News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        October  2015

return to newsletter home page

Memberline: News from ASBA Members

Act Global Purchases New USA Production Plant
New synthetic turf manufacturing headquarters spans more than 210,000 square feet.

Act Global, a worldwide leader in synthetic turf technology, has moved its USA manufacturing headquarters into a new 210,000 square foot facility in Calhoun, Georgia.

“We’re reinvesting our success back into the company,” said John Baize, owner of Act Global. “We’re committed to servicing our customers, growing our business and constantly innovating to serve the market in new and better ways.”

The expansive facility will have capacity for a research and development laboratory, state-of-the-art equipment, and additional production volume and storage. It can also facilitate plant tours and customer events, with additional office space and large conference areas.

“We have exciting plans underway for the new building and for the direction of Act Global,” said plant manager Steve Oswalt.

Oswalt has worked with Act Global for nine years, and was instrumental in managing the transition of equipment, operations and personnel to the new space. The scope of moving an entire manufacturing facility is no easy task –just one synthetic turf tufting machine weighs more than 35,000 pounds, and is a highly specialized piece of precision equipment.

The company is now operating fully out of the new space, with artificial turf production for sports (XtremeTurf), landscape (XtremeLawn), aviation (AvTurf) and landfill (LiteEarth). Each market has a unique set of challenges and needs, driven by increased urbanization, lack of water and heightened desire for sports and leisure activity, which requires continual innovation to provide better and higher-performing synthetic turf systems.

Act Global does business in more than 70 countries, and maintains additional manufacturing in Netherlands and Asia to serve its growing customer base. For more information, visit www.ActGlobal.com.


ATT Sports Resurfaces Franklin Field

ATT Sports, Inc. has completed the Rekortan® M99 surface for the University of Pennsylvania, Franklin Field. Home of the NCAA Penn Quakers and The Penn Relays – the oldest continuous track meet in the country. This is replacement surface for the original Rekortan® installed in the late 1980’s. ATT Sports, Inc. was chosen along with Rekortan® from a formidable list of national competitors. Pictured from left to right is Cheryl Morton, Peggy Landolt, and Ann Marie Paglione.
Visit us on Face Book or www.attsports.com 



CSS Partners with USAPA on Pickleball Surfacing

California Sports Surfaces has entered into agreement with the USA Pickleball Association to provide the Exclusive Official Surface for one of the fastest growing activities in the United States. Pickleball is a paddleball game played with a plastic ball on a court about 1/3rd the size of s traditional tennis court.

In addition to the partnership, CSS is launching an entirely new "PicklePave" surface... the first ever acrylic surface dedicated to the sport of pickleball. PicklePave will carry the USAPA brand logo and will be offered in multiple colors.

For more information, please visit www.usapa.org.

A Legend Retires

After 32 years at the helm of California Sports Surfaces, Arthur F. Tucker officially retired as of September 1st. Known for his booming voice and strong opinions, Art has been a longtime, active member of the ASBA (and USTC&TBA), having served on the Board of Directors several times and also having volunteered both on various committees and as a frequent Technical Meeting presenter.

Art joined California Products in March of 1983, when the company’s recreational products division was in a bit of turmoil. He proceeded to right the ship and set the company on the path to becoming the world’s largest manufacturer of acrylic sports surfacing systems.

Art long-championed the Plexipave and Plexitrac product lines and was instrumental in California Products’ acquisitions of DecoTurf and Rebound Ace. In his final year, he helped provide a guiding hand through the acquisition of the Premier Group and the transition of leadership. Art will be sorely missed by those who know him best in the industry, but anyone who knows him knows he will certainly be keeping busy. Best wishes to Art from everybody at California Sports Surfaces on a long and enjoyable second chapter.



Ecore Employees Qualify for 2016 Olympics

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is pleased to announce that three part-time employees from its Marketing Department have qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by defeating Argentina 2-1 in the Finals and claiming Gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada last weekend. Stefanie Fee, Katie Reinprecht, and Lauren Crandall, all members of the U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey team, went undefeated in the tournament, winning all 6 games and securing the U.S. Women’s National Team’s (USWNT) spot in the 2016 Summer Games.

“There was no doubt in our minds that they would achieve this goal,” said Arthur Dodge III, CEO and President of Ecore. “Lauren, Katie and Stef, along with the rest of their teammates, have worked incredibly hard since the 2012 games to advance to where they are today.”

