AstroTurf Press Releases

SportGroup Holding Purchases AstroTurf, SYNLawn, and Associated Manufacturing Operations

Contact: Sydney Stahlbaum

Telephone: 512-423-5164

Email: sstahlbaum@astroturf.com / info@sportgroup-holding.com

 

Dalton, GA, June 28, 2016 – SportGroup Holding® announced today that it has agreed to purchase AstroTurf® and SYNlawn®, along with their associated manufacturing facilities. By adding AstroTurf and SYNlawn to its existing portfolio of companies and brands (which sportgroup jpg-01includes Polytan®, APT®, Melos®, Rekortan®, Laykold® and Poligras®), SportGroup is building one of the largest and highest quality outdoor sports surfacing companies in the world.

SportGroup, founded in 1969, is a global leader in artificial turf systems and running tracks, with a >€340 million annual turnover (2015) and around 1,000 employees. The company maintains production plants in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region and operates in more than 70 countries.  It has manufactured and installed more than 7,000 fields and 16,000 tracks.  It is a supplier of both fields and tracks to the Olympic Games, including Rio (2016).

The purchase provides SportGroup® direct access to North American athletic turf customers through AstroTurf, a proven American brand with a 50 year history.  SYNlawn® brings leadership and innovation to the rapidly expanding North American market for landscape and playground turf. AstroTurf® will play a leading role in SportGroup®’s go to market strategy for North America and beyond.

Frank Dittrich, Chief Executive Officer of SportGroup, elaborated, “AstroTurf is the missing puzzle piece that enables us to cater to North American athletic turf clients.  SYNLawn will make SportGroup one of the strongest players in the landscape turf market.  These brands add tremendous value to SportGroup and its future as one of the global leaders in outdoor sports surfacing.”

“We are eager to join SportGroup.  Together we are poised to continue our unprecedented growth,” said Heard Smith, Chief Operating Officer of AstroTurf and SYNlawn.  “The union of these brands ushers in the next era of sophisticated sports surfacing for today’s highly trained athletes.”

The acquisition by the SportGroup® forges a team of sports surfacing brands that is focused on introducing the most cutting edge technologies.  Together, the complementary brands offer more selections to clients, including:

  • More FIFA, FIH, and World Rugby-certified systems and pitches than ever before
  • Highly evolved American Football turf systems selections
  • Top-tier Olympic and World Cup field hockey surfaces
  • Industry-leading baseball and softball systems
  • More RootZone® products and installations than any other provider on the market
  • Legendary running track brands from APT Advanced Polymer Technology (APT), including Rekortan®
  • Largest and most efficient installation force worldwide
  • Leading EPDM rubber manufacturing from Melos
  • Leading tennis court surface systems from APT, including Laykold®
  • Most advanced “green” technologies from APT, including TuftGuard® and Qualipur® adhesives

AstroTurf® and SYNlawn® products will continue to be manufactured in the United States in fully vertically integrated, advanced manufacturing facilities.  In addition, all employees will remain with the organization, providing stability for clients and distributors.

 

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About SportGroup®:

SportGroup® is a worldwide market leader of outdoor sport and recreational surface systems. SportGroup® installs artificial turf fields and tracks and manufactures all system critical components in-house. SportGroup® has three main product groups (artificial turf, engineered surfaces including running track systems and playground as well as industrial products including adhesives and coatings through APT) used in a variety of applications. The business benefits from its unique system competence, leading technology and its unique global market position. For more information, visit www.sportgroup-holding.com and www.advpolytech.com.

 

 

About AstroTurf®

For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.  To learn more, visit www.astroturf.com.

