News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        October 2106

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Retired Milwaukee Bucks Court Arrives at its New Home

The hardwood court that has played home to a number of Milwaukee Bucks games has arrived at its new home this month in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Soon the court will be back in action as the centerpiece of the Zaza Pachulia Basketball Academy.

“It is so exciting to see this project come together,” said Tom Abendroth, president of Action Floor Systems, LLC. “In our company’s 26-year history, this is certainly one of our most memorable projects. The entire Action Floors team has pulled together to make this project a reality for Zaza and the children at the youth basketball academy.”

Earlier this year, Action Floor Systems, a leading manufacturer of premium hardwood maple sports floors, partnered with the Golden State Warriors Center, Zaza Pachulia, to load, ship, and install the court in Pachulia’s native country of Georgia.

The idea started when Pachulia noticed the old floor at the youth basketball camp in Tbilisi was the same floor he trained on as a child.

When the Bucks chose to install a new Action Floor Systems court in the Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Bradley Center Pachulia saw the opportunity to update the Tbilisi basketball camp floor and purchased the retired court from the facility’s management corporation.

In Pachulia’s 13-year NBA career he played a total of three seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks.

“Our team will be hard at work until the grand opening and when those kids get to play their first game on the new court, that will be a very special moment for us all,” said Abendroth.

Ecore Exclusive Surfacing Sponsor of NPGL

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is the exclusive surfacing sponsor of the National Pro Grid League (NPGL). Grid is the world’s first professional spectator sport with co-ed teams that compete in strategic athletics racing. Teams from across the USA compete with each other physically and strategically on a grid. Ecore provided 11,100-square-feet of Performance Monster in ES00 Basic Black for the competition floor, warm-up zone, and training area.

“This surface is ideal for the NPGL competitions,” said David Sides, Regional Manager for Ecore Athletics & Fitness. “Custom-made for extreme strength and conditioning, this 22.5mm system features a 10.5mm Performance Beast Roll field united to a 12mm ShockPad. The resulting triple durometer system, which is comprised of 3 layers of rubber, combines the durability and firm footing desired in strength training with the ergonomic demands of aggressive functional training, enabling these athletes to perform their best on a safe surface.”

The NPGL consists of professional teams representing eight major US cities that compete from August through September for the championship. Each two-hour match features two 14-person teams (7 men, 7 women, one of each being over 40 years old) going head to head in 11 fast races. Grid races are easy to follow and are played with pre-set rules and unlimited substitutions designed to force teams to strategize.

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Har-Tru Announces Four New Hires

Har-Tru is excited to announce that the company has added four new associates to its team. The hires add a Credit & Collections specialist and backfill two open sales positions and one open purchasing position. The new team members will support the company’s efforts to offer top quality court surfaces, equipment and accessories backed up with an urgently-high level service and expertise.

“We want to help others design and develop awesome places to play the game of tennis,” says Pat Hanssen, the company’s President. “To do that we need to hire smart, talented associates who are great listeners and are ready to help people build and maintain the best courts in the world. Our new team members really get it and they bring new perspectives and experiences – in business and sports - that are already making us a better company.”

Andrew Frazier is the company’s new Inside Sales Representative for the Mid-Atlantic and Canada. He comes on board from Enterprise Rent-a-Car, where he worked as a branch manager.

Kyle Utz is the company’s new Inside Sales Representative for the Midwest and West. He brings considerable sales and logistics experience, most recently with World Strides where was the Program Development Manager.

Chris Martin has stepped in as the company’s Credit & Collections Manager. He has worked in a variety of accounting and finance functions and was most recently the Associate Credit Manager for Southern States.

Kita Ashurst is the company’s new Senior Purchasing Agent. She most recently worked as a Buyer for GE managing both domestic and international vendor relationships as well as inventory.
Over the next several months the new team members will be learning about the business, customers and the industry. They will also be reaching out to customers and vendors to say introduce themselves.

Har-Tru, LLC is a global tennis company based in Charlottesville, VA. It is the world’s leading provider of clay court surfaces, court consultation, court equipment and accessories. The company strives to help others build and maintain the best courts in the world, leveraging its products, knowledge and experience to most effectively meet the needs of each customer. Har-Tru stays active in the in the industry as an advocate for the sport and sponsor of tennis related activities.

Schmitz Foam Products builds new plant in the U.S.

Schmitz Foam Products, established in 1990 in the Netherlands, is a leading global supplier of high-end shock absorption and drainage products, manufactured under the ProPlay brand. Over the years Schmitz has build a reliable worldwide network of selected distribution and installation partners, offering clients long lasting high performance pitches with the lowest total cost of ownership.

ProPlay products are applied in various markets globally such as sports (soccer, tennis, hockey, rugby, American football and multi-sports), fall protection for playgrounds and applications for landscaping, cow stables and equestrian sports. ProPlay products are famous for bringing the best possible shock absorbing and drainage solutions. Therefore, the reference list is extensive; last year Schmitz installed one sports field every day!

Schmitz regularly introduces new products and applications in response to customer requirements, market developments and technical innovations such as solutions for ski slopes, heated fields (electric and liquid heating), surfaces for new and upcoming sports such as Padel and sport fields on roofs of buildings.

At the moment, Schmitz is building a brand new state of the art facility in the United States, Coldwater Michigan. The construction of this new plant is under way, and all production equipment is being manufactured. The production is expected to start in January 2017. Until then, all products sold will be delivered from the Netherlands as usual. For more info:

Northwestern University Venues Outfitted with SSI Equipment

With a major expansion and renovation of Northwestern University’s athletic venues on the horizon, lead designers at HOK / 360 Architecture sought out the knowledge and innovative solutions of the industry’s leading manufacturer of sports construction equipment, Sportsfield Specialties Inc. (SSI) of Delhi, NY.

