Sporturf™ Grows with New Southeastern Regional Manager

Sporturf™ is expanding its footprint once again and building our team. We would like to introduce Demond Moore who was most recently the Sporturf™ Lead Generation Coordinator. Demond was promoted and will be stepping into the role of Southeastern Regional Manager.

As Southeastern Regional Manager Demond will be responsible for growing and managing the indoor and outdoor field dealer networks in the southeastern states while working with the A&E community as well as meeting with end users.

Sporturf™ not only strives to be the premier field supplier in the country but to also host the best dealer network as well. Business Director of Sporturf™ Matt Riggs stated, “Since coming on board with Sporturf Demond has shown a passion and desire to grow and learn our products.  We are excited to for him to take his skills and abilities to the market and look forward to his continued growth with the Sporturf™ team.”

Demond grew up in Dalton, GA and attended Georgia State and University of Phoenix earning his B.B.A. in Management. His past work experience includes 12 years at Southeastern as Front Line Leader and almost two years at Enterprise as an Assistant Branch Manager. Demond initially joined Sporturf in June of 2017 as our Lead Generation Coordinator and has shown incredible drive and determination to promote Sporturf™ as a brand and company.

He resides in Georgia with his wife Brandi and children Mayson and Madison.

Do you know about the Synthetic Turf Council?

According to the Synthetic Turf Council (STC), “Currently, there are between 12,000 and 13,000 synthetic turf sports fields in the U.S., with approximately 1,200 – 1,500 new installations each year.” Therefore, education about the benefits of synthetic turf is a crucial topic. Many people are just not aware of how much it can benefit their lives.

Synthetic turf is an excellent, durable solution for a multitude of sports, such as football, field hockey, baseball, tennis, lacrosse and rugby. In fact, about half of all NFL teams currently play or practice on synthetic turf.

Now more than ever, millions of students around the world have new opportunities to practice and play on a sports field that is always game ready. This innovation in synthetic turf has helped teams go from worst to first, intensified school pride and brought together entire communities. When students and children have a safe, stable place to play, they thrive and grow into happy, healthy adults.

For more information on synthetic turf and the Synthetic Turf Council, please visit the Synthetic Turf Council webpage via the link below.

http://www.syntheticturfcouncil.org/

Farragut High School Chose Sporturf™

Sporturf™ dealer Playrite worked with Farragut high school to install a practice field for their football team when they needed one.

Since 1994, PLAYRITE has served as the premier sports and recreation construction company in Tennessee. With extensive experience and expertise, PLAYRITE has established a reputation that is the best in the industry. From basketball courts and tennis courts to playgrounds and putting greens, PLAYRITE is your source for everything sports and recreation.

In addition to using the latest techniques and technology during construction, PLAYRITE provides and installs state-of-the-art synthetic turf surfacing, playground equipment, sports equipment, site furnishings, outdoor exercise and fitness equipment, and bicycle parking solutions.

The Farragut Admirals chose Playrite and Sporturf’s GameChanger 3c-50 for their practice field. GameChanger is very similar to natural grass: This advanced yarn provides resilience and strength at the same time. The fiber has exceptional split resistance compared to conventional turf fibers. This increases the performance in sliding friendliness, ball roll, ball bounce and durability.

Sporturf™ Leads the Turf Industry with ArmorLoc™ 3

Sporturf™ is an industry leading synthetic turf company. Our in house, state-of-the-art laboratory provides us the ability to develop products that exceed the requirements of all the individual sport’s governing bodies around the world. With that comes the knowledge and capability to have one of the best backing systems on the market today, in the form of ArmorLoc™ 3L. ArmorLoc™ 3L utilizes a complete knitted system as the foundation to deliver the world’s strongest artificial turf system.