 

 

About SYNLawn®:

SYNLawn® is the industry innovator on synthetic grass for landscape solutions. SYNLawn uses exclusive yarn technologies to produce unmatched solutions for synthetic landscape, golf, pet and playground systems. Engineered using BioCel™ technology, the EnviroLoc Backing System replaces a large portion of petroleum-based polymers with biobased polymers created from soybean plants (a renewable resource) for superior strength and dimensional stability. SYNLawn’s exclusive HeatBlock Technology lowers rising temperatures by reflecting sunlight, thus reducing heat build-up and thermal emissivity. SYNLawn’s grass products are 100-percent recyclable and boasts the only USDA certified, biobased artificial turf product in the industry. As a vertically integrated manufacturer and installer, SYNLawn offers customers the highest quality artificial grass products, a competitive price and the most genuine and longest manufacturer warranty of 15 years. With the company’s continued expansion, SYNLawn has 59 locations now open in the U.S. and Canada. To learn more, visit www.synlawn.com.

New Braunfels Finds the Right Fit with AstroTurf

New Braunfels, TX, June 6, 2016– The next time your child asks you where unicorns play, you can confidently tell her they play on AstroTurf®. That’s because the New Braunfels ISD awarded a bid for the new playing surface at Unicorn Stadium to AstroBuilders, who are now installing a state-of-the-art AstroTurf field.

New AstroTurf football field at New Braunfels, during installation

New AstroTurf football field at New Braunfels, during installation

The story began in 2008, when Unicorn Stadium received a new artificial turf field from another large synthetic turf manufacturer. That playing surface failed prematurely, and New Braunfels ISD was forced to take legal action due to warranty issues that weren’t resolved professionally.  In need of a new and reliable playing field for the stadium, the school district opened up a competitive bid which used a scorecard format to evaluate durability, safety and quality, as well as price. When the bidding process was concluded, the AstroTurf/AstroBuilders team had the highest rated proposal and was awarded the job.

“We conducted a thorough evaluation of the different turf manufacturers as part of this process,” said Jim Streety, Athletic Director for New Braunfels ISD. ”We chose AstroTurf because their product was highly rated, a great value, and because we knew from our research that they were a professional organization that would stand behind their product.”

Unicorn Stadium is currently being resurfaced with the new AstroTurf 3D3 synthetic turf system. The field features a large unicorn as its center-field logo.  The innovative design combines three separate fibers for exceptional performance.  For long-lasting aesthetics, AstroTurf 3D3 uses the High Micron monofilament fiber, which measures 365 microns thick, helping it to resist wear and tear and stand upright over time.  For durability, AstroTurf adds in slit film polyethylene fibers.  The 3D3 system also features AstroTurf’s RootZone® technology, a proprietary infill stabilization system invented, patented and improved upon by AstroTurf. This sub-layer of texturized fibers holds the infill in place, preventing compaction, splash, and migration. The result is a clean, consistent playing surface, which has garnered rave reviews for its performance, durability and safety.

The new field for Unicorn Stadium is another win for Jim Streety, one of the living legends of Texas High School Football. Streety is the 4th all-time winningest coach in Texas history, racking up 343 victories during his tenures at New Braunfels High School and San Antonio Madison. The Texas High School Football Hall of Fame inductee returned to New Braunfels as Athletic Director in 2014.

AstroBuilders, a Certified AstroTurf Installer, won the bid and is handling installation of the new AstroTurf surface at Unicorn Stadium. The field is currently being installed and is on track for completion over the next couple of weeks (weather permitting).

About AstroTurf

For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf has redefined the way the game is played. The company offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies, leveraging the industry’s most experienced team of turf professionals. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.  To learn more, visit www.astroturf.com.

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GROUNDBREAKING SCHEDULED FOR CUTTING EDGE ASTROTURF SYSTEM AT SMOKY MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL

Sylva, NC –Smoky Mountain High School, along with the Carolina Panthers, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, May 20th at 11:00 AM, to commemorate the installation of a new, state-of-the-art athletic field from AstroTurf®. The new playing surface is being paid for in part by a $200,000 grant provided by the Panthers. Field Rendering

Dr. Michael Murray, Superintendent of Jackson County Schools, said, “This AstroTurf system will expand field usage, providing more students access to a predictable playing surface. It will truly benefit the entire community.  Multiple groups will now be able to showcase their incredible talents!   We are thrilled that through the collaboration of a community that loves their children and the support of the NFL this awesome opportunity will be a reality for all of our kids.”