SSI’s world-class athletic equipment was provided for the University’s Martin Stadium, a newly renovated multi-use lacrosse / soccer venue and Hutcheson Field for football practice, intramural sports, and recreation. Equipment was also installed at the University’s new Lakeside Field, a synthetic turf surface for the Wildcats’ nationally ranked field hockey team.

According to Terra Erickson, Midwest Regional Sales Manager, SSI’s reputation as the industry leader comes from the company’s focus on providing innovative solutions for athletic equipment. Patents have been awarded to numerous products like SSI’s AdjustRight® Rotating & Hinged Football Goal Post and StormGuard® self-release netting systems. Erickson notes that both products have been installed at the University’s athletic fields.

“One of the most unique parts of the Northwestern project is that the AdjustRight® football goal posts can be moved to create multiple configurations,” she said. With Hutcheson and Martin Field end zones butting against each other, Erickson explained that access frame mounts were installed at each end of Hutcheson and the far end of Martin. By rotating the center post toward the desired field and moving the other post into the far end zone of that field, operators have the ability to utilize either Martin Stadium or Hutcheson Field for football.

Engineered for ease of use and versatility, the AdjustRight® Rotating and Hinged football goal post is designed with a hydraulic hinge. This allows the user to lower the goal post safely and remove it altogether for non-football related activities.

Northwestern also incorporated SSI’s StormGuard® and football safety netting in several locations. “Our netting systems are ideal for multi-use athletic venues because they provide a barrier that shields spectators from potential ball injury,” explained Erickson.
She continued that StormGuard®’s engineered design makes it the safest option available. “Our systems are the first and only that allow the net to fall to the ground before pole or hardware failure due to adverse weather conditions.” StormGuard® has been installed at the University’s Lakeside Field, adjacent to the high traffic entrance and parking area. Football netting systems have been installed behind the end zones of Martin Stadium and Hutcheson Field.

Additionally, the project called for other SSI products including lacrosse and field hockey goals, international soccer goals, EnviroZone® field wall padding, and fence and post pads, along with various accessories.

Erickson said that in 2015 SSI was also contracted to provide equipment for Northwestern’s Miller Park baseball facility expansion, designed by FGM Architects of Chicago and Populous® of Kansas City. SSI provided an outfield batter’s eye, winged foul poles, fence and post padding, and a tension backstop netting system.
“The ball park is gorgeous,” said Erickson. She explained that the new Hayden Clubhouse’s unique and contemporary design incorporates the tension backstop netting system. And like any world-class facility, Northwestern chose “nearly invisible” Ultra Cross Knotless Dyneema® netting.

Ultra Cross’ 1.2 mm low profile twine, along with the braided and knotless construction, makes it exceptionally strong while providing fans with 54% more see-through visibility than industry standard #18 netting. “It’s the kind of safety netting system you see at most of the Major League Baseball stadiums,” Erickson said. The project was completed in April of 2016.

The renovated Martin Stadium hosted its debut women’s lacrosse game on March 8, 2016 with a 17-11 win against the Marquette Golden Eagles and Hutcheson and Lakeside Fields opened at the start of the 2016 fall pre-season. With the projects completed, Northwestern University athletes can now enjoy playing lakeside at one of the most idyllic and state-of-the-art college facilities in the nation.

STOCKMEIER Urethanes Group Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary

STOCKMEIER Urethanes Group is proud to announce its twenty-fifth year as a leading polyurethane systems house focused on the development and production of coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers. In 1991 co-founders Dr. Jürgen Stockmeier and Mr. Edwin Martinkat set out to provide the highest quality polyurethane systems available in a global market.

“Over the last 25 years our dedication to quality, innovation, and superior customer service has allowed us to become a worldwide supplier of polyurethane products recognized by peers and suppliers. We will continue to be a family owned and operated company with a strong commitment to our customers, employees and partners for many years to come” said Christian Martinkat, Chairman of the Executive Committee at STOCKMEIER Urethanes Group.

Operating with ISO 9001 certified production facilities and laboratories in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the United States, STOCKMEIER Urethanes provides customers tailored solutions for their individual polyurethane needs around the globe.

Stobitan® Earns the First IAAF Class 1 Track in Canada

STOCKMEIER Urethanes is pleased to annouce the installation of the first IAAF Class 1 certified track in Canada. The Stobitan® SW Sandwich System running track was installed by the 2015 Best of Canada award winner, Carpell Surfaces, at École Secondaire Gérard-Filion, Longueuil, QC.

Carpell Surfaces specializes in running tracks, sports fields and playgrounds. "Our main goal" says Paul Caron, Founder and President of Carpell Surfaces “is to provide high-performance, safe and durable surfaces using products that are environmentally friendly. We are proud to have installed many Stobitan® SW and Stobitan® SC polyurethane running tracks knowing these products meet these criteria. Customer satisfaction is very high!”

Christian Martinkat, Chairman of the Executive Commitee of STOCKMEIER Urethanes Group and CEO of STOCKMEIER Urethanes USA, Inc. states: "We are pleased to have worked with Carpell Surfaces for many years and with them, earn the first IAAF Class 1 certificate in Canada.“

Based in Granby, Quebec Carpell Surfaces is a leading supplier and installer of synthetic sports surfaces across Canada. The company has an excellent reputation for top-quality installations in sports facilities at major universities, colleges and schools as well as high-profile sporting events such as the 2015 Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and the 2015 Women’s World Cup at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. To learn more about Carpell Surfaces visit

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, production and marketing 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 and services.

For more information on STOCKMEIER Urethanes please contact David Painter at +1-304-841-4655 or

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