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2006-2007 Buyer's Guide Industry Biographies

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Surfacing

Child Safe Products
645 Broadway
Amityville, NY 11701
Phone: 631-841-0363
Fax: 631-841-0562

Child Safe poured-in-place safety surface is an advanced shock absorbing playground system. It is a soft, resilient surface that is tough enough to withstand even the most demanding playground enthusiast.

Kids love playing on the Child Safe Safety Surface indoors and out.

Practically maintenance-free, occasional rinsing with a garden hose or brushing with a stiff broom is all that’s needed to keep your surface looking new.

Child Safe surface meets or exceeds guidelines as set by the CPSC, the ASTM, and ADA standards and is a participant in IPEMA. It is also field tested and approved by various parks and housing authorities across the United States.

The poured-in-place feature allows for architectural freedom of design, and there is no need to remove existing equipment.

Dinoflex Manufacturing, Ltd.
5590 - 46th Ave. SE
P.O. Box 3309
Salmon Arm, BC V1E-4S1 Canada
Toll Free Tel: 877-713-1899
Toll Free Fax: 800-305-2109
Tel: 250-832-7780
Fax: 250-832-7788
Web: www.dinoflex.com
E-mail: [email protected]

DINOFLEX has manufactured rubber playground surfacing tiles since 1989.

Our primary commitment in the development of products for playground surfacing is to provide superior solutions for impact absorption. High-quality standards coupled with consistency in production yields some of the finest quality tiles on the market today.

DINOFLEX Playground Surfacing Tiles are made from 100 percent recycled tire rubber (black) and new EPDM rubber granules (to add color). Our unique, self-aligning interlocking system creates an easy and accurate installation with minimal maintenance. They turn playgrounds into accessible play areas that promote learning, creativity, interactive play, and above all FUN!

When you invest in your playground surfacing, choose the product with over 14 years of quality and service behind it.  Your children deserve the best!

Environmental Molding Concepts
1400A North H St.
San Bernardino, CA 92405
Phone: 888-836-2665
Phone: 909-383-7049
Fax: 909-383-7055
Web: www.emcmolding.com
E-mail: [email protected]

Environmental Molding Concepts (EMC) has been upgrading the appearance of playgrounds throughout the Americas since 1997. EMC prides itself on its quality of product and customer satisfaction and is constantly at the forefront of new testing and expanding its product line. EMC serves both residential and commercial markets throughout the nation and overseas including some of the largest playground companies in America–-some of which have been using EMC Kid Kushion Playground Safety tiles for years. EMC offers a range of fall heights and options with their product, along with this guarantee of safety and style, in every tile.

GT Impax Surfacing by GameTime
150 GameTime Dr.
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Phone: 800-235-2440
Fax: 256-845-9361
Web: www.gametime.com/gtimpax/safety_surfacing.asp
E-mail: [email protected]

GameTime is the name to trust for quality playground surfacing. As the leader in the playground industry for over 75 years, GameTime understands the importance of safety, durability, and versatility.

You’ll want to be sure that the company you choose has time-tested experience, and will be there in the future to answer your questions and stand behind its warranty. Don’t trust anything less than GameTime’s GT Impax Surfacing solutions. GT Impax features the largest national offering of the five industry-accepted surfacing materials, including engineered wood fiber, poured-in-place rubber, rubber tiles, bonded shredded rubber and loose fill rubber to meet all your surfacing needs. GameTime also carries a complete line of complementary products including drainage systems, geotextile fabric, wear mats, containment curbing, and access ramps.

Log on to the GT Impax website to find out more or call to request a current catalog.

Garick
13600 Broadway Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44125
Phone: 800-2GARICK
Fax: 216-581-7012
Web:www.garick.com/www.kidskarpet.com
E-mail: [email protected]

Garick is a leading distributor of natural resource products in the United States and Canada servicing the landscape, recreation, lawn, garden and construction industries.

With over 30 terminals and ports located throughout the Midwest and the Eastern United States, Garick has the capability to supply a complete range of products in bags, bales, bulk and super sakes utilizing barges, vessels, and railcars throughout the world.

Garick’s product lines include mulches, soils, Kids Karpet playground surfacing, natural and decorative stone, grower’s mixes, lightweight aggregates and bulk and bagged winter ice control products.