The playing surface will be a cutting edge synthetic turf field that combines a sophisticated fiber system with a unique alternative infill. This innovative new AstroTurf Golden Series DT field will be the first of its kind in the state of North Carolina.

The initial conception for this type of system was initially presented by Los Angeles County Rec and Park Department, and has since gained rapid ground across the state of California and is spreading to the rest of the country.  What makes the AstroTurf Golden Series DT product so distinctive is that it synthesizes several different advanced artificial turf technologies into one cohesive system. It begins from the bottom up with a specialized Brock pad for maximum shock attenuation and stability. The artificial turf itself is a combination of high density slit film fibers for durability, and a specialized version of AstroTurf’s patented RootZone® system, which bolsters the turf for improved structural integrity. The turf system is incredibly difficult to manufacture correctly, as it is four times denser than most products on the market.  The final piece is the infill, which is made up of sand and a unique product called ZeoFill, an organic mineral used in health food supplements and water filtration systems.  ZeoFill absorbs (but does not require) water, and it slowly releases the water to create an evaporative cooling effect.  All of these elements combine to deliver an exceptional playing surface engineered for high usage and consistent performance, all while eliminating the use of rubber.

Sports Construction Management, a Certified AstroTurf Distributor, will install the new synthetic turf field. Their team will also be in charge of the literal groundbreaking as they handle excavation, site work and installation of the stone drainage base. The new surface will measure 81,150 square feet.

About AstroTurf:

For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf has redefined the way the game is played. The company offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies, leveraging the industry’s first vertically integrated manufacturing system. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.  To learn more, visit www.astroturf.com.

 

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Christian Academy of Louisville Breaks New Ground with AstroTurf Golden Series

IMG_0296Louisville, KY — The Christian Academy of Louisville held a groundbreaking ceremony May 18th to kickoff installation of a new, state-of-the-art athletic field from AstroTurf®. The new playing surface at Centurion Stadium will be a cutting edge synthetic turf field that combines a sophisticated fiber system with a unique alternative infill. This innovative new AstroTurf Golden Series DT field will be the first of its kind in the state of Kentucky.

 

The initial conception for this type of system was initially presented by Los Angeles Rec and Parks Department, and has since gained rapid ground across the state of California and is spreading to the rest of the country. What makes the AstroTurf Golden Series DT product so distinctive is that it synthesizes several different advanced artificial turf technologies into one cohesive system. It begins from the bottom up with a specialized Brock pad for maximum shock attenuation and stability. The artificial turf itself is a combination of high density slit film fibers for durability, and a specialized version of AstroTurf’s patented RootZone® system, which bolsters the turf for improved structural integrity. The turf system is incredibly difficult to manufacture correctly, as it is four times denser than most products on the market. The final piece is the infill, which is made up of sand and a unique product called ZeoFill, an organic mineral used in health food supplements and water filtration systems. ZeoFill absorbs (but does not require) water, and it slowly releases the water to create an evaporative cooling effect. All of these elements combine to deliver an exceptional playing surface engineered for high usage and consistent performance, all while eliminating the use of rubber.

As the ChristianChristian Academy of Louisville Field Rendering Academy of Louisville began looking into an artificial turf field for Centurion Stadium, they were focused on demonstrating a commitment to excellence and player safety, as well as environmental sensitivity. The administration and athletic staff soon became interested in nontraditional systems without crumb rubber infill. After conducting extensive research, the school was interested in the AstroTurf Golden Series DT product. AstroTurf sent the CAL committee to Jesuit High School in the California to see just such a field, one that had been installed prior to the 2015 fall football season.

“The Golden Series DT field is a revolutionary product. Seeing it in person on our trip to California made a great impression on us all. This field will provide our students and visitors a high performing, safe surface for years to come,” said Athletic Director Brad Morgan.