  • Unmatched Strength –
    • Extremely high tear strength. This strength provides the necessary proprieties that reduce the incidence of a rip or a tear in the product. This is due to the knitted layers all working together like the tight weave of a basket or a carpet.
    • Provides a better mechanical bond when utilized with Silverback™ and specialized fiber
  • Restorative –
    • During the manufacturing process we poke thousands of holes in the product. The ArmorLoc™ 3L is designed to self-heal and fill with Silverback™ once the needle is extracted. Compressing around the yarn.
    • Other products leave open gaps because the general construction does not self-close. This reduces the overall strength of their products and reduces tuft bind properties.
  • No absorption –
    • ArmorLoc™ 3L is moisture and rot resistant. Competitors’ products that utilize an absorbent material like embedded fleece tend to absorb moisture and retain odors.
    • Other products that retain moisture present perfect conditions to rot over time.
  • Improved Dimensional Stability
    • Less movement after the installation and over the life of the product. Some folks call this “creep.”
    • This improved stability addresses extreme temperature variations over the life of the product. Temperature variations make competitor’s products move excessively and is a major cause for callbacks and failures.
    • The way ArmorLoc™ 3L is manufactured directly enhances this performance.
    • Improves the installation process and lends to straighter cuts and lines even for sport applications.
  • Manufactured woven and stitched together before fabrication
    • Competitors take two or three backings and physically stitch them together when they tuft the product. This aftermarket fabrication method lessens the overall quality of the product. When competitors do this they are trying to save money by stitching together two lesser backings with the hope of creating a stronger backing.
    • The two backings tend to move at different rates in the fabrication process leading to non-uniform product characteristics.

District School Board of Niagara Introduction go GSS and SWC

Recently Canadian Sporturf dealer Worldwide Turf Inc. worked with the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) who allocated $5 million in its multi-year capital budget to fund five Field of Dreams artificial turf fields.

Worldwide Turf Inc. has built and installed 3 of the 5 fields in the region so far.  Governor Simcoe and Sir Winston Churchill in St. Catharines this year, and Greater Fort Erie Secondary School in 2016.

Governor Simcoe Secondary and Sir Winston Churchill are located in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Both synthetic turf fields include:

  • 120,000 sq. ft.  GameChanger synthetic turf built on an aggregate base.
  • Large enough to accommodate regulation CFL games, FIFA soccer games and field lacrosse
  • 8 lane Running track
  • 8 Tier – Bleachers for spectators  and Players Benches
  • Full LED Sports field Lighting to accommodate night games

“Athletics are a significant and meaningful aspect of education for many students. The Board is taking action to support the athletic programs and provide students with first-rate facilities to develop their skills and become active,” said DSBN Director of Education Warren Hoshizaki.

The stance of the DSBN makes Sporturf and Worldwide the ideal choice in their fields. Not to mention Sporturf GameChanger is very similar to natural grass; our advanced yarn provides resilience and strength at the same time, while maintaining a brilliant appearance. The fiber has exceptional split resistance compared to conventional turf fibers. This increases the performance in sliding, ball roll, ball bounce and durability making our product one of the best on the market today.

The DSBN fields will also be available to the community in the form of rentals, and these are truly win-win situations for the students and the community as they provide the consistent, even surface, the fields are much more accessible, allowing students with special needs more opportunity to become active.

Worldwide Turf Inc Installs at EE Mitchelson

Worldwide Turf Inc. is continuing its installations in Ontario with the culmination of EE Mitchelson Park.

Mitchelson Park is located in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The field includes the following:

  • 115,000 square feet – GameChanger on aggregate base
  • Five tier bleachers for spectators and players benches
  • Fully chain link fenced field

The million-dollar transformation of Michelson Park field is a partnership between the City of Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls Soccer Club and the Foundation for Catholic Education of Niagara.

The turf will be a multi-use field for sports such as lacrosse, football, soccer and rugby. These new fields will not only be used by the Catholic elementary and secondary schools, they will be open to sports groups and other organizations throughout the Niagara region.

Over the next five years, the board plans to install artificial turf fields at all eight of its high schools.

Sporturf™ GameChanger is very similar to natural grass; our advanced yarn provides resilience and strength at the same time, while maintaining a brilliant appearance. The fiber has exceptional split resistance compared to conventional turf fibers. This increases the performance in sliding, ball roll, ball bounce and durability making our product one of the best on the market today.

