Sporturf Continues to Progress with New Southwestern Regional Manager

Sporturf™ is updating its footprint on the west coast and making a conscious effort to gain market share.

Greg Holloway is originally from Texas but has resided in California for 22 years. He spent eight years in the Marines and decided to stay on the West Coast after an honorable discharge.

He has 17 years of landscape and irrigation experience and four years of synthetic turf experience. Greg’s landscape and turf experience allows Sporturf to better serve our West Coast clients and we look forward to his success. 

Greg 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 Greg on the team and look forward to the impact he will have in the Southwest market.”

Sporturf™ Partnership with the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

Kevin Barker, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, is pleased to announce that Sporturf™, the leading manufacturer of synthetic turf, has elected to renew its partnership and position as the exclusive provider for synthetic turf surfaces for the Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta.


“Continuing to be part of such a fantastic attraction is something we take a lot of pride in. The last four years have been very exciting, and we are blessed to continue our partnership with the College Football Hall of Fame. All parties involved have worked very hard to make sure fans get to experience the best in the industry” explains Barker. “We are looking forward to the next 4 years with the College Football Hall of Fame as millions of fans get to enjoy the state-of-the-art facility.”

The state of the art Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame facility features historic and contemporary artifacts, interactive multimedia displays, children’s activities, a theater featuring an originally produced 4K ultrahigh-definition film on the history and excitement of college football, meeting facilities, and special event spaces. The Hall includes a 45-yard replica football field where the Sporturf™ product and updated logo is featured.

“When deciding on turf for the indoor playing field at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, we were immediately impressed with the quality of the Sporturf product and service, their ISO certification and longevity in the business. We were not only seeking a turf solution, but a long-term partnership,” said Kimberly Beaudin, VP of Sales and Marketing for the Hall of Fame. “Four years later, we are proud to renew that partnership for an additional 5 years. Along with all the initial benefits, the enhanced agreement includes a new feature, the “Turf Tough” play of the week and an expanded relationship with Hall of Famers.”

Sporturf™ Dealer WorldWide Turf Canada Maple Ridge Installs

Sporturf™ dealer Steve Halbert of WorldWide Turf Canada is currently working on installing two multi-purpose fields in the city of Maple Ridge, BC. The city of Maple Ridge was diligent in making sure that their choice for surface and installer for the fields was correct and going to work for them in the end.

Halbert’s company was established with complete end-to-end service in mind. They believe that the framework for success and excellence include the trifecta of quality, service and expertise. This allows them to deliver the best quality Sporturf™ products at a competitive price with the expertise to build and install custom fields with the highest level of service.

The first field they are working on is at Samuel Robertson Technical School, and installation has begun with an estimated completion of this fall.

The Samuel Robertson field size is 111,000 sq. foot (10,300/m2) and will house the following sports, Soccer, Lacrosse, Football, and Field Hockey.

The second install they are working on is at Golden Ears Elementary School with a completion date of the end of August.

The field size is 90,000sq foot field   (8400/m2) and will provide playing space for the following sports: Soccer, Lacrosse and Baseball.

The cost for both projects comes to about $1.27 million, and the turf will be multipurpose Duration 50 product. The Duration Series is constructed with technological advanced Monofilament fiber. This performance-based system delivers the best to both the athlete and owner. Engineered to meet all the testing requirements of FIFA. These FIFA requirements allow athletes and owners to be confident that performance is always there for them. Duration is available in two configurations that can qualify for FIFA certifications. Both have unique performance characteristics.

https://www.mapleridgenews.com/news/new-maple-ridge-fields-will-be-state-of-the-art/

Turf and the Different Types of Infill

Since turf was first invented, we have needed suitable infills for installs where the turf needs to stand up. There are different types of turf for every application and it only makes sense that there are multiple types of infill.

The following infills are recommended by the Synthetic Turf Council:

Crumb Rubber: Crumb Rubber is derived from scrap vehicle tires that are ground up and recycled. Two types of crumb rubber infill exist: Ambient and Cryogenic. Together these make up the most widely used infill in the synthetic sports field and landscape market. Crumb rubber infill is substantially metal free, and, according to the STC Guidelines for Crumb Rubber Infill, should not contain liberated fiber in an amount that exceeds .01% of the total weight of crumb rubber, or .6 lbs. per ton.