Geotechniques
28221 Beck Rd., Ste. A-1
Wixom, MI 48393
Phone: 800-762-1533
Fax: 248-344-7539
Web: www.geotechniques.com
E-mail: [email protected]

Geotechniques is a national distributor of Geotextiles and drainage products to the playground industry. Geotextiles are used to separate the surfacing material from the subgrade. This helps prevent soil particles from entering the surfacing material.

Terraflow Drain is a six-inch by one-inch fabric-wrapped composite drain placed under the playground surfacing, ensuring a dry, safe play area. To find out more, visit GeoTechniques online or call them today.

GoldenLook International, Inc.
3401 House Anderson Rd.
Euless, TX 76040
Phone: 817-540-3000 or 800-433-5397
Fax: 817-545-5600
Web: www.goldenlook.com
E-mail: [email protected]

The Flooring look of Tomorrow ... Today. GoldenLook offers new generation “green safe” technology in relation to its expansive realm of seamless safety surfacing solutions, waterproofing systems and flexible line of 100 percent solids polyurea.  

GoldenLook has a proven performance history, spanning over two decades. It is dedicated to “green safe” technology.  The SunFlex, along with flexible aliphatic polyureas and the expansive realm of other premium resurfacing systems, has set an impressive industry benchmark. SunFlex, a sustainable, slip/fall resistant, seamlessly applied, “non-porous” rubberized system, provides a healthy environment, meeting the sanitary surfacing criteria of the USDA & FDA. It is ideal for the aquatic facility, sports court and playground use (dry or continuously wet).

The SunFlex encapsulation process transforms aged “porous” granular rubber surfaces (which can harbor mold, mildew, algae, fungus, food particles, spilled drinks, etc. at and below the surface) into a “non-porous” sanitary one that will substantially reduce labor time, costs associated with cleaning solutions and sanitizers, and limit investments in specialty cleaning equipment.  Its new generation clear or pigmented flexible aliphatic polyurea can be used to reseal and restore aged granular rubber surfaces. The GoldenLook team understands that the first line of defense in risk management and loss prevention is to utilize high-performance solutions. Visit its website to learn more.

Grubble
Tierra Verde Industries
P.O. Box 279
Irvine, CA 92650-0279
Phone: 949-551-0363
Fax: 949-551-1532
Web: www.grubblellc.com

Tierra Verde Industries has developed a colored, loose granular rubber chip surfacing called Grubble and also Flex-O-Border curbing, which is designed to hold loose-fill particles. These safe, economical surface and border, which are also environmentally friendly since they are made of recycled off-road tires without steel belts, are both parts of a growing trend for creative use of recycled tires to solve the problem of landfills clogged with tires. They have become very popular among landscape architects, cities, schools and especially insurance companies who hold liability for school and city playgrounds. Because of its flexibility, children are at less risk for injury from a fall.

Installation is fast and easy and the surface helps minimize injuries as a result of more flexibility upon impact. You will also save on installation costs since Grubble is made so that it can be seeded over an existing playground surfacing without having to remove it to complete the installation.

The above-ground Rubber Flex Borders require no additional drainage system and are now available in black, red, green or brown. Tierra Verde’s also offers a guarantee on its products.

North West Rubber
33850 Industrial Ave. Abbotsford, BC
Canada V3S 7T9
Phone: 800-663-8724
Fax: 604-859-2009
Web: www.northwestrubber.com
E-mail: [email protected]

North West Rubber, in business since 1968, is a manufacturer and distributor of sheet rubber using ground rubber from tires vulcanized under pressure and heat. They are in the business of recycling rubber and selling their product lines throughout North America. One product line, PlayFall Safety Tiles, created from recycled rubber, provides optimum fall safety for kids’ play environments. PlayFALL Safety Tiles comply with ASTM F1292-04 tests, exceed ADA requirements and are available in a variety of thicknesses (1.75 to 3.25 inch) and colors.

Pebble-Flex, LLC
1 Field St.
Avon By The Sea, NJ 07717
Phone: 732-897-0444
Phone: 800-509-4144
Fax: 732-897-7676
Web: www.pebble-flex.com
E-mail: [email protected]

Pebble-Flex, LLC offers the latest technology in safety surfacing for playgrounds and water play.  Its breakthrough products are a unique blend of technology and practicality. Pebble-Flex Safety Surface goes far beyond the old poured-in-place EPDM rubber products both in performance and aesthetics.

Its new technology makes Pebble-Flex a truly UV light resistant material. Its vibrant colors resist chalking, fading and degradation as a result of exposure to the sun, thus extending the life of the surface. Its safety surfaces have been tested to meet ASTM drop height and skid resistance requirements.  

