Judge Approves Astro Turf Sale

Stech, Katy (2016, August 15) Judge Approves $16 Million Astro Turf Sale. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from http://www.wsj.com/

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Judge Approves $16 Million AstroTurf Sale

Competitor APT Advanced Polymer Technology cleared to take over AstroTurf’s Georgia-based marketing operations

A bankruptcy judge has cleared a competitor of AstroTurf LLC to take over its Georgia-based marketing operations, which struggled after the company lost a $30 million patent dispute last year.

With his signature, Judge Paul Bonapfel approved the roughly $16.1 million sale agreement between AstroTurf and an affiliate of APT Advanced Polymer Technology Corp., a competitor based outside of Pittsburgh.

AstroTurf lawyers proposed to sell the Dalton, Ga., company, which markets and sells artificial turf products to university athletic departments and sports facilities, after putting its operations into chapter 11 protection on June 28.

The filing halted its legal battle with another competitor, FieldTurf USA Inc. FieldTurf officials accused AstroTurf of infringing on its patent for artificial turf products in a 2010 federal lawsuit. In October, a jury awarded $30 million in damages to FieldTurf.

“The patent litigation and adverse publicity regarding the verdict have caused substantial disruption to the business,” AstroTurf lawyers said in earlier documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Rome, Ga. “FieldTurf and [AstroTurf] compete almost daily for customers and new business, and the [company] believes that FieldTurf is using the patent litigation to deter potential customers from entering into contracts…for the purchase and installation of synthetic turf surfaces.”

The court-approved sale is part of a broader, $92.5 million deal that enables APT Advanced Polymer Technology to take over three AstroTurf-related businesses that haven’t filed for bankruptcy protection. That includes its research and development division and Synthetic Turf Resources, which manufactures the athletic turf.

The four businesses are owned by Textile Management Associates Inc., which holds a majority stake.

In court papers, AstroTurf called itself a “leading innovator” in the industry for synthetic turf, which was invented in 1964. Founded in 2003, AstroTurf became popular through sponsorship agreements it made with athletic conferences and sports organizations, enabling the company to pay an annual fee in exchange for the exposure.

AstroTurf officials said it relies on a network of sales people and distributors who negotiate the exclusive rights to sell AstroTurf products in a geographic area. AstroTurf itself employed 54 people at the time of the filing.

*The full article is available at http://www.wsj.com/articles/judge-approves-16-million-astroturf-sale-1471286131

 

AstroTurf and SYNLawn Brands Join APT and SportGroup

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APT Advanced Polymer Technology’s business as a member of SportGroup® has some exciting news:

After a period of remarkable growth, the time has come for the next chapter in the history of the SportGroup®, and indeed of the sports surfacing industry.  In order to complete the line-up of products and systems, the AstroTurf® and SYNLawn® brands will join the SportGroup. We will be able to truly support American clients as a full service provider of sport and recreation turf.

I have been employed with the SportGroup® since 2009, having had the privilege of serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of APT Advanced Polymer Technology Corp. in Harmony, Pennsylvania.  Over the last several years, I have witnessed an unparalleled growth in the sport surfacing market, especially the athletic sport turf and landscape turf segments. It has been extremely gratifying to see the hard work of our and AstroTurf’s sales, installation and R&D teams pay off and to be able to finally join forces to become the quality leader in America.

This acquisition comes at the right time and will create one of the largest outdoor sports surfacing companies in the world. Not only that, it forges a team of dedicated sports surfacing brands that is focused on introducing the most cutting edge technologies.  Together, the complementary brands offer more selections to clients, including:

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  • 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

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. Its leading core companies include Polytan®, APT®, Melos®, with brands like Rekortan®, Spurtan®, GridIron®, LigaTurf®, Supergrasse®, Poligras®, Dynapoint® and Laykold®.

The union of these global brands will usher in the next era of sophisticated sports surfacing for today’s highly trained athletes.

We look forward to all this partnership has in store! As always, our sales reps across the country and our team in Harmony, Pennsylvania and the new team in Dalton, Georgia, are available to answer any questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact your regional representative or Sydney Stahlbaum at 512-423-5164/ sstahlbaum@astroturf.com for more information.

Sincerely,

Andreas M. Schulze Ising

President/CEO

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Record Setting Penn Relays on Rekortan Track Surface

The 2016 Penn Relays held at Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania on April 28 – 30 were the first run on the new Rekortan track. Speed was expected and the relays did not disappoint. Several records and bests were set on the new Rekortan track surface, in spite of difficult wind and weather conditions. Although the focus was on the “USA vs. The World” and “Championship of America” events on Saturday, a world record by Ida Keeling, age 100 stole the show.

Here’s a list of the highlights of accomplishments achieved by high school, college and Olympic-development athletes on the Rekortan “Powered by Speed” track at Franklin Field:

  •  Ida Keeling, competing in the Masters Mixed 100m Dash in the 80 and older category set a new world mark for a runner 100 or older with a time of 1:17.33. You can watch the video of her run here: bit.ly/idawr100
  • The Shenendehowa High School 4×800 meter relay team set a Penn Relays record by over 2 seconds.
  • The Kingston College (from East Kingston, Jamaica) 4×100 Championship of America team won while tying last year’s Penn Relays record for High School Boys, with a time of 39.63.
  • Obrien Wasome of Kingston College beat Sanya Owolabi’s 1978 Penn Relays record in Triple Jump with a 16.01-meter jump.
  • The US won 5 of 6 in the “US vs. The World” competions. Jamaica won the Men’s 4x100m relay, the U.S. team won the Women’s 4x100m relay and the Men’s and Women’s 4x200m and 4x400m relays.
  • The University of Pennsylvania, the “home team” which runs on Franklin Field where the Penn Relays are held, won the Men’s 4xMile relay, its first win at the event since 1974.
  • Penn State University scored big with over a dozen top-3 finishes across the track and field competitions. Highlights for the Nittany Lions included wins in the Men’s 4×800 and Distance Medley events.
  • The University of Tennessee women’s distance relay team won three races for the second consecutive year – the distance medley, 4x1500m and 4x800m.  

The Rekortan® Track System creates world-class polyurethane running tracks that are unmatched in quality and performance. Known since its debut in 1969 as the fast track, Rekortan continues a tradition of excellence, supplying the most technologically advanced running surfaces in the world, used at international, collegiate and scholastic venues. An IAAF approved product, Rekortans innovative design increases force reduction, resists UV degradation and provides excellent all-weather performance. For more information, visit the Rekortan page on this site.

These are just some of the highlights from the Penn Relays run on the new Rekortan track surface. For more information on the Penn Relays visit thepennrelays.com.

Action from the 2016 Penn Relays at Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania, April 28 – 30.

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First Rekortan G13 Installation in the USA – Shorter University

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ROME, Ga. – As the Shorter track program continues to evolve into becoming one of the top NCAA Division II teams, it has now become the first in the nation that will run on a new state-of-the-art surfaces.

Thanks to Advanced Polymer Technology, a German-engineered synthetic Running Track & Artificial Turf Manufacturing company, and Gary Wilson, Director of Sales Americas/Turf & Track Divisions for APT Sports, Shorter and Rome has been chosen to receive the first installation in the United State of the Rekortan G 13 Gel track surface at a new 40-meter warm-up area beside the John Maddox Track at Barron Stadium and a javelin runway pad at the Riverside Throws Center.

“It’s the most advanced track system in the world and we are so thankful to APT and Gary Wilson for picking Shorter and Rome to be the first in the country to have it,” Shorter Director of Track Scott Byrd said.

“As the technology continues to improve,” the coach said, “you want something to perform on as best as you can, to train on and to remain healthy. This system does just that.”

“I wanted to introduce Rekortan G 13 to the United States by its first installation for the Shorter University’s nationally-renowned track and field program,” said Wilson, who pointed out that the system was developed for high-end track stadiums primarily in Europe. “Coach Byrd is an innovator of specialized training and we thought Baron Stadium would be the best location for our introduction.”

The new surface will see its first action in two weeks when Shorter hosts the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championships on May 13-14.

“We are greatly indebted to APT, Rekortan and Gary Wilson for their contribution to Shorter University and the city of Rome,” Shorter Director of Athletics Kim Graham said. “The installation of the warm up lanes at Barron Stadium and the runway at the Throws Center will enhance both venues.

Chemically designed with a unique Gel layer made from environmentally friendly, renewable materials and Polyurethane to provide the best shock absorption and energy return stability in the industry, Rekortan G 13 – it is IAAF certified – is a tight dense matrix of natural EPDM rubber designed for the Olympic caliber sprinter and increases force reduction, resists UV degradation and provides excellent all-weather performance.

APT has developed high performance surfacing systems for every sport from professional to Olympic-level fields in hockey, soccer, football, tennis and running and track and field.

Rekortan has been the official surface of the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia since 1988 and following the 2015 event at Franklin Field a decision was made by the University of Pennsylvania to perform a complete track renovation and a new Rekortan surface will be in place for this year’s Relays on April 28-30.

“We wanted Shorter University to have a hand in it,” Wilson said. “Coach Byrd is well-known in the track world. This will serve him well to do what he does best.”

 

Laykold at the Biltmore Tennis Center

APT and Laykold are proud to show off the new Laykold Dark Blue and Medium Green ColorCoat courts at the Biltmore Tennis Center, in Coral Gables FL. The courts were originally built by Team Laykold partner Agile Courts Construction Company back in the late 1970’s. The facility won the USTA court of the year for a public facility in 1981. Prior to this February 2016 resurfacing, the courts have only been resurfaced twice with Laykold. That’s an average of 12 years per surfacing! Laykold provides incredible results even in the demanding climate of south Florida.

