Retired Milwaukee Bucks Court Arrives at its New
The hardwood court that has played home to a number of
Milwaukee Bucks games has arrived at its new home this month in Tbilisi,
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.
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.
To learn more about Ecore athletic surfaces visit:
www.ecoreathletic.com. To learn more about the NPGL visit:
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
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.
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
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
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®
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.
Urethanes Group Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary
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
For more information on STOCKMEIER Urethanes please contact David
Painter at +1-304-841-4655 or