Beloved Sporturf™ Dealer, Bill Miller Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a great friend and dealer, Bill Miller. Bill passed away Monday night at the age of 68 after an incredible two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

Sporturf™ was lucky enough to call Bill a dealer since 2006. Over the years he built everything from full size baseball fields to countless infields and batting facilities. Bill always enjoyed helping programs enhance their existing facilities so the athletes could showcase their skills.

Prior to his introduction to the world of synthetic turf, Bill had already built an amazing career as a baseball coach. He amassed a staggering 1,144 victories over a 39-year career that included 6 state titles making him the winningest coach in Kentucky high school baseball history.

“The PRP Family has lost a true legend,” PRP principal Kim Salyer said in a news release. He was a father figure to hundreds of players, coaches and members of our community. He taught all of us how to work hard and never quit. In short, Coach Miller made each of us a better person. His influence and life will never be forgotten.”

A PRP grad, Miller attended the University of Alabama, where he played one season of football for Bear Bryant before lettering in baseball the rest of his college career. He returned to his high school alma mater as an assistant baseball and football coach after graduating and was named the program’s second head coach in 1980, succeeding Bill Waddell, Nick’s grandfather.

Miller is survived by his wife, Vickie, and two children, son Matt and daughter Megan, who is in her 15th season as the head softball coach at PRP.

Bill led an amazing life and was a true pleasure to speak to and be around. He will definitely be missed by the Sporturf™ family.

SCG Fields Installs Multipurpose Soccer and Football Field in North Miami

Recently SCG Fields, LLC worked with North Miami Athletics to install a Sporturf™ multipurpose soccer and football field in Miami, Florida.  Officials from North Miami Athletics worked the SCG and Sporturf team to choose a color for the coaches’ boxes that would very closely match the newly resurfaced track.

The turf system that was selected consisted of Sporturf™ GameChanger paired with an alternative infill called Envirofill from US Greentech and a ProPlay shock pad from Schmitz Foam Products.  The entire project was purchased through our partnership with NJPA.

SCG Fields, LLC is a sports field specialty construction contractor that handles all phases of natural and synthetic turf jobs for professional, collegiate, and high school facilities, from excavation and sub base through installation and maintenance. They are one of the nation’s most trusted sources for superior quality construction of highly engineered natural grass and synthetic turf sports fields.  Sporturf is proud to team with top quality partners across North America for both indoor and outdoor projects. 

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.

Grants Pass All-Sports Park Soccer Field

Sporturf™ dealer Dale Collett of Synthetic Turf Consulting installed this soccer field for Grants Pass High School in Grants Pass, OR in 2017.  Dale and his crew utilized over 100,000 square feet of PowerHouse synthetic turf to complete this project, including prefabricated lines.

In the United States, Soccer is one of the most rapidly growing sports and around the world it is by far the most popular sport surpassing basketball and football. This is where the need for synthetic turf becomes paramount. Natural grass fields simply cannot withstand the constant play.

Sporturf has the ability to provide a FIFA quality product and our quality standards translate to a winning surface. We bring a complete solution to you and your team through comprehensive evaluation and understanding your needs.

PowerHouse, the turf installed on the 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

Introducing Lisa Plott as Sporturf™ Lead Generation Coordinator

Sporturf™ is growing again! As of January 2018, our former Lead Generation Coordinator, Demond Moore has moved into the Southeastern Regional Manager position making way for our newest team member Lisa Plott

Her past work experience includes 10 years with Mohawk Ind. as a Purchasing Assistant/Buyer, 11 years with J & J Industries as a Customer Service/National Accounts Coordinator and 3 years with Gordon Hospital’s Owasa Family Medicine as a medical office assistant.

Lisa joined Sporturf’s parent company, Controlled Products, in February 2016 as a Customer Service Representative and transferred to Sporturf™ as Lead Generation Coordinator in February 2018.

Lisa currently resides in Cohutta, GA with her husband Michael and has two sons , Dillon age 25 and Logan age 17.

 

Towson University Takes it to the Next Level with Combat Turf™

Sporturf dealer MasterCare Flooring recently install over 4,000 square feet of Sporturf’s Combat Turf™ at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.

Towson University reached out to MasterCare Flooring rep Rudy Higgins to help them with their Burdick Hall expansion. The university needed something strong and durable so they chose Combat Turf™. The 94,000 square feet Burdick expansion has taken some time to complete and after a three-year hiatus, it is finally complete and includes the following:

Features of the bigger, better Burdick Hall:

  • Two large, multi-purpose activity courts
  • A sprint hill and fitness stairs for interval training
  • Five studios for group fitness classes
  • A professionally designed ninja warrior style fitness course
  • A new outdoor adventure trip and education center with the re-opening of the 33-foot climbing wall
  • 22,000 square feet of fitness space for strength training with over 100 pieces of cardio equipment

About Combat Turf™

Combine the science of turf with the passion of athletics and your athletes will be quicker, stronger and better than ever with Combat Turf™.

At Sporturf™ we believe that in order to provide a product that will meet the strict requirements of today’s athletes it takes years of dedication and hard work. That is why we created our Combat Turf™ with the best products available.

Combat Turf™ has all the advantages of previous generations of turf but it performs even higher in wear and resistance tests. The blend of nylon and polyethylene is an almost perfect 50/50 combination.

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.

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.

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