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Olympic Track Coach Discusses Rekortan Track Surface

Harvey Glance knows track and the surfaces on which the sport runs. A three-time Olympian and coach of the 2012 400m Olympic champion, Harvey sat down recently with Gary Wilson of Advanced Polymer Technology to discuss Rekortan, the track surface “powered by speed.” The resulting video covers issues related to training and racing, and how track surface can make a difference. Backdrop for the discussion is Rekortan’s recent resurfacing of the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field track, home of the Penn Relays. The video is available on YouTube and on APT Sports’ home page www.sportsbyapt.com

Harvey Glance“Today’s athlete needs not only shock absorption, which most people hear about, but also energy return,” said Harvey Glance. “You’ve got to give back to the body. Once your foot goes down, you have to have more energy back into the body which gives you the ability to compete and train at a better rate.”

The Rekortan track at Franklin Field will be used through the spring track season, highlighted by the Penn Relays in April. The Relays attract elite racers from around the world.

For more information about training issues and how the surface matters, follow APT Sports on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin as the spring season approaches. Information about training issues as well as how track surfaces affect athletes will be shared, plus a countdown to the Relays in April.

The Rekortan® Track System creates world-class polyurethane running tracks that are unmatched in quality and performance. Known since its debut in 1969 as “the fast track”, Rekortan continues a tradition of excellence, supplying the most technologically advanced running surfaces in the world, used at international, collegiate and scholastic venues. An IAAF approved product, Rekortan’s innovative design increases force reduction, resists UV degradation and provides excellent all-weather performance.

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Picture Perfect

The Mutitjulu Community can now enjoy multi-sports with the stunning view of Ayres Rock in the background.

500m2 of dual coloured Laykold surface has catapulted the extremely weathered bare asphalt tennis court at Uluru into the 21st Century. Thanks to NT Sports & Playground Surfacing, who installed the Mutitjulu Community with their new multi-sports court with line marking and equipment for basketball and tennis.

The original court was initially ground back and 2 coats of Laykold base coat was applied to fill the deep voids and cracks in the old, extremely weathered court. A layer of asphalt transformer was applied, followed by 2 additional coats of Laykold top coat.

Laykold’s hard wearing qualities, bright colours and reduced slip texture make it the perfect choice for the extreme environment of the Northern Territory outback.

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Brightening Up Redcliffe Primary School

Westcoast Synthetic Surfacing has brightened up the school day and made playtime more enjoyable for the kids at Redcliffe Primary School WA, by resurfacing the quadrangle with our highly durable & colourful Laykold surface.

The old badly cracked, bare & uneven asphalt was ground right back, primed with Base Coat and a reinforcing membrane applied to cover the extensive cracks. 2 coats of Resurfacer and a further 2 top coats of Laykold in dual colours to finalise the transformation from drab to fab!

Colourful line marking has enabled this hard-wearing area to be utilised for a variety of sports, and after installing new dual purpose goal posts, the project was ready for the rigorous demands of the Redcliffe Primary School cohort.

The anti-slip properties of the Laykold surface mean that students can safely utilise the area in both wet & dry weather – no mess, no worries.

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Anyone for Tennis? 10 New Courts await at Mt Lawley, WA

Known for being one of the greatest tennis clubs in Perth, Mt Lawley has continued to be the club to play at by re-designing their hard-courts, and surfacing with the new Laykold Colorflex sports surface system installed by Westcoast Synthetic Surfacing.

This popular surface is ITF classified, slip-resistant, UV tolerant and has proven increased usage at the club. The 10 new Laykold courts compliment their 14 natural grass tennis courts.

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Installation by West Coast Synthetic

Installation by West Coast Synthetic

APT Partners With U.S. Soccer Foundation

APT is proud to announce a new partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

Many urban areas across the country lack both space and a safe environment for children to play outside. The U.S. Soccer Foundation provides grants to organizations to help them build or enhance field space within their communities. To date, the foundation has helped to create over 1,100 safe places for children nationwide.

APT (Advanced Polymer Technology ) has teamed up with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to help build on this momentum. Over the next five years, APT’s Laykold Masters acrylic surfacing system will be the official surface of an estimated 500 mini-pitches to be constructed nationwide. Laykold Masters partner, Ace Surfaces of Altamonte Springs FL, has been an instrumental part in bringing APT and U.S. Soccer Foundation together and will facilitate the construction of this nationwide project.

APT is a global leader in high performance sports surfaces. From Olympic stadiums to your own backyard, APT provides people around the world with safe, reliable, performance enhancing surfaces.

For more information on APT’s Laykold Masters, please click here.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation serves as the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States. The Foundation is a leader in sports-based youth development and is using soccer as a vehicle for social change among youth in urban areas.

For more information about the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the various programs that they offer, please visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org .

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