“The groundbreaking is exciting for all of us who have been a part of this process,” said Steve French, Director of Facilities. “We think this new AstroTurf field is going to be an excellent surface for our students for years to come.”

Sports Construction Management, a Certified AstroTurf Partner, will install the new synthetic turf field. Their team will also be in charge of the literal groundbreaking as they handle excavation, site work and installation of the stone drainage base. The new surface that will replace the previous grass field will be lined for football, lacrosse and field hockey.

About AstroTurf
For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf has redefined the way the game is played. The company offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies, leveraging the industry’s first vertically integrated manufacturing system. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit www.astroturf.com.

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons Re-Up with AstroTurf

wake forest astroturf

Winston-Salem, NC, March 21, 2016– AstroTurf®, originators of the synthetic turf industry, will be resurfacing the field hockey pitch at Wake Forest University this spring.   The state-of-the-art synthetic turf field from AstroTurf will ensure an optimal playing surface when Wake Forest Field Hockey hosts both the ACC / Big Ten Challenge and the ACC Championship in 2016.

The new pitch at Kentner Stadium will be the AstroTurf 90 product, which combines the traditional knitted nylon top cloth with a 3/8th inch Armacell pad. AstroTurf fields have long been regarded as the unequivocal standard for field hockey performance and are the favorite among coaches and players alike for their playability, durability and low maintenance requirements. The knitted nylon surface is unique to AstroTurf and preferred because it provides tight tolerances, non-directional play and a uniform surface. It’s no wonder AstroTurf is recognized as the Official Artificial Surface Provider of both USA Field Hockey and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

“On behalf of the Wake Forest Athletic Department, Field Hockey is proud to announce AstroTurf as the official turf supplier of our world class facility at Kentner Stadium,” said Jennifer Averill, Head Field Hockey Coach. “AstroTurf continues to be recognized as a leader in our sport for playability. Hosting both the ACC / Big Ten Challenge and ACC Championship is a distinguished way to showcase our new state of the art facility and those who maintain it.”

Coach Averill will be heading into her 25th season at the helm for the Demon Deacons. Inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010, Averill has led Wake Forest to three national championships, five conference championships, and fifteen NCAA Tournament appearances.

Installation of the new pitch is slated for spring and will be a joint project of Sports Construction Management and AstroTurf. The new surface will replace an AstroTurf field that was installed in 2004 and lasted well beyond the industry standard of eight years.

For more information, contact Andy Belles, Director of Field Hockey, at abelles@astroturf.com.

About AstroTurf

For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf has redefined the way the game is played. The company offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.  To learn more, visit www.astroturf.com.

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ASTROTURF SELECTED AS OFFICIAL SYNTHETIC TURF OF THE NAIA

 

Naia selects AstroTurf

Kansas City, MO, March 3, 2016– AstroTurf, the iconic sports brand known for its pioneering spirit, is teaming up with the innovative leader of intercollegiate integrity. Following a rigorous vetting process, the National Intercollegiate Athletic Association has selected AstroTurf as the Official Synthetic Turf of the NAIA.

The NAIA’s selection of AstroTurf amounts to an exclusive partnership between the American artificial turf manufacturer and the athletic association, and represents an alignment of shared values regarding the positive impact of collegiate sports. Dan Harris, a member of the NAIA Hall-of-Fame for his outstanding service as Athletic Director at Baker University, will act as liaison between the two organizations. Mr. Harris has served as a sales consultant to AstroTurf since 2013.

“The NAIA is delighted to designate AstroTurf as the official turf of the NAIA,” said NAIA President Jim Carr. “Their innovative products and commitment to excellence will enable NAIA athletes to perform on safe and durable fields, thereby elevating the level of athletic competition among our teams.”

Dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics, the NAIA has served as the nation’s governing body of small athletic programs since 1937. The NAIA continuously promotes the values of fair competition, integrity and student-athlete success through initiatives such as Champions of Character, established in 2000. Providing athletic experiences for more than 65,000 student-athletes in over 200 member schools across 23 championship sports each year, the NAIA maintains proper balance with overall college educational experience.