The Pan American Games took place August 13-24. During the entire tournament, USWNT hadn’t let in a single goal, until the final match against Argentina on August 24. The two teams were tied at halftime before Katie Reinprecht scored in the 34th minute to give the U.S. the lead. "A victory in the final is never going to get old," U.S. captain Lauren Crandall said. "It's something that we need to continue to do. We want to be a team that can get to the gold medal match and put a winning performance together."

Crandall, Reinprecht, and Fee began working at Ecore in December 2013, as social media specialists. In addition to their social media duties, these women’s roles have expanded over the past two years to include new product development and testing, writing case studies, and being involved with the overall marketing and evolution of the Ecore Athletic business unit.”

“Katie, Stef, and Lauren have been such a wonderful addition to the Ecore marketing team that we have been willing to work with them around their training and playing schedules,” said Dodge.
To learn more about Ecore visit: www.ecoreintl.com. To learn more about Ecore Athletic visit: www.Ecoreathletic.com.

Ecore Announces Rebrand

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into performance surfaces that make people’s lives better, has undergone a corporate rebranding effort to reflect the company’s core values: safety, health, and wellness.

“Our customers and people in the industry think of Ecore as the original recycled rubber flooring manufacturer,” said Arthur Dodge, III President and CEO of Ecore. “Or they recognize us by our multiple sub-brands, such as Everlast and ECOsurfaces. Last year, we decided to change all that. We want to be a company that is known by one name, Ecore.” As a result, Ecore began rebranding itself and transforming from a house of brands into a branded house in 2014.

“Our goal with this monumental rebranding effort has been to not only focus on what we do, but why we do it,” said Bo Barber, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development. “We want our customers and the flooring industry to understand that Ecore is building surfaces for the people working and playing on them. We are driven by a simple question: ‘Can a floor do more?’ The answer is: Yes! Ecore is committed to developing surfaces that create new standards related to acoustics, ergonomics, and safety.”

As a result of this rebrand, a refreshed Ecore brand now sits atop all company business units and product families – Ecore Athletic, Ecore Commercial Flooring, Ecore Industrial, and Ecore Construction. Ecore’s business units remain the same, supported by the product families with which everyone is familiar.

Ecore began in 1871 as the Dodge Cork Company and was renamed Ecore in 2007. Five generations later, under the leadership of Art Dodge III, Ecore offers a diverse portfolio of surfaces, ranging from playgrounds, weight rooms, and turf fields, to hospitals, hotels, and retail environments. To learn more about Ecore visit: www.builtbyyes.com


Hinding Tennis Acquires M&M Tennis Court Company

Tom and Steve Hinding are proud to announce the recent acquisition of M&M Tennis Court Company out of Bristol, CT.

Dan and Gloria Laprise, owners of M&M Tennis, have reached an agreement with Hinding Tennis to transfer equipment and leads, many of which specialized in servicing Har-Tru and All Weather tennis courts in multiple northeast markets.

Hinding Tennis has incorporated all of M&M Tennis into their home base in West Haven, CT. The Hinding team is in the process of contacting all of M&M Tennis’ former customers. “We look forward to continuing the high quality of service that M&M provided their customers, and to forging new relationships going forward,” indicated Tom Hinding.

In addition, Hinding Tennis will be increasing focus on Har-Tru and Red Clay courts, coordinating with experts in the field that are best geographically situated to services these types of accounts.

“This is a terrific acquisition for Hinding Tennis,” noted Steve Hinding. “We recognize the needs and requirements that will be necessary to grow our business in order to deliver the quality and service all customers deserve, and look forward to a new frontier for our company.”
 


Laykold is Going Greener With Recycled Tennis Ball Courts

Laykold tennis courts have just gotten greener! APT is proud to announce that their new Laykold Masters line now offers two systems made with recycled tennis balls. APT has teamed up with Ace Surfaces to create the very first cushion court with a shock pad that utilizes up to 10,000 recycled tennis balls in a single tennis court! Finally, after a tennis ball has had it’s last bounce, it can be recycled and used again instead of rolling into a landfill.

Each year, 130+ million tennis balls are consumed in the US and approximately 325 million worldwide. That is enough tennis balls thrown away annually to fill 6,000 semi trailers top to bottom or fill the Empire State Building to the 62nd story! After years of research, product development and teamwork, a recycling program finally exists.
The formula for success combines the reach, expertise and lead of reBounces and other partners such as HABU and Project Green Ball to collect, sort, clean and ship retired tennis balls. Ace Surfaces and Laykold Masters take the now ground up, recycled tennis balls and incorporate them into revolutionary cushion indoor/outdoor sports surfacing systems: Laykold Masters 5 and Laykold Masters 8.