Jerry Saluti, a Ph.D. chemist with 30 years of experience in the plastics industry, and Bill McGrath, who has been in the surfacing industry for more than 20 years, have combined their expertise to manufacture, market and install the next generation of safety surfacing for playgrounds, water parks, and pool decks. The thermoplastic urethane pebbles combined with the aliphatic urethane binder forms a chemical bond which is extremely resistant to the degradation you so often see in older EPDM playground systems.

The team at Pebble-Flex continues to work with playground, water park and pool designers and installers to constantly improve their products. This past year Pebble-Flex has developed a new product called Aqua-Flex which is a non-porous material with all of the benefits of Pebble-Flex Safety Surfacing.   

The Pebble-Flex totally aliphatic system is the next generation in safety surfacing.

RB Rubber
Products, Inc.
904 NE. 10th Ave.
McMinnville, OR 97128
Phone: 503-472-4691
Fax: 503-434-4455
Web: www.rbrubber.com
E-mail: [email protected]

Bounce Back Safety Surfacing cushions are shock absorbing resilient rubber tile that provides long-term answers to safety while offering ADA accessibility.

Bounce Back is easily installed around playgrounds, diving boards, rock climbing walls or safety areas. It is available in four solid colors and 12 colored fleck combinations and fall heights from three to 10 feet.

RB Rubber Products, Inc. has been manufacturing premium rubber flooring and products since 1985. This quality surfacing is available in tiles, sheets, rolls or interlocking surfacing.

Sof’Solutions
P.O. Box 667
Draper, UT 84020
Phone: 801-523-2452
Fax: 888-763-3255
Web: www.sof-solutions.com

Sof’Solutions, Inc. is a company dedicated to providing the highest quality recreation surfacing solution for each play environment. Sof’Solutions, Inc. family of products contains:

Sof’Fall, a natural, virgin engineered wood fiber that exceeds IPEMA safety standards;

Sof’Shield, a unique two-layer safety surfacing system comprised of a recycled impact foam underlayment and a durable PVC top mat; Sof’Bounce engineered rubber nuggets; Sof’Splash innovative aqua surfacing mats, a uniquely designed interlocking surface for use around pools, splash parks, and wet areas.

Sof’Solutions is your solution for recreation surfacing. Wet, dry, indoor or outdoor, this company has you covered. Log on to its website or call them today for more information.

SofSURFACES, Inc.
4393 Discovery Ln.
Petrolia, ON N0N 1R0
Phone: 800-263-2363
Web: www.sofsurfaces.com
E-mail: [email protected]

SofTILE Kroslock has been developed, engineered and thoroughly tested to meet the demands of today’s most informed safety surfacing consumer. In 1993, SofSURFACES launched the industry’s first locking safety tile. In 1999, SofSURFACES pioneered radical design changes to become the first manufacturer to engineer durability into their product’s design. In 2006 SofSURFACES announced the industry’s first and only 10-year warranty for materials and workmanship and compliance with the latest fall protection standards.

For the first time, these innovations offered the discriminating consumer outstanding value for their safety surfacing investment.

Let them prove to you that SofSURFACES is the only company to combine these firsts into one outstanding value equation. They’re first in design, durability and in site performance warranties—SofTILE KrosLOCK, leaders in locking safety tiles.

Spectra Turf
505 E. Rincon St., #100
Corona, CA 92879, USA
Phone: 800-875-5788
Phone: 951-736-3579
Fax: 951-734-3630
Web: www.spectraturf.com
E-mail: [email protected]

SpectraTurf playground surfacing is designed for safety and fun. Available in a rainbow of colors, SpectraPour surfacing is a poured-in-place system and is available for playgrounds ranging from four-foot to 12-foot CFH. SpectraBound safety tiles are available in the popular two-foot by two-foot size in a variety of colors and surfaces. All systems meet ASTM F1292-99 for impact attenuation. Contact SpectraTurf for more information.

Sureplay International Rubber Surfacing
500 Hoiles Dr.
Kenilworth, NJ 07033
Phone: 888-272-7393
Fax: 908-241-7854
Web: www.sureplayinternational.com

Sureplay International Rubber Surfacing has been specializing in playground development since 1987.  It is a family-owned business that prides itself on building safe, beautiful and affordable playgrounds.