“AstroTurf is an innovative company that has made great strides to advance the technology of artificial turf systems, resulting in better performance and safety for the athletes,” said Mr. Harris. “The character values of these two organizations align so closely making this partnership a great match.”

Founded in 1965, AstroTurf originated the synthetic turf industry and has spent the last fifty years developing new technologies and inventive designs to push the envelope of the artificial turf trade. Today AstroTurf offers a product line of dozens of customizable synthetic playing surfaces engineered for top-flight performance and safety with sport-specific playability.

About AstroTurf

For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf has redefined the way the game is played. The company offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.  To learn more, visit www.astroturf.com.

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AstroTurf Designated FIH Preferred Supplier

FIH Preferred Supplier

Lausanne, Switzerland—The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is pleased to confirm that AstroTurf has been appointed as an official FIH Preferred Supplier.

As part of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf, Preferred Suppliers manufacture hockey turf products and build hockey fields. Their service provision therefore allows customers to benefit from a one-stop approach to the construction of their new hockey field.

The Preferred Supplier designation is the highest honor in the FIH Quality Programme. In addition to meeting all the criteria of FIH Certified Manufacturers and Field Builders, AstroTurf has also demonstrated its commitment to working with the FIH around the world to provide high-quality hockey fields suitable for international, national, club and development hockey.

Only companies that are able to demonstrate their commitment to hockey are awarded this prestigious recognition. AstroTurf contributes to the development of hockey by working with the FIH to set the industry standards and build the fields needed to grow and sustain the game.

AstroTurf® has a long history of innovation and leadership in the hockey world. It’s the brand that changed the sport.  It invented turf in 1965, and AstroTurf has been the standard surface for elite hockey pitches since its first use at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.  Pam Hixon, former US Olympic Coach,  said, “Field hockey moved off grass and onto synthetic turf 40 years ago when we first played on AstroTurf.  It is no surprise that the FIH has now selected AstroTurf to be a Preferred Supplier.”

The Preferred Supplier initiative is part of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf which is aimed at ensuring good quality hockey fields are built for all levels of play, from elite level competition to community development.

This internationally recognised quality-assurance programme provides consistent and dependable industry standards for the performance, construction and durability of hockey turf installations worldwide and ensures the appropriate quality for the intended level of play. As a result it will help inspire more people to play hockey, promote player welfare and protect the investment of those funding hockey facilities.

This programme forms an integral part of the FIH’s Hockey Revolution, a 10-year strategy that aims to make hockey a global game that inspires the next generation. As part of the overall strategy a major initiative was launched to increase the degree of professionalism in hockey. The Quality Programme is one of the first results of this initiative.

 

For more information about this programme, visit the new on new Hockey Turf section of FIH website by clicking here.

About AstroTurf

For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf has redefined the way the game is played. The company offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of clubs, high schools, universities, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety.

About the International Hockey Federation (FIH)

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is the world governing body for the sport of hockey, recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Founded in 1924, FIH today has 132 member National Associations.

 

Safe Fields Alliance Issues Statement in Response to NBC Report

safe fields allianceNew York, NY, October 1, 2015 – Today the Safe Fields Alliance (“SFA”), a coalition dedicated to educating stakeholders around the safety of synthetic turf fields using crumb rubber, issued the following statement in response to the September 30th, 2015 NBC News report on this topic:

First and foremost, our sympathy goes out to the cancer patients and their families featured in the NBC report.  Nothing is more important than the safety and health of children.  That is why when making decisions related to children’s safety and health we have to look at the facts and the science, which in this case are extremely clear: synthetic turf fields using crumb rubber are safe.  Dozens of scientific studies, including peer-reviewed academic analyses and federal and state government reports, have all found no connection between these fields and cancer or other health issues.

When this issue was first raised in 2008, a number of studies were commissioned and the overwhelming majority of the scientific community was satisfied that the results showed no reason for concern.  As NBC notes in its report, “No research has linked crumb or shredded rubber to cancer.”