompanied by a full underdrain
system to allow a minimum of 60 inches an hour to drain successfully
from the new synthetic turf field. Exterior field drainage was installed
inside the track to ensure water wouldn’t travel back across the track
The Brock SP15 pad was installed over the stone base followed by the
next generation turf system. Astroturf’s Golden Series DT32 all weather
turf system utilizes slit film and nylon, which are the two workhorse’s
of the industry. It is important to note that another industry first,
Gilmer’s end zone lettering and football numbers were prefabbed in a
climate controlled warehouse facility before the carpet even arrived for
installation. A typical field has 398 inlays plus logos and end zone
lettering. By cutting these with a robotic water jet, everyone is
guaranteed to be the most crisp. Gilmer’s prefabbed field meant the most
precise installation, no rain complications and the field was ready on
time for graduation. The last step of field construction, 1.5 pounds of
sand per square foot was incorporated into the synthetic turf system as
a ballast before the ZeoFill was groomed into place.
Sports Turf Company’s certified track builders evaluated Gilmer High
School’s stadium and found widening the field to allow for a regulation
soccer field would not eliminate a lane of the track based on where the
home grand stands were built. The orientation was redesigned shifting
the field towards space on the home side to best suit Gilmer High
School’s needs and allow for a regulation soccer field. The entire field
was enlarged, the distance between the measure lines for the track were
changed, and the straightaways were shortened. The curves were made
longer and wider to accommodate the new wider field and maintain 6 lanes
on the track.
Track construction began with installation of a 4-inch stone base and
3-inches of asphalt. A Sports Track ST-50 13 mm black latex track
surface was installed and the track lined for GHSA competition.
Sportsfield Specialties Expands to Serve Canadian Market
Following a 2016 expansion of their Delhi, NY manufacturing facility,
Sportsfield Specialties, Inc. (SSI) made the strategic decision to also
expand their sales capabilities in North America. According to David
Moxley, Director of Sports Construction Sales, SSI will now market their
products to clients in all territories of Canada.
“With the expansion of our manufacturing facility, we recognized the
opportunity to increase our customer base without compromising customer
services,” explained Moxley.
To support SSI’s expansion into Canada, Moxley said the company hired an
additional Regional Sales Manager and redistricted others. Most notably,
veteran Regional Sales Manager, Terra Erickson, who has been with SSI
since 2005, will manage the Great Lakes Region and Eastern Canadian
territories, while newcomer Michael Mercadante will cover sales in the
Midwest Region and Western Canadian territories.
“Michael has a lot of experience with customer relations and program
management. He’s already been a proven asset to our company,” said
Moxley. He continued that Mercadante, a ten-year Golf Professional, came
to SSI in January. Before joining the team, he was retail manager for a
golf shop with 50 employees under his supervision and promoted golf
STOCKMEIER Urethanes Launches New Website
STOCKMEIER Urethanes USA, Inc., is
pleased to announce the launch of their newly designed website available
Among the new features of the website users will find expanded product
information, video content, and brochure downloads. The redesign
incorporates completely new navigation tools, updated graphics and
“As a company who manufacturers and develops hundreds of products a
year, online visitors will experience an informative, user friendly
website that features core products that showcase what can be purchased
or developed.” says Melissa Martinkat, Chief of Staff of STOCKMEIER
The company will make frequent updates to the website with new product
information, trade show events, career opportunities and company news.
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 and manufacturing of coatings, adhesives,
sealants and elastomers for a wide range 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
Educational article from The Guru Of Glue® on
Water-Drainable Total Glue
Down Synthetic Turf Surfaces
When the playing surface must remain water-permeable without standing
water, in order to permit athletic activities, the adhesive that is used
to bond the turf to the substrate must not only be strong enough to keep
the field intact and safe for its functional life by enduring all sorts
of harsh weather and heavy use, but must also be able to allow for rain
and/or melting snow to drain through the turf quickly without collecting
on the surface.
With this thought in mind, Synthetic Surfaces Inc. has a new educational
article and related information titled “Water Drainable Artificial Turf
Surfaces.” The name might cause some to wonder how it can be possible to
have a turf field that is totally glued down, yet allows for water to
drain through it. In this article readers will find out how it is
accomplished, and the tremendous benefits it has for any field that must
remain free of standing water. There are also many other huge benefits
to a water-drainable total glue-down field, such as stability (which
enhances player safety), longevity, and sustained visual appeal.
Those who would like a free copy of this
article should contact Synthetic
Surfaces at (908) 233-6803, or firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for SS#80.
USGreentech Adds Third Progressive Infill to the Lineup
USGreentech, innovators of progressive synthetic turf infill, have
expanded their portfolio to include a total of three products: Envirofill,
Safeshell and Powerfill.
Envirofill is an acrylic-coated sand mined in central Texas. From its
inception in 2005, it has been widely used in landscape and sports
applications across the U.S. and around the globe. It’s best known for its
durability, antimicrobial benefits, round and uniform shape that
mitigates compaction and finally, its firm, fast and safe performance
Safeshell is USGreentech’s organic infill made from a blend of US-Grown
walnut shells. The USGreentech team was determined to find a complete
organic solution that would be safe for athletes, offer durability and
high performance, as well as minimal maintenance. After years of
development, USGreentech launched Safeshell along with a proprietary
process that ensures its free from tree nut allergens according to FDA
Powerfill is the newest infill added to USGreentech’s growing portfolio.
Although categorized as a TPE, it's better known as a bio-based plastic
with advanced chemistry. It is derived from corn and soybean oils grown
in the US. Another characteristic that makes this TPE stand out is the
high melting point - upwards of 300°F. Powerfill can be described as a
resilient plastic which plays similar to traditional synthetic turf
USGreentech’s product line isn’t the only thing growing! They are
continuously adding team members that fit their unique, fun,
award-winning culture to ensure they can meet the market demand for
progressive infill systems.