We are excited to announce the first installation of the Tennis Ball Courts at Tenafly Racquet Club in Tenafly, NJ. “We are extremely excited about the new courts we are installing at the Tenafly Racquet Club. We love being the first tennis facility in the country with tennis courts that are partially made out of recycled tennis balls while being eco-friendly. Those that found hard courts to be difficult on their hips, knees and back will be pleasantly surprised by the difference the surface will have on their body. We hope to see other clubs in the country follow our lead in making the sport more enjoyable while helping the environment” said Gordon Uehling, Founder and Managing Director of Tenafly Racquet Club.

For more information on this exciting new program, please visit www.tennisballcourts.com.  Be sure to stay tuned to APT’s news feed and Facebook page for updates!


LSI Completes Hazel Dillon Tennis Center

The new Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center at the University of Nebraska features six indoor tennis courts for varsity Big 10 play for the men’s and women’s teams. The facility is illuminated with the SXS indirect LED lighting system from LSI. The (96) SXS fixtures provide light levels of over 100 foot-candles with uniformity ratios under 1.5:1. The LED lighting system from LSI provides significant energy savings, instant-on capability, and requires very little maintenance. The Dillon Tennis Center is part of the $20.4 million Nebraska Soccer and Tennis Complex.


The Motz Group to Design/Build Braves' New Field

When the Atlanta Braves open the 2017 MLB season in their new home, Sun Trust Park, they will boast the most technologically advanced natural grass field system in all of sports.

The Motz Group, Cincinnati, Ohio, was awarded the contract in March of this year to design and construct the complete field system. Their engineering efforts, however, started many months before that as their elite team of consultants undertook the proof of concept work needed to demonstrate to the Braves’ ownership that they could deliver something special and befitting the newest MLB stadium in the country.

For nearly 20 years, The Motz Group had been building their proprietary field moisture management system, Prescription Athletic Turf™ (PAT™), in high profile venues around the world. Their client list was impressive and included the Braves’ current home, Turner Field. But the Braves were not interested in what The Motz Group had done for them in 1996, as part of the reconstruction of the main stadium for the Atlanta Olympic Games. What they were looking for was the newest field technology available, and the ability to customize the system to meet their performance and sustainability objectives.
The Motz Group stepped up to the plate. The field system they will install includes capabilities to gravity and vacuum drain, sub-irrigate, capture, store and recycle irrigation and rain water, forcibly push or pull air through the root zone and geothermally warm or cool the field in a uniquely sustainable process. The entire system is fully automated through customized software and designed for remote operation.

Three Certified Field Builders on The Motz Group’s staff will be involved in the project, including Mark Heinlein, current ASBA board member and the company’s director of Research and Product Development, Paul Schinner and Allen Verdin. Construction of the field system is slated to begin in mid-2016.


Sportsfield Specialties Has Vital Role in New Jersey Stadium Transformation

When the City of Bayonne, NJ embarked on a major upgrade of Don Ahern Veteran’s Memorial Stadium it chose to follow a trend amongst strapped-for-space urban municipalities and call for a multi-sports layout that could accommodate four different sports—baseball, softball, football and soccer—on the same playing surface. To assure maximum functionality and provide the community a state-of-the-art recreational facility, the design team at Maser Consulting in Mt. Arlington, NJ also followed a trend by choosing Sportsfield Specialties Inc. (SSI) to outfit the complex with an array of specialized competition equipment.

A listing of equipment shipped from the SSI factory in upstate Delhi, NY indicates the complexity of preparing to play four different sports within the confines of the same complex. In terms of volume, equipment essential for baseball and softball tops the list because both sports will be played concurrently during the spring and summer months. For baseball, SSI supplied the following: three (3) Porta-Pitch® portable pitching mounds each 18’ in diameter (w/ transport cart), two (2) GameShade® pre-fabricated dugouts, two (2) 30’ benches for each dugout, two (2) 30’ foul poles, two (2) 180’ lengths of 60’ high portable safety netting to extend along the rightfield and leftfield foul lines, and a set of TurfBase rubberized bases. For softball, SSI provided two (2) 15’ foul poles and a set of TurfBase bases. Completing the order, SSI also provided 855’ of its portable outfield fencing. The configuration of both fields will be determined by the outfield placement of the 3.5’ high fencing, a segment of which will serve both fields.