Coated Rubber Infill: Both ambient and cryogenic rubber can be coated with colorants, sealers, or anti-microbial substances if desired. Coated rubber provides additional aesthetic appeal, reduction of dust by products during the manufacturing process and complete encapsulation of the rubber particle.

EPDM Infill: EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is a polymer elastomer with high resistance to abrasion and wear and will not change its solid form under high temperatures. Typical EPDM colors are green and tan. EPDM has proven its durability as an infill product in all types of climates. Its excellent elasticity properties and resistance to atmospheric and chemical agents provide a stable, high performance infill product.

Organic Infill: There are several organic infills available in the North American market, all utilizing different organic components, such as natural cork and/or ground fibers from the outside shell of the coconut. These products can be utilized in professional sports applications as well as for landscaping. At the end of its life cycle it can be recycled directly into the environment.

Sand (Silica) Infill: Pure silica sand is one of the original infilling materials utilized in synthetic turf. This product is a natural infill that is non-toxic, chemically stable and fracture resistant. Silica sand infills are typically tan, off-tan or white in color and – depending upon plant location – may be round or sub-round in particle shape. As a natural product there is no possibility of heavy metals, and the dust/turbidity rating is less than 100. It can be used in conjunction with many other infills on the market to provide a safe and more realistic playing surface. The round shape plays an integral part in the synthetic turf system. It is important that silica sand have a high purity (greater than 90%) to resist crushing and absorption of bacteria and other field contaminants. Silica sand can either be coated with different materials as a standalone product or can be used to firm up in combination with traditional crumb rubber infill systems.

Coated Silica Sand Infill: This class of infill consists of coated, high-purity silica sand with either a soft or rigid coating specifically engineered for synthetic turf. These coatings are either elastomeric or acrylic in nature (non-toxic) and form a bond with the sand grain sealing it from bacteria to provide superior performance and durability over the life of a field. Coated sand is available in various sizes to meet the application’s needs.

Depending on the amount and type of infill, coated sands can either be used with or without a pad and are available in various colors. All of the coatings are non-toxic and are bonded to the quartz grain for superior performance and durability over the life of your field. These materials are typically used as a homogenous infill which provides both ballast and shock absorbing qualities to a synthetic turf application.

TPE Infill: Thermo plastic elastomer (TPE) infill is non-toxic, heavy metal free, available in a variety of colors that resist fading, very long lasting, and 100% recyclable and reusable as infill when the field is replaced. TPE infill, when utilizing virgin-based resins, will offer consistent performance and excellent g-max over a wide temperature range.

For more information about the STC please visit their website https://www.syntheticturfcouncil.org

Sporturf Dealer Worldwide Turf Canda Dominates with FIFA Field in Aurora

Building upon the theme of sport tourism and sport development, the Town of Aurora now has its first FIFA Certified artificial turf soccer pitch at Stewart Burnett Park completed this fall, by Worldwide Turf Inc, from Barrie, ON.   Contributing to the town’s plan to become “Canada’s most active community, it will also facilitate the needs of the soccer community as well as the Aurora FC Semi-Professional league.

The 84,000 sq ft soccer pitch was manufactured at the Sporturf facility in Dalton, GA with the Duration 60 product in conjunction with Sit-In Sport.  The Duration Series is constructed with technological advanced Monofilament fiber. This performance-based system delivers the best to both the athlete and owner. Engineered to meet all the testing requirements of FIFA. These FIFA requirements allow athletes and owners to be confident that performance is always there for them. Duration is available in two configurations that can qualify for FIFA certifications. Both have unique performance characteristics.

For additional information, please see the articles below.

 

https://football-technology.fifa.com/en/resource-hub/certified-product-database/football-turf/recommended-pitches/B53F4C11-40FB-4A1D-82FC-BF463A4C3D35

http://www.newspapers-online.com/auroran/?p=21011

https://www.yorkregion.com/community-story/8689429-stewart-burnett-turf-field-newest-member-of-aurora-s-facilities-lineup/

Meet the Sporturf Team!

Our Sporturf team has been growing over the last year and we would like to make sure that all of our customers get to know our amazing team.

