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 Randy Randjelovic has joined their team as
Technical Advisor. Aacer is a member and Certified Mill of Maple
Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA).
“Aacer is excited to add Randy to the Sports
Flooring line-up”, said Ray Webb, General Manager of Aacer Flooring.
“His wisdom, industry knowledge and 40 years of experience is
In his new role, Randjelovic will be:
spearheading Aacer’s research and product development efforts;
consulting with architects, dealers and owners on technical items; and
conducting site visits.
Aacer Flooring is a privately-owned family
business headquartered in Peshtigo, WI. Aacer Flooring is known for
being a high-caliber manufacturer of Northern hardwood flooring for the
sport & recreation, residential and commercial markets. Building on
their sound reputation in the marketplace for their solid prefinished
and unfinished flooring, they expanded their manufacturing operation by
adding a top-notch engineered flooring line.
With a 350,000 square foot, environmentally
controlled manufacturing facility and 15 kilns, all hardwood material
for their solid and engineered flooring is kiln-dried, milled, graded
and prefinished to precision on-site. Aacer products can be found
installed throughout the world. To learn more about Aacer Flooring,
www.aacerflooring.com or call 715-582-1181.
ACRYTECH™ Sports Surfaces
Moves to Better Serve the Industry
Exciting things are happening at ACRYTECH™ Sports Surfaces. Loyalty from
their customers has fueled continued growth, making a move to a new
facility necessary. After 29 years at a modest 7,500 sq. ft. Austell
location, the company moved into a 35,000 sq. ft. Paint Manufacturing
Facility in Decatur, GA, now solely dedicated to ACRYTECH products.
According to Caldwell Robinson, President, “We continue to meet the
growing demand for our ACRYTECH products and have invested in our
business from machinery to formulations and automations. But most
importantly, we’ve invested in our associates, because we know that
Quality of Service is the Key to Our Success.”
Brief History: The company first started developing paint and coatings
while being a successful installation company in Atlanta, GA. “We saw a
need in the market place for an improved and more consistent product
that was easier to install,” said founder Horace Robinson SR. Earning a
Physics degree from Georgia Tech, Horace put his analytical mind to
great use. The company states being “Developed and Refined by
professional court builders and master paint formulators.” In 2012,
after perfecting its base products, the company transitioned to strictly
a paint and coating manufacturing.
“Our move to an existing paint manufacturing facility is just one of
many exciting developments coming this year for ACRYTECH. We have
multiple new problem-solving products in the pipeline,” states Caldwell
ACRYTECH’s new address is: 2660 Easterly Place Decatur, GA 30035
welcomes Randy Futty as General Manager of Laykold
APT is proud to welcome Randy Futty to its staff as General Manager of
Laykold. Randy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the
In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities as the General Manager of
Laykold Sports Surfaces, Randy manages domestic relationships with the
USTA, USPTA and PTR, USAPA, ITA, ASBA, NRPA and a number of sports’
governing bodies and industry organizations.
He is past chairman of the USTA National Technical Committee and a
current member of the USTA Tennis in the Parks Committee. He has served
on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the American
Sports Builders Association for the past 15 years and been involved with
all facets of court construction and court surfacing materials
manufacturing over his 27 years in the tennis business. Before joining
Laykold Sports Surfaces, he spent over 20 years with Har-Tru Sports,
Connor Sport Court International, and California Sports Surfaces.
A speaker at dozens of industry events and
seminars throughout North American over the past two decades, Randy has
helped thousands of people in the tennis industry through the transfer
of knowledge and hands-on encounters.
These efforts and others were recognized
with the selection of Randy as the Tennis Industry Magazine National
Service Award in 2016.
An active USTA league player, he lives and
works out of his home near Charlottesville, VA with his wife Laura, and
his two daughters; Megan and Emily.
APT’s staff and partner network are thrilled
to bring Randy to Team Laykold!