The specialty at Sureplay is safety surfacing, such as poured-in-place rubber surfacing. Its highly trained and professional installers travel throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico & Alaska. Current innovations have taken rubber surfacing to the next level. Sureplay International has a graphic design team which evaluates every project from an aesthetic standpoint. The “sky” is the limit at Sureplay, whether it is an ocean theme with fish and sand, or a sky full of stars and planets, or maybe a trike track to give the children the feeling that they are driving a car.  

Besides Sure plays surfacing looking great, it also serves the purpose of accessibility.  Every child needs and deserves to play. Federal obligation aside, we have a moral obligation to try and ensure that every child has the opportunity to approach and access all playgrounds. Sure plays poured-in-place rubber surfacing is the only alternative in surfacing that will allow unlimited mobility for the most challenged child. It levels the playing surface by eliminating the resistance that wood fiber or rubber mulch would place on a wheelchair or crutch.  

Another great aspect of Sure plays rubber safety surfacing is the fact that it reduces maintenance cost. Loose-fill surfaces, such as wood fiber and rubber mulch, tend to travel away from their designated areas and pose additional challenges to maintenance crews trying to keep the grounds as neat as possible. Over the years you will spend the same amount of money or more replenish the loose-fill, to ensure it meets the standards for depth, as you would on your initial cost of poured-in-place rubber surfacing.  

This brings us to the most serious issue, fall height. How can we ensure the safety of children when the safety surface they are playing on has a tendency to migrate and cause “peaks and valleys”? Only poured-in-place can provide consistent fall area protection.  Well installed poured-in-place rubber surfacing will provide the same protection years later, as it did the day it was installed.

Sureplay clients are entrusted with the safety and well being of the children in a particular school or community. Sureplay, in turn, is trusted to recommend the best the industry has to offer and provide proper guidance, design, and installation.

Surface America
P.O. Box 157
Williamsville, NY 14231
Phone: 800-999-0555
Fax: 716-204-0189
Web: www.surfaceamerica.com
E-mail: [email protected]

Since 1993, Surface America has helped schools, park districts, daycare facilities and commercial establishments such as amusement parks and hotels transform traditional playground areas into state-of-the-art play surfaces. Today, under the leadership of Jim Dobmeier, Surface America leads the playground industry with the complete line of sports and recreational surfacing systems. From athletic fields marketed under the A-Turf name, to playgrounds, gymnasiums and fitness centers, each surfacing system is designed to meet the highest safety and quality standards.

Surface America features three surface types for playgrounds— PlayBound Poured-In-Place, Tile and TurfTop with Infill—indoor recreational surfaces and fitness flooring, as well as synthetic grass athletic fields and synthetic lawns (marketed under the A-Turf name). By combining sound construction practices with skilled installation crews, Surface America incorporates the industry’s widest collection of recycled materials to create surfacing systems that are as attractive as they are durable. From the basic one color to an elaborate custom design, Surface America can meet your surfacing needs.

As an active member of the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) and the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA), Surface America builds safety into every system. Thickness can be modified on-site to meet varying critical fall heights within the playground and colors can be mixed and varied to complement playground equipment and playground settings. Each Surface America system is backed by the industry’s longest and strongest warranty.

Based in Cheektowaga, NY, Surface America credits its success to outstanding customer service, national installation capability, strong relationships with suppliers and a nationwide network of professional sales agents. For more information on Surface America’s surfacing products, log on to its website listed above.

SurfacePlay, Inc.
3253 Jean-Béraud, Laval, QC, Canada H7T 2L2
Phone: 800-773-0737
Phone: 450-978-2428
Fax: 450-682-1226
Web: www.surfaceplay.com
E-mail: [email protected]

Company profile: SurfacePlay, Inc. is the leading North American provider of long-term playground surfacing solutions called Durable Carpets. After 20 years of successful surfacing implementation in Europe and five years in Canada, the company is spreading into the U.S. market. Unlike playground surface products that are just safe and accessible, SurfacePlay Durable Carpets also offer an amusing solution and cost-effective surface designed for long-term use. The company’s website includes video clips and 3D animations to demonstrate the revolution of their surfacing solution.

Zeager Bros.
4000 E. Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
Phone: 800-346-8524
Fax: 717-944-7681
Web: www.zeager.com
E-mail: [email protected]

Zeager Bros., Inc. offers improved loose fill and unitary surfacing products for the playground industry. For example, Duradrain is an easy-to-install drain system that can be installed directly over subsoil or concrete, reducing the need to excavate. It gives more fall protection and slows decay. Woodcarpet Mats prