Manluk Global Manufacturing Indoor Soccer Complex

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STI Featured Application: Synthetic Turf of Canada’s Manluk Global Manufacturing Indoor Soccer Complex in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada was completed and installed earlier this year

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This week’s featured application comes to us from our neighbors to the north, STI Canada.  This is the Manluk Global Manufacturing Indoor Soccer Complex in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.  The field was manufactured here in Dalton, by our AquaFab department.  The turf is our AT 740 over a 5MM foam padding, with velcro seams attached. The field is divided into nine separate panels.  The velcro makes the field portable, as it can be picked up and put down again and again.

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The field measures 104 feet long and 96 feet wide.  It is lined so that a divider can be place across the center line to create two smaller fields.

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Because of the portability of the field, it can be moved to different locations and used for events outside of soccer.

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Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World.

Need Synthetic Turf For Your Trade Show Booth? STI Has Got You Covered

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Do you need synthetic turf for your trade show booth in 2015?   Contact Synthetic Turf International today to experience a greener world in your booth.

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Over the past several weeks, the folks at STI have been walking quite a few trade shows, and noticed a common link between many of the show exhibitors, synthetic turf.

In many cases, planners and designers are already working on their trade show booths for 2015.  For those exhibitors looking to implement synthetic turf into their booth design, Synthetic Turf International would love to be your turf provider.

Combining its years of experience with unmatched quality and service, Synthetic Turf International has remained as the leader in residential synthetic turf market by consistently prodicing and providing the absolute best products and installation available.

You can expect the same commitment to superior quality and top-notch service when we assist your company with a custom booth design, and any other synthetic turf needs you or your company may have for 2015 and beyond.

The possibilities and applications are endless with STI.  We have found through our many years supplying trade show exhibitors thatmany prefer a natural landscape style of turf, which lends the feel and appearance of natural grass.  Or, you may prefer a putting green to draw prospective customers and attendees into your booth.

Whatever the design, Synthetic Turf International can provide a solution that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.

The view from above the Callaway Tank Putting Green, the most photographed and visited booth at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World and a greener trade show booth.

Hardscapes North America and Green Industry and Equipment Expo

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STI paid a brief visit to the Hardscapes North America and Green Industry and Equipment Expo last week in Louisville, Kentucky

 

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Last week, the folks at STI visited the Hardscapes North America and Green Industry and Equipment Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.  In the two combined shows, more than 750 exhibitors showcased the latest and best new products in hardscapes, lawn and garden tools and equipment, landscape maintenance, outdoor leisure, rental lines and outdoor power equipment.

This year’s show marked the seventh anniversary of HNA, which is one of the largest hardscape industry trade shows in the world, with an estimated 17,000 hardscape and landscape contractors and distributors attendees from all over North America and the world.  The shows covered more than 1,000,000 square feet, including the 642,000 square feet outdoor demonstration area, where heavy equipment and product demonstrations were happening throughout the show.

The event also displayed the latest technology in water features and displays and outdoor lighting.

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The large outdoor demonstration area hosted workshops for beginners to learn the basics of building a backyard fire pit and an interlocking paver installation, presented by industry professionals.

The outdoor demonstration area also featured several hardscape construction competitions.  Competitors would race against the clock, to complete paver projects.  This competition wasn’t for the average do-it-yourselfer.  Every entrant in the competition was a professionally certified paver installer.  Throughout the two day event, the competitors completed various paver and retaining wall projects.

Visitors could also demo the equipment found outside, from operating a front end loader to cutting wood with a chainsaw.

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HNA was also a great place to earn Continuing Education Credits and certifications.  There were several workshops and seminars where landscape contractors could learn new techniques for installations.  HNA also featured several conferences, allowing contractors to discuss everything from ways to help grow their business and market their brand to the best methods for increasing efficiency on the jobsite.

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Of course there was plenty of entertainment in Louisville.  Fourth Street Live is a dining and entertainment district near downtown Louisville, where nightly free concerts were held.  Montgomery Gentry was the headliner the first night.  The Crashers and Jamie Lynn Spears played the second night before Olivia Henken and Josh Logan, finalists on NBC’s The Voice closed out the week.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World.

The New Immanuel Lutheran School Swingset Playground is a Hit in Idaho

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STI Featured Application: The Immanuel Lutheran School Swingset Playground was recently completed by Jason and Hailey Barnes with Final Cut Synthetic Turf in Twin falls, Idaho

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It’s really neat to see the difference synthetic turf is making in providing a safer, cleaner and in most cases greener world.  This week’s Featured Application is no exception.  The fine folks at Final Cut Synthetic Turf went to work to install and upgrade the swingset space at Immanuel Lutheran School, and succeeded in every way.

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The old surface was a simple pea gravel space that was overgrown with weeds and patches of dirt.  Parents were complaining that their children would bring home pebbles in their shoes and pockets from this playground area.  And after it rained, there was no swinging as recess was either indoors, or confined to the blacktop area due the muddy mess.

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The Final Cut crew first smoothed out the existing surface and framed the area for concrete.  Once the concrete perimeter was poured, a layer of stone dust was added and compacted before the playground pad was installed. Finally, the turf was laid, and infilled with sand.

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The turf has been a great addition because it’s ADA compliant and provides a better critical fall height than the old surface (so it’s safer), there’s no more dirt and pesky pebbles (so it’s cleaner), there’s no more mud after rainy days (which makes the kids happy) and it’s maintenance free and stays green all year.

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“This has been an incredible transformation that will be appreciated by all parents that have found rocks in their washers from the previous pea graveled surface. This surface is now ADA compliant and meets an 8 foot fall height,” said Hailey Barnes with Final Cut Synthetic Turf, who added, “It is beautiful and extremely comfortable to walk on. We like to think that we have created a surface to safely swing and to practice gymnastics! Thank you Immanuel Lutheran, this was a fantastic project and you were a wonderful client!”

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World and a cleaner, maintenance free playground.

National Recreation and Parks Association Annual Congress

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STI paid a brief visit to the National Recreation and Parks Association Annual Congress  Trade Show Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Last week, Synthetic Turf International visited the National Recreation and Parks Association Annual Congress trade show in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Equipment manufacturers from all over the world made the trip to showcase the best and brightest new products to facilities managers and parks and recreation directors from all across the U.S.

There were over 450 booths at the NRPA Congress, featuring playground equipment, outdoor exercise equipment, water testing products, athletic equipment and just about anything else one could imagine.  There were also several universities present, answering questions and providing information on the many programs they offer related to therapeutic and leisure studies.

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In addition to visiting the many hundreds of booths around the convention center, visitors can earn Continuing Education Unit credits by attending any of the more than 400 seminars and lectures offered on topics ranging from eliminating childhood obesity to the economic impact of frisbee golf, and everything in between.

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The event was kicked off with a golf outing at The Tradition Golf Course in Charlotte on Monday afternoon.  Tuesday featured a NASCAR themed tailgate party before a more formal reception at the neighboring NASCAR Hall of Fame. Wednesday night featured a Quiz Bowl, where students from across the country competed, followed by a movie night outdoors on the terrace of the convention center.

On Thursday, attendees were invited to take part in a 5K Run/Walk along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, and the Congress concluded with a Closing Reception in the Crown ballroom at the convention center.

The 2015 National Recreation and Parks Association Annual Congress will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada and will mark the trade show’s 50th Anniversary.  STI has plans to exhibit at the show next year.  The dates are September 15-17.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World and a cleaner, maintenance free playground..

Backyard Transformation Complete Thanks to Synthetic Turf Innovations

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STI Featured Application: Arvo Pikkaranien and the folks at Synthetic Turf Innovations completely transformed this small backyard eyesore into an attractive outdoor space

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Synthetic turf can create a stunning backyard transformation in the right hands.

The picture above is a small backyard in suburban Columbus, Ohio before Arvo Pikkaranien and his crew began working.  It was a weed-infested space with no appeal.  The homeowner was having a tough time getting grass to grow evenly.

Every time it rained, the space became a muddy mess.  Plus, getting the lawnmower back there was always difficult because the area is completely enclosed.

So Arvo and his crew at Synthetic Turf Innovations went to work designing an application that was cleaner, greener and required little to no maintenance.

Now the homeowner won’t have to worry about dragging the lawnmower into the backyard, and the space is clean and safe for children and pets.

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Not to mention, the space is much more appealing.  This doesn’t even look like the same backyard.

The crew installed a nice paver patio area right outside the house, leading into the small courtyard area.  Turf was applied and lined on three sides by a mulched bed, where a variety of plants and flowers were planted.  Finally, the crew pruned back a few trees in the back right corner.

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The homeowner is thrilled with the new look, and can’t wait to entertain friends and family.

Great work, Arvo.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World and a maintenance free lawn and landscape.

Synthetic Turf Over the Years in Baseball’s Postseason

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With the Major League Baseball Playoffs set to begin tonight in Kansas City, STI is here to provide a few fun facts about synthetic turf  over the years in baseball’s postseason

 

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It’s one of our favorite times of the year, when the weather is cooling off, the leaves are starting to turn colors, football season is in full swing, and of course the playoffs begin in Major League Baseball.  So to commemorate this year’s postseason, which begins tonight in Kansas City as the Royals host the Oakland A’s, we thought it would be nice to pass on a few fun facts about the long history of synthetic turf over the years in baseball’s postseason.

  • Since the very first synthetic turf field was introduced in the Houston Astrodome in 1966 (above), at least one playoff participant has played their home games on synthetic turf every year, except for seven seasons (including 2014).
  • The very first playoff game on synthetic turf was played on October 3, 1970 between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.
  • The same 1970 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was also the first playoff series played entirely on synthetic turf.
  • The Reds were the first team to host a World Series game on synthetic turf, when they played the Baltimore Orioles in the 1970 Fall Classic.
  • The first night game in World Series history was played on synthetic turf  in 1971 at Three Rivers Stadium in between the Pirates and the Orioles.
  • It wasn’t until 1980 that every game of the World Series was played on synthetic turf.  The Philadelphia Phillies and the Kansas City Royals met in that Fall Classic, which also marked the first time that the final out of the World Series was made on synthetic turf.
  • The 1985 American League Championship Series was the first ALCS where all seven games were played on synthetic turf.  It also saw the first Game Seven played on synthetic turf.
  • The 1985 World Series was the first seven game Fall Classic played on synthetic turf.
  • The Minnesota Twins hosted Game One of the 1987 World Series, which was the first ever indoor World Series game, and also the first to be played on synthetic turf.
  • The 1993 World Series between the Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays was the last World Series to be played entirely on synthetic turf.
  • Game Two of the 2008 World Series in Tampa was the last Fall Classic game to be played on synthetic turf.
  • The Cincinnati Reds have the best playoff record on synthetic turf, boasting a 24-11 mark all-time.  Minnesota has the best American League playoff record on synthetic turf at 16-12.
  • The Twins were unbeaten at home on first generation turf, which required no infill and was composed of short pile fibers.  Talk about a home field advantage.
  • While there have been several years where three teams in the playoffs played home games on synthetic turf, there has never been a year in which every playoff team did.
  • Currently only two Major League teams play home games on synthetic turf, the Tampa bay rays and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hopefully your favorite team is in this postseason.  Even if there is no synthetic turf this year, it’s going to be fun to watch the 2014 Major League Baseball Playoffs.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World.

Bavarian Inn Lodge Debuts a New Putt-Putt Course

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STI Featured Application: Jim Petrarca brings us an indoor putt-putt course at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, Michigan

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Guests and visitors at the Bavarian Inn Lodge have a new place to play thanks to Jim Petrarca and the folks at STI Great Lakes. The Lodge recently completed an entire facelift of its popular “Willy’s Kingdom” 18-hole mini-golf course, with new colors, features, and a whole lot more.

The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in Michigan’s No. 1 tourist attraction – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel. The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two water slides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof.

Guests can also enjoy live, year round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows.

Located inside the Lodge’s sprawling 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center, the mini-golf course now sports new turf in a variety of colors, together with new foliage, décor, and lighting. The lighting improvements include three new LED-illuminated trees, each glowing with 5,000 lights. The largest of the trees, standing 20 foot tall, regularly changes colors to further delight indoor golfers.

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“Renovation of the course began in April and was just completed last month,” said Martha Zehnder Keller, Bavarian Inn Lodge vice president of sales and marketing. “We were able to make all of the upgrades gradually during the busy summer months in order to keep the course open for our guests.”

She added that in the short time the course remodeling was completed, the Lodge has received many positive comments from guests about the improvements. “The course offers a fun and relaxing golfing experience for youngsters and grown-ups, and a great way for couples and families to spend time together,” she added.

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After their round, mini-golfers can catch some “19th hole” fun, food and relaxation at the Family Fun Center’s Rathskeller lounge and restaurant, which offers cafeteria-style dining from morning to night, plus a full-service lounge featuring more than 70 beers and malt beverages, and weekend karaoke.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World.

The Unknown Benefits of Synthetic Turf

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This piece comes from our Northern counterparts with STI Canada about the unknown benefits of synthetic turf

 

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We often hear people talk about the usual benefits of synthetic turf; we know that it requires low maintenance, no water and provides a soft, safe, and allergen-free area for children and pets.

What we don’t hear about very often though, is the fact that bacteria can’t survive in synthetic turf products, and the benefits of that. One of our very own sales representatives has a story about that.

This gentleman, much like all of us, likes to spend his summers outdoors and around his home, and with this comes the typical household chores. Last summer this young man (in his mid-30’s) became ill. He began experiencing flu-like symptoms, but they were lasting for far too long.

He then started to go blind in one eye.

The doctors didn’t know what was wrong. He was only in his thirties, kept a typical healthy lifestyle, and they didn’t see any red flags. They then discovered he had contracted Toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease which lives in organic materials or on host animals.

Toxoplasmosis can infect most warm-blooded animals, including humans, though the primary host is the cat family. The most significant risks come through contamination of raw meat, hands, and from animals. Up to one third of the world’s population is estimated to be carrying the infection.

For some, they will never even know they are carrying it and it will never make them ill. Those with weakened immune systems have a greater chance of becoming severely ill, and it can occasionally be fatal. This parasite can cause an inflammation of the brain, neurological diseases, and can affect all major organs.

In this gentleman’s case, the infection had spread to his eye, leading to him losing his eye.

The doctor assumed he picked up the infection by cutting his lawn, handling the grass clippings, then touching his mouth, nose or eyes. The infection then quickly spread to his eye and caused him to lose it. Due to his life-changing experience last year, this man decided to make some changes.

Once he learned bacteria can’t survive on synthetic turf, he wanted to make the switch as one of his ways to protect himself and his family from any future harm. He is now a synthetic turf sales representative and promotes all it has to offer. His goal is to educate people to prevent anyone else having this happen to them and get the word out.

As one of his efforts to protect his and all other children, he began promoting the Playground Turf.

Children are much more likely to play in the dirt and pick up bacteria on their hands, which then spreads very quickly through those little bundles of energy. The safe recreation surface is ADA/ABA compliant and consistent with all CPSC requirements. It exceeds national safety standards and is ASTM certified.

The surface is soft and safe for kids with fall zone safety ratings to 12’. Not to mention, this surface provides a lush, grassy, play area which is inviting for children. Facility owners and parents alike, never again have to worry about exposure or contact with harsh chemicals found in pesticides and fertilizers.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World and an allergen-free play area.

The Ko’olani Luxury Condominium Putting Course

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 STI Featured Application: Ko’olani Putting Course installed by Rory Otto and the folks at NyLawn in Hawaii

 

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This week’s featured application comes to us all the way from beautiful Hawaii.  Rory Otto and the folks at NyLawn recently completed the Ko’olani Luxury Condominium putting course in Honolulu.

The development is only minutes away from Waikiki Beach and downtown Honolulu and just across the street from Ala Moana Beach park.  The views of the Pacific Ocean are incredible.

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The putting course has 18 holes spread out over seven greens.   The course is part of a long list of amenities, which include the tennis courts visible above, a swimming pool, a spa, a DVD viewing theater and lots of conference space.  Of course, the surrounding scenery isn’t too shabby, either.

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The script on the installation was installed by Rory’s crew on site using the same turf product as they used for the “water” hazard.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World.