Beacon Athletics Joins ASBA
Beacon Athletics is extremely excited to be new members of the ASBA. As
kids, we shagged flies and grounders till dusk. As adults, we’ve passed
on our love of the game to our own kids, making sure they always have
the best ballfields to play on. We’ve been helping America maintain and
build its playing fields since 1948, working with almost every major and
minor league team in the country, as well as hundreds of schools, clubs,
municipalities and recreation programs all the way down to the t-ball
In 2018, new owners took over at Beacon. What drew John Maher, the new
CEO, to Beacon were the core midwestern values and Beacon’s passion for
“finding a better way” through innovation and exceptional customer
service for more than 70 years. “We are humbled and excited to be able
to carry on Beacon’s legacy of ballfield quality and innovation” said
Maher. “We understand Beacon was built one satisfied customer at a time
over many years and we look forward to doing our part to maintain that
Best known for its high quality baseball field maintenance equipment
like the Streamliner chalking machine or SweetSpot tamp, Beacon is
rapidly gaining attention for its ballfield netting solutions.
Proprietary designs, such as our tieback baseball backstop netting
system provide extraordinary flexibility for customers to incorporate
fan-friendly netting with any ballfield design.
Whether you’re building a new ball field or
renovating an existing field, our experienced designers and engineers
can help you make your project run more smoothly. The result will be a
low-cost, high-quality field that you’ll be proud of. Our on-field
expertise combined with superior products have us uniquely positioned to
help you design, build and maintain your facility.
Beacon Athletics is honored to join this organization of top
professionals in the sports field industry. For more information about
Beacon’s Project Services, please visit beacon.cx/projects or contact
National Sales Manager, Collin West, at 608-824-1553 or
Fast-Dry Courts Selected as
Tennis Court Builder for 2019 Miami Open At Hard Rock Stadium
Fast-Dry Courts, Inc. from Pompano Beach, FL
was awarded the groundbreaking project of building the tennis courts for
the Miami Open which began this week at the Dolphin’s Hard Rock Stadium.
The company took on the exciting task to complete the new
state-of-the-art tennis facility at Hard Rock Stadium building over 30
tennis courts. The 978,000 sq. ft. innovative tennis facility in Miami
Gardens is the new home to this globally recognized event.
“We were thrilled to hear that the Miami
Open was going to stay local in South Florida! To have the opportunity
to build these courts in our own backyard at such an amazing venue like
the Miami Dolphins Hard Rock Stadium is an opportunity of a lifetime,”
said Trimmer Dettor, President of Fast-Dry Courts, Inc. “This
opportunity does not come without its obstacles; phasing to complete the
courts in time for the tournament has been challenging, but we are
incredibly proud of the work we’ve done and are honored to be a part of
this amazing event.”
Fast-Dry Courts, an ASBA Certified Tennis
Court Builder, built 30 asphalt tennis courts for the Miami Open
including 18 practice courts and 12 competition courts, which include 1
grandstand court and a stadium court. The company worked alongside ASBA
members David LaSota, Big D Paving and APT Laykold. The tournament’s
stadium court began construction at the conclusion of the Miami
Dolphin’s football season, at which time the football field was
transformed into a 13,800-seat center court for tennis.
However, the project does not stop there.
The 10 practice courts that are being used for parking during the
football season will be repaired and resurfaced every year along with
the remaining courts. The new venue has brought 31,000 sq. ft. of
improvements to the Hard Rock Stadium grounds including a 3,600 sq. ft.
video display board (the largest video screen of any tennis event), and
seats for spectator viewing all nestled within beautifully landscaped
courtyards, fountains and palm trees, while maintaining the South Beach
vibe so desired by all.
For more information about Fast-Dry Courts,
Inc. or about its projects and services, contact Trimmer Dettor at
email@example.com. You can also visit their website for more
www.Fast-Dry.com. For Miami Open ticket information go to
The Future of Subsurface Irrigation is Here
Did you know that 3 of every 4 courts that
are built today are constructed with sub-surface irrigation? In the
1990’s, the concept of HydroCourt transformed the clay court industry.
It was adapted early on in places like Florida and Southern California,
but now is being utilized around the world in every climate imaginable.
In the late 1990’s the original HydroCourt design was modified to make
it simpler to build. Twenty-four months ago, Har-Tru’s product
management team decided it was time to modify it again, this time with a
focus on making it easier to operate and maintain. After two years of
researching irrigation technologies, testing and tweaking concepts, HyQ
is ready for launch, incorporating concepts that save time and water
while simplifying operation and improving the performance of the court.
The HyQ Court was built off the proven
principle of maintaining a water level with a self-regulating system
that is fully adjustable. What makes HyQ different is that we’ve shifted
the controls to the backend of the system. The water that enters each
cell is under pressure and it circulates rapidly through the cell and
then out to the control center. The result is a system that fills faster
and responds to adjustments much more quickly.
The beauty of the control center is that it
is completely digital. You will be able to fine-tune controls with a
digital touch pad and make more responsive adjustments within a 10th of
an inch, increasing both speed and precision. This is a vast improvement
over the water fill valves found in traditional HydroCourts as they can
be inconsistent and manual adjustments are not easy to measure. Once
dialed in, there are 4 presets that allow you to save preferred settings
for Hot & Dry, Cool and Wet, or any other conditions your regularly
encounter. This feature saves a lot of time adjusting every cell
The HyQ Court’s intelligent design is highly
augmentable and will allow owners to optimize the amount of water in
their court which will ultimately save water usage and help achieve
desired playing conditions. In fact, you can even monitor the gallons of
water you are using daily with the preinstalled water meters on each
The future of this court is one that will
appeal to the next generation of tennis court maintenance personnel. The
digital control panel will allow for further advancements such as Wi-Fi
connectivity that will enable control of the system from an app that can
be accessed anywhere. Future upgrades will also allow for reporting on
optimal water usage, downtime, and more.
With HyQ, it’s easy to see and understand
the entire sub-surface irrigation process at a glance, creating a better
overall court experience for clubs and court owners. HyQ is not
something that can be retrofitted so it may be time to consider
transitioning your courts, HydroCourts or other, to HyQ. The new system
will be available January 1st, 2019…the future is approaching quickly,
are you ready for it?
For more information, visit
can also call 877.442.7878 or email
LSI Hires VP Strategic
LSI Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce
the appointment of Nelson Wesley as Vice President Strategic
Initiatives. Nelson will oversee initiatives focused on improving sales,
driving operational efficiency and ultimately improving financial
performance of the company. As a senior level leader, he will report to
the CMO, Scott Coleman.
“What I found compelling about LSI is its rich history in the industry
and the team’s dedication to growth through new product development and
focusing on the customer.” said Wesley. “It’s an exciting opportunity to
Wesley joins LSI Industries with over 20 years of marketing, sales and
product management experience. He started his career at Ingersoll Rand
and most recently he served as Vice President of Sales, Marketing, &
Aftermarket, involving direct management of sales, marketing,
aftermarket and bid teams at Ellis & Watts in Batavia, OH. Wesley holds
two bachelor degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a
Bachelor of Arts in Physical Science, from University of Kentucky and
Asbury University, respectively.
“We are excited to find a person of this caliber and background for this
new position. Nelson will be a strong asset to the team here at LSI
Industries.” remarked Coleman.
announces two new products in 2019 for Tennis and Track surfacing
TITANTRAX AIR for tennis courts
TitanTrax Air, an enhanced cushion surface designed for post tension
concrete and new asphalt pavements. Designed to be installed as a total
glue down system or as an overlay for distressed, existing pavements.
TitanTrax Air provides premier cushioning as well as a 29% force
reduction. Air is easy to install over prepared concrete and there is no
need for time consuming and costly sealcoats on top of the cushion layer
prior to surfacing. TitanTrax Air retains its cushioning properties for
over 15 years.
TITANTRAX CPR for running tracks
Asphalt paving joints opening on a running track? Perhaps the track
pavement is good but has reoccurring cracks in the asphalt?
TitanTrax CPR covers these problems quickly
and easily with an 18” wide stable, reinforced material which is adhered
into place in one easy step.
Lay TitanTrax CPR directly over the filled
pavement crack and then install your new running track surface over the
entire track. TitanTrax CPR (Crack Prevention Repair) stops reflective
cracking through to your new surface.
Ultra Cross® Knotless Netting Lauded for Versatility, Strength,
Sportsfield Specialties, Inc. (SSI) has attracted the attention of
designers and stadium managers looking for long lasting and versatile
netting protection with their Ultra Cross® Knotless Dyneema® Netting.
The braided/knotless design is the strongest netting configuration
available, which allows manufacturers to decrease the twine gauge
without compromising strength. This state-of-the-art product, paired
with SSI’s innovations and strategic partnerships is the ideal
combination for sports venues with unique safety issues.
When designers at DLR Group sought an outdoor netting system that could
withstand year-round fan protection without obstructing views of the
game and Rocky Mountain backdrop at the University of Colorado at
Colorado Springs’ (UCCS) new baseball park, they found their solution in
Ultra Cross® netting. “Our Ultra Cross® systems have the highest
open-area percentage available in the market, due to the knotless and
1.2mm gauge twine. Less material means decreased wind load and stress
from ice accumulation; all without compromising visibility,” explained
Michael Mercadante, Midwest Regional Sales Manager at SSI. He added that
the Dyneema® fiber construction has exceptional UV and weather
resistance, so it’s ideal for extended exposure to the elements.
Back east, at Yale University’s Reese Stadium, home of the NCAA champion
Bulldogs, facilities managers were looking for a low obstruction barrier
to protect fans from stray lacrosse balls, that could also be easily
retracted or removed for special events.
“The Bulldogs play the game fast, with balls
traveling 100mph or more,” said Matt Moyse, Northeast Regional Sales
Manager. He explained that SSI worked alongside industry professionals
at Milone & MacBoom and R.A.D. Sports to devise a plan. “The outcome was
a first-class curtain system that provides safety during play and allows
for practical access during other events.”
Moyse noted that Ultra Cross® netting is
exceptionally lightweight due to the low-profile design, making it
easier to handle than industry alternatives.
“As institutions and athletic organizations move toward increasing
safety at their venues, [SSI has] received more requests for netting to
protect buildings, pedestrian walkways, and roads that run adjacent to
athletic fields,” Moyse said. “and with synthetic turf cycles running
10-12 years, clients are looking for a non-obtrusive product that
possesses the same durability as all our products -- Ultra Cross®
accomplishes that. It protects areas outside the field of play, without
being visually invasive.”
“It’s a versatile product that’s earned the trust of customers from NCAA
to MLB. Designers are even including it in projects to protect
scoreboards from ball impact,” Michael Mercadante concluded. “The draw
is the product’s strength, durability, and industry leading see-through
visibility – You just can’t beat it.”
Stobitan® Sports Surfaces Won Reader’s Choice Design in the 2019 HOW
Logo Design Award Competition
STOCKMEIER Urethanes USA, Inc. is pleased to
announce that our logo design for Stobitan® Sports Surfaces was awarded
Reader’s Choice in the 2019 HOW Logo Design Award competition.
Stewart Design, of Morgantown, West Virginia, captured the concept of
our brand using the combination of a letter mark and a pictorial mark.
The negative space resembles track lanes and lines on an athletic field.
Additionally, the grid is to mimic the bottom of a shoe. The repeated
shapes communicate reliability and trust. The geometric construction
conveys both organization and efficiency.
Stobitan® running tracks and artificial turfs have been installed
worldwide since 1991, and are available in a variety of systems.
Stobitan® running track and artificial turf systems offer secure running
grip, optimum fall protection and elasticity that promotes high
performance. All of the systems offered within the Stobitan® line are a
combination of our highly trusted Stobielast® S product line.
Melissa Martinkat, Chief of Staff stated,
“We are honored to have won the Reader’s Choice award in the 2019 HOW
Logo Design Award Competition. When we set out to create a logo for our
running track line it was our goal to have something that was simple and
effective that represented what the Stobitan® brand was and who we are
as a company. Stewart Design Company captured our brand perfectly and we
are proud to have chosen them as our design team.”
To view the other winners and read the article , one can use the
following link: https://www.howdesign.com/design-competition-galleries/10th-annual-how-logo-design-award-winners/
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
For more information on STOCKMEIER Urethanes
please visit our website at
www.stockmeier-urethanes.com or contact us at +1-304-624-7002 or
Synthetic Surfaces Inc.: 46
Years Young and Still Going Strong
Synthetic Surfaces Inc., the makers of NORDOT® one-part solvent-based
Adhesives for synthetic turf and other sport, recreational and aquatic
surfaces, is marking its 46th year in business in 2019. Norris Legue is
its founder and owner. He is the chemist that developed the first
one-part urethane adhesive used to successfully glue down a synthetic
turf football field. Norris is widely known as the “Guru of Glue” and is
still developing innovative products, such as NORDOT® Adhesive
#34R-4(Super) with lower VOC that was introduced in mid-2017 and has
quickly become a highly popular one-part seam adhesive.
Synthetic Surfaces Inc. is a Gold Sponsor of the ASBA. It has been a
member since about 1990 when it was known as the U.S. Tennis Court &
Track Builders Association (USTC&TBA).