APT and Laykold Proudly Introduce Laykold Masters Gel
The evolution of sports equipment over the last 30 years has been
remarkable. Tennis rackets have become lighter, with far less vibration
transfer to the forearm and elbow. Even tennis racket string holes have
been adjusted for increased racket speed and power. Athletic apparel is
utilizing lighter weight, moisture wicking fabrics, some of which even
provide UV protection. Modern materials are being used to construct
balls with more consistent bounce and improved aerodynamics. Athletic
footwear is not only sport specific but is now training specific. There
have been countless sports equipment and training aid improvements for
decades. These developments have improved athletic performance and
assisted athletes in performing at their very best for longer periods of
Technology (APT) has been working hard to bring modern chemistry and
innovation to the tennis surface.
Advanced Polymer Technology (APT) is a global manufacturer of
polyurethane-based materials, acrylic coatings, and synthetic turf. From
Olympic stadiums to your own backyard, APT provides people around the
world with safe, reliable, high performance athletic surfaces and
protective coatings. Research and development is undertaken by our team
of chemists working with sports professionals to establish the specific
characteristics required to assist athletes in performing at their very
best. Each day we put our full commitment, expertise, and passion into
providing sports facilities and athletes with the perfect surface.
APT’s Chemist and Laykold Product Manager, Wes Baum, describes APT as a
true chemical company and global sport surfaces specialist, with
significant advantages compared to other tennis surface providers. Wes
adds, “We manufacture many of the product components internally rather
than purchasing raw materials ‘off the shelf’. This gives us far greater
control over the physical properties of our Laykold and Laykold Masters
tennis court surfacing systems.”
Additionally, APT has held ISO-9001 Quality Management Certification
since 1999 and is ISO-14001 Environmentally Compliant, another advantage
when compared to the competition.
APT is using its chemical expertise to develop modern tennis surfaces
and is helping the game of tennis catch up with the rest of the sports
world. APT and Laykold Masters proudly introduce the Laykold Masters Gel
system. Laykold Masters Gel is a revolutionary, technologically
advanced, performance enhancing tennis court system that is manufactured
using 60% renewable resources. Laykold Masters Gel is all-weather,
seamless surface that provides 17% plus force reduction. Laykold Masters
Gel surfaces provide a variety of benefits to tennis players and
athletes of all ages, sizes, and ability. The chemistry is complex but
the process is simple.
Force Reduction = Energy Return
For athletes to remain healthy while achieving peak performance, their
bodies need three key factors from a surface. Laykold Masters Gel
provides a high level of impact protection (17% +) from the repetitive
rigors of training and competition. Secondly, Laykold Masters Gel is
area elastic which is far superior to point elastic systems. Area
elastic surfaces minimize the depth of “foot depression” which protects
an athletes knees and ankles from injury during high velocity, lateral
changes of direction. The third and most impressive characteristic of
the Laykold Masters Gel system is its ENERGY RETURNING property. In
simple terms, the Laykold Masters Gel system doesn’t just absorb the
force an athlete produces during competition, it also returns that
energy to the athlete, reducing fatigue. That is how the Laykold Masters
Gel system is helping athletes throughout the world shatter records
instead of their bodies!
True Fence to Fence Cushioning
Laykold Masters Gel offers consistent, reliable footing with true fence
to fence cushioning, a charcteristic that had since been unheard of in
the cushioned tennis and sport court market. Whether you are playing at
the net or playing at the baseline, you can be sure that both ball speed
and foothold will remain the same.
What good is cushioning if it only lasts one season?
Under the old cushion technology, sport courts lose cushioning as they
age and will be down to a 0% force reduction, basically a hard court,
roughly three years after installation. Laykold Masters Gel ground-breaking
technology puts an end to that! Laykold Masters Gel cushion courts will
retain 95% - 98% of their flexibility after 10 years!
www.laykold.com for more information.
Professional Grade Products Meet Pro-Level Service
ACRYTECH is off to a great and exciting 2017! Starting the year as the
official surface of the Memphis Open, ACRYTECH has secured its spot in
the industry as a professional grade product.
“This year we've launched new colors, two products, and we’re very
excited about our new online ordering system to simplify that process.
Many of our customers have already started using the system along with
our color chart selector, which only adds to the great service we are
known for” says Caldwell Robinson, president of ACRYTECH coatings.
Visit the ACRYTECH website
http://www.TennisPaint.com or by phone 888.294.0428 for nationwide
distribution of sports coatings.
AstroTurf Brings It All Under One Roof
AstroTurf, a worldwide leader in artificial turf headquartered in
Dalton, Georgia, has announced an ambitious plan to streamline all of
its manufacturing operations into a single facility. It’s a multi-phased
endeavor that involves the relocation of existing equipment and the
purchase of new manufacturing technology, as well as the functional
alignment of previously scattered personnel groups.
AstroTurf’s Board approved the proposal on January 3rd, with completion
of the project slated for the end of June. Already well underway, the
plan represents a major capital investment of several million dollars
aimed at operational improvement for the global sports surfacing
“This move will bring all of the operations required to produce
synthetic turf under one roof,” said AstroTurf CEO Heard Smith. “We’re
going to significantly reduce transportation costs and waste while
improving the quality and efficiency of our manufacturing processes.”
AstroTurf’s new facility, located on Callahan Road in Dalton, measures
approximately 375,000 square feet, or roughly the size of seven football
fields. It will house the consolidated operations of separate facilities
currently located in the Synthetic Turf Resources building in Dalton and
the Turfstore and Polytex plants in Calhoun. Additionally a new coater,
several new creels, a new industrial computer, and a new communications
system have all been purchased for the building.
When fully operational, the new manufacturing center on Callahan Road
will handle masterbatch, extrusion, twisting, tufting, and coating -
essentially the entire step-by-step process for manufacturing artificial
turf. The facility will also include additional space for storing raw
materials and finished product.
The Operations Management, Human Resources, Information Technology, and
Research & Development departments will all have offices in the new
facility. AstroTurf will retain its corporate headquarters on Abutment
Road where Marketing, Sales, and corporate officers continue to conduct
Hinding Tennis and The Tennis Channel Film Documentary in Cuba
Hinding Tennis, LLC, who recently completed The National Tennis Center
in Cuba and was the first U.S. company in 57 years to do a
brick-and-mortar project, recently had Ken Solomon and the Tennis
Channel do a documentary on their historic project.
Stan Smith, Martina Navratilova and Jim
Courier were all on site for the ribbon cutting of the 10 new premier
courts In Havana, Cuba.
“It was a historic day
and something we were extremely proud to be part of," noted owner, Tom
Hinding. "Our crew spent 31 days in Cuba and completed this job on time
and on budget. our main supplier, California Sports Surfaces, Andover,
MA, was extremely helpful in dealing with customs and scheduling, which
made the job that much easier."
In addition to the their historic project,
Hinding has also announced Meghan Clinton as their new director of
finance and operations. Please reach out to her at
Dunn has been hired as construction manager and is overseeing there
eight daily crews. Contact Jeff at
Highlands Ranch Celebrates 20 Years of Creating Family Fun
Highlands Ranch, CO-based Sport Court of the Rockies is celebrating 20
years of creating outdoor family fun through sports recreation.
Through building and installing custom, outdoor multi-sport surfaces for
hundreds of residential home owners in Colorado, Sport Court of the
Rockies since 1998 has maintained an unwavering focus on providing a
lifestyle that endures in all weather and through the life-cycle of
families who make outdoor living, recreation and fitness a priority.
“Sport Court of the Rockies customers ask us to help their families to
spend time together so they can stay happy and healthy”, said Sport
Court of the Rockies owner, Colorado State University alumnus, Colorado
native and Highlands Ranch resident Randy Resley. “Living in Colorado
means enjoying the beautiful, all-seasons climate. A custom-built,
multi-sport Sport Court surface allows families to play year-round by
transitioning from basketball, tennis and volleyball in the spring,
summer and fall to icing over the court for a smooth, winter hockey
The growth of Sport Court of the Rockies over 20-years ties into
national health trends that make a custom, multi-sport surface a great
way to keep families active. Current nationwide health guidelines
recommend 60 minutes of physical activity, yet only one in three U.S.
children are active every day and children on average spend 7.5 hours in
front of screen daily.
20 Fit Family Fun Facts
In celebration of 20 years in business, Sport Court of the Rockies has
developed 20 Fit Family Fun Facts at
www.facebook.com/sportcourtoftherockies such as: Safe Zone!
Families can create a safe space at home with a Sport Court game court,
and your backyard becomes the “cool place” to be in the neighborhood,
and Stand Up! According to the American Medical Association (AMA)
people who sit most of the day have increased their risk of
cardiovascular issues by 125 percent, something that was once only seen
in smokers. Families who are active on a Sport Court game court avoid
the negative impact of excess sitting.
Sportsfield Transforms MLS Stadium for NFL's Chargers
In January, NFL’s San Diego Chargers announced the decision to move to
Los Angeles, but there was one hitch: they didn’t have a stadium to call
home. To accommodate the displaced football team, L.A.’s Galaxy Major
League Soccer club invited the Chargers to utilize their state-the-art StubHub center temporarily until the completion of their new Inglewood
stadium. This marks the first time in history an NFL stadium has played
at a soccer specific venue.
As the industry leader in customized sports construction equipment,
Sportsfield Specialties, Inc. (SSI) was brought on the project to
transform the StubHub center into a multi-sport venue for football use.
Because the 27,000-seat venue is smaller than traditional NFL stadiums,
SSI was tasked with installing Football Netting Systems without the
typical pole-to-pole set up.
While most stadiums install pole structures to anchor netting systems,
Jeff Longwell, Engineer at SSI, explained that, in the smaller venue,
poles would compromise sight lines and the stadium’s aesthetics.
Instead, SSI utilized existing structures as the anchor for a network of
cables that supports the netting.
To insure a positive viewing experience for fans seated behind the
AdjustRight® Football Goal Posts (also manufactured and installed by
SSI), Ultra Cross® Knotless Dyneema® Netting was used for the system.
According to Longwell, the low braided and knotless twine offers 95%
visibility to fans, without compromising net strength.
“Many of our products, including our netting systems and football goal
posts, are designed specifically for applications like this,” explained
Longwell. He continued that the StubHub Center, in working with SSI, can
now easily transform the L.A. Galaxy’s world-class soccer venue into an
NFL level stadium safely and with ease.
Surfaces, Inc. Launches New Website at www.nordot.com
Synthetic Surfaces Inc. (SSI) has a new website with a fresh look that
is clean, orderly, easy to navigate, and offers an expanded variety of
The SSI website provides valuable material about its products that
should help their synthetic turf, aquatic, military, industrial
customers, plus architects, engineers, specifiers and potential
customers, to make well-informed choices for their projects. The updated
“Action Pictures” page displays over 60 photos of synthetic turf,
running track, water sport, playground, marine and other surfaces being
installed. The “Publications” page includes a list of selected
educational articles on a wide range of topics that the visitor can
request for free.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the SSI website address. It is still
"The Guru of Glue®"
Developing New NORDOT®
"Killer Turf Adhesive"
After 44 years, Norris Legue is still active in new adhesive development
and technology. He is now developing a new NORDOT® “Killer Turf
Adhesive” to introduce to the market next month.
Norris, president and owner of Synthetic Surfaces Inc., is a chemist who
was one of the early pioneers in the synthetic turf industry. He has
written extensively about it while developing specialty adhesives for
it. As a result of his extensive experience, knowledge, research, and
product development, Norris (a.k.a. “The Guru of Glue®”) is often consulted
by companies around the world for his thoughts about the
accomplishments, problems and future growth of the synthetic turf
Reports Significant Sales Increase
Turf Reclamation Solutions (TRS) reports a significant increase in YTD
sales through the first half of 2017 for both the Rattlesnake turf
infill separator and the Wrangler with Viper and Winder cut and roll
attachments for turf removal. Leading the way have been sales to both
North America and Europe. Broce/TRS is currently working on engine
updates for both the Rattlesnake and Wrangler to meet EU emission
requirements and updated machines are expected to be available for the
2018 season. In addition, Broce/TRS is ramping up production of existing
models for anticipated increase of U.S. sales as well.