Demond Moore – Southeast

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.

demondmoore@sporturf.com

(706) 913-1056

 

Hunter Pratt – Gulf Coast

As Gulf Coast Regional Manager Hunter will be responsible for growing and managing the indoor and outdoor field dealer networks in the Gulf Coast, while working with the A&E community as well as meeting with end users.

hunterpratt@sporturf.com

(706) 980-8915

 

Dustin Loggins – Midwest

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

dustinloggins@sporturf.com

(706) 508-2526

 

Raquel Raybon – Southwest

Raquel “Rocky” holds the role of Western Regional Sales Manager and is responsible for indoor and outdoor field sales in the 14 western states growing not only the brand but the dealer network as well.

raquelraybon@sporturf.com

(706) 671-0029

 

Broc Johnson – Northwest

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

brocjohnson@sporturf.com

(706) 618-3335

 

Lisa Plott – Lead Generation Coordinator

lisaplott@sporturf.com

800-798-1056 ext. 140

Crean Lutheran High School

This project comes to us from Southwestern Regional Manager Raquel “Rocky” Raybon out of California.

The project was as follows:

  • Product Installed-PowerHouse 42oz
  • Pile Height-2in
  • Location-Irvine, CA
  • School: Crean Lutheran High School
  • Mascot: Saints

Crean Lutheran is WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Accredited and has Exemplary Status Accreditation status with the NLSA (National Lutheran Schools Accreditation) – a distinction setting apart 9 of over 1,000 Lutheran schools nationwide.

PowerHouse, the turf installed on the Saints field, is one of our most advanced system designs that provides high resilience and increased comfort and safety. The series is made up of some of the most proven and durable fibers in the world. PowerHouse truly is a workhorse and will withstand the rigors of wear and tear for many years.

Features:

  • Dual Parallel Slit Film

Applications:

  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Multi-purpose

 

We at Sporturf strive to provide quality service with quality products to each one of our customers, no matter the size of the project. With that in mind, please consider Sporturf for your synthetic turf sports needs.

Sporturf Grows Again with Northwestern Regional Manager

We are continuing to grow rapidly!  We just added Broc Johnson as our newest team member. Broc is based out of Washington and attended Arizona State University and graduated with a degree in Communication.

After graduation, Broc worked at a local golf course for about a year before he moved back to Washington to accept a job with Shaw Industries in the Northwest as Territory Manager. In this position Broc covered the Northwest area of the US.

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

Welcome to the team Broc!

Hot Spring Chooses Sporturf

Sometimes we get a chance to get a little bit more information about an install and the motivation behind it. We spoke with our dealer Craig Shonk of Midwest Synthetic Turf Professionals about his recent install in Hot Springs to learn more about the project and get some feedback from the customers.

The project was as follows:

  • Product Installed-PowerHouse 46oz
  • Size of Installation-81,000 SF
  • Location-Hot Springs, AR
  • Difficulties/obstacles overcome-15” of rain during project work
  • Why did the turf need to be replaced?-The former field was seven years old and falling apart.

When asked why they chose to go with Sporturf, Hot Springs School District Deputy Superintendent Lloyd D. Jackson said, “After visiting a few schools in our area that had Sporturf (fields), we were convinced that this was the quality of product we wanted to go with.  We also were impressed with the professionalism and commitment of the Midwest team in past projects. “

Furthermore, Jackson told us what they hoped to accomplish, “We wanted to first class field to accompany our World Class approach to educating our students.  Our board decided that they wanted to showcase the best in all areas of our schools–academically and athletically.”

When asked about feedback from the community Jackson finished with this statement, “The community has been very complimentary of the work that has been done on our football field.  It is a source of pride for our district.”

We at Sporturf strive to provide quality service with quality products to each one of our customers, no matter the size of the project. With that in mind, please consider Sporturf for your synthetic turf sports needs.

Sporturf™ Grows with New Gulf Coast Regional Manager

We are growing rapidly!  We just added Hunter Pratt as our newest team member. Hunter is based out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and attended Louisiana Tech University and graduated with a degree in Marketing Management. His territories include  Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas & Oklahoma.

After graduation, Hunter moved back to South Louisiana to accept a job with Precision Chemical & Equipment as their Gulf Coast Area Sales Representative. In this position Hunter covered Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, & Florida.

Hunter later accepted the position of Domestic Regional Sales Manager for Hunter Equipment Company.  Hunter Equipment Company specialized in Mechanical & Process Equipment such as Pumps, Valves, Hydro-Cyclones, Agitators, & other slurry material handling equipment.

Hunter’s hobbies include sports, music, hunting, fishing, traveling, and anything outdoor related.

When asked about his new position with Sporturf Hunter said, “To be able to marry my love for sports, and my passion for sales into this new career with Sporturf, I couldn’t be happier at what the future holds!”

Welcome to the team Hunter!

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