To enable football and soccer competition, SSI supplied the football goal posts and soccer goals that are featured in its Rotating/Hinged GoalPak® High School Football/Soccer Goal System. Additional SSI products included a football safety netting system for use behind the goal post at one end of the field, two (2) 160’lengths of 10’ high portable safety netting for placement at the softball field, four (4) 15’ team benches (softball and soccer), and a covered scorer’s table with custom graphics printed on the front padding and awning.

“Thanks to our previous experience working on multi-sport layouts with Carl O’Brien and the design team at Maser Consulting, we were able to work together as product manufacturer and facility designer to determine the specific products and respective layouts needed to best serve the facility,” said Jake Newkerk, Mid-Atlantic Sales Manager for SSI, “The scope of the order indicates the complexity of outfitting overlapping fields in urban areas as well as the importance of our accessory equipment.”

Built on Newark Bay in 1960, Veteran’s Memorial Stadium has long played a major role in high school athletics in Bayonne. It currently serves as the home field for Bayonne High School, which stands nearby, and Marist High School, also in Bayonne. Now, with its new synthetic turf playing field and the versatility of its improved multi-sports layout, recreational use by both children and adults can be expected to increase.


Stantec Adds Three Team Members

Stantec’s Sport Group has added three new members to its team. Based in New Haven, CT, Jeff Olszewski is a landscape architect and project manager focused on sports and park facility projects, particularly athletic field complexes. Colby Carter, a former professional skateboarder, is a senior designer based in Phoenix, AZ, who has been involved in the design of over 100 skateparks across the country. Also a former pro skateboarder, Andy Stone has joined the Stantec team, based in Denver, CO. Andy is a civil engineer who specializes in site engineering for all kinds of projects, including sports facilities.


Synthetic Surfaces Inc. Marks 42 Years of Designing New Synthetic Turf Adhesives

Since its start in the fall of 1973, Synthetic Surfaces Inc. (SSI) in Scotch Plains, NJ has been designing, making and supplying top-quality NORDOT® Adhesives to the synthetic turf and recreational surfaces industries worldwide.

Norris Legue, aka “The Guru of Glue®”, is a chemist, founder and President of SSI. In 1969 he invented the first urethane adhesive that was used successfully to install synthetic turf athletic fields. Over the years, technology and progress have led to new generations of NORDOT® Adhesives that permit outdoor installation in any hot or cold temperature the installer can work. Photos of installations in progress can be found on the “Action Pictures” page of the SSI website at www.nordot.com.

SSI will be exhibiting at the ASBA Technical meeting in December at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.


USGreentech Hires Sports System Consultant in Response to Growing Industry Need

USGreentech, provider of innovative, high-performance synthetic turf infills and shock absorption solutions, is expanding its business development team. The Company is excited to add Stephen Torbeck in the role of Sports System Consultant in response to the synthetic turf market’s growing demand for systems that address a new set of emerging issues such as concussions, sports-specific systems, clean products, surface heat and sustainability.

As the Sports System Consultant, Stephen will develop strategic sales processes to drive USGreentech’s growing portfolio of solutions. He will focus on supporting field owners, architects, and contractors, advising them on the best combination of infill, turf and pad to meet their individual project needs. In addition, he will ensure an excellent customer experience from project inception to completion.

Stephen joins USGreentech with nine years of experience in business development and sales leadership. He hails from the media industry with a specialization in marketing and advertising campaigns focusing on the sports and entertainment industry. Stephen enters this new role at USGreentech with a passion for measurable results and a drive to provide solutions that allow athletes to perform at their best.

“Stephen’s expertise will help USGreentech thrive in a new era of synthetic turf system innovation. His ability to evaluate a customer’s needs and develop measurable solutions is second to none. We’re excited to welcome him to our team,” said Adam Coleman, Vice President of USGreentech.


© 2015 American Sports Builders Association 

9 Newport Drive, Suite 200 • Forest Hill, MD 21050 • 410-730-9595 • info@sportsbuilders.org

Share This Article

Share on Facebook  Share on Twitter  Share on LinkedIn

Click on the icons above to share this article with your social networks.

Important Links

Act Global

ATT Sports

California Sports Surfaces

Ecore

Hinding Tennis

Laykold

LSI

The Motz Group

Sportsfield Specialties

Stantec

Synthetic Surfaces, Inc.

USGreentech