Environmental Turf Surfaces, LLC Installs at Briarwood Christian School

This installation comes to Sporturf™ from Environmental Turf Surfaces, LLC. Briarwood Christian School chose Sporturf TrueGrass as the synthetic turf for their football field. With 42 State Athletic Championships, BCS offers students the opportunity to be part of an outstanding athletic program that will shape character, develop leadership skills, and create a lifetime of memories.  Many BCS athletes have gone on to play college athletics and some have advanced to represent their country on National Teams and/or played professionally.

With Sporturf TrueGrass synthetic turf, BCS can continue providing an exceptional playing surface that matches their athletic program.

Sporturf™ TrueGrass is a premium athletic field product that has been tried and tested in the toughest conditions. This product also features the longest lasting fiber available, which makes it ideal for indoor and outdoor athletic fields.

Features:

  • Most widely used since 2004
  • Parallel slit film technology

Applications:

Sansom Family Foundation Install in Knoxville TN

This install for the Sansom Family Foundation comes to us from Baseline Sports Construction, LLC. Baseline began surfacing tennis courts in 1982 as Empire Recreational Surfaces, and grew into a full service recreational contracting company providing a wide-range of services such as tennis court construction, running track construction, indoor sports facility construction, and synthetic turf construction.

Baseline serves the southeastern region and is a licensed contractor in the states of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Sansom Sports Complex
The complex is located in Knoxville, TN.  The new construction of two full size synthetic turf fields and one smaller pavilion synthetic field consisted of a 12-acre site for use by inner city ministry. The owners chose to install Sporturf™ GameChanger on two out of the three fields on site.
GameChanger is very similar to natural grass; our advanced yarn provides resilience and strength at the same time, while maintaining a brilliant appearance. The fiber has exceptional split resistance compared to conventional turf fibers. This increases the performance in sliding, ball roll, ball bounce and durability making our product one of the best on the market today.

Synthetic Turf Helps Grant a Wish

Recently Sporturf™ dealer Midwest Synthetic Turf and BEX Construction Services worked together on a Make a Wish request that involved synthetic turf. The turf is installed in a 24’ x 40’ outside play area for a child with special needs.  According to Tim Williams of BEX Construction, “We chose to use Fast Grass Sporturf™ over compacted granular fill so she could ride her tricycle on a flat surface and not be impacted much by wet weather as would be the case on a normal grass yard. The turf will also not wear a path like grass would be turned into mud.  We also wanted to reduce injury from falls which is why we did not choose a hard surface like concrete or asphalt.”

The short pile height was chosen over longer material to allow the child’s tricycle to be ridden with normal effort.  The area will also be used for activities including most ball play and child type play activities.  The project included a fence to protect the little girl as the yard does slope some.  Finally, the surface will also be used for a bench swing and basketball goal, a true multi-use area that is perfect for synthetic turf.

This amazing project was made possible by the generosity of several companies, Midwest Synthetic Turf included.  Both materials and labor were donated to various degrees and the project received great attention, responsiveness, flexibility and commitments from all who participated.  Without these people, the play area could not have been built due to cost constraints.

Sporturf™ Grows With New Western Regional Manager

Sporturf™ would like to welcome its newest team member, Raquel “Rocky” Raybon, as Western Regional Manager.

Sporturf™ is expanding its footprint on the west coast and making a conscious effort to gain market share. Raquel is going to be an integral part of the plan to get Sporturf™ there.

Raquel grew up both in Columbus, GA and Florida. As a student athlete on the swim team at Clemson University, Rocky earned her degree in Travel and Tourism Management while minoring in Business Administration.  Upon graduation, she went on to work in the entertainment industry in Atlanta for 5 years and transferred to California, where she currently resides in San Diego.

Rocky will be responsible for indoor and outdoor field sales in the 14 western states growing not only the brand but the dealer network as well.  Business Director of Sporturf™ Matt Riggs stated, “We are thrilled to have Rocky on board and look forward to the impact she will have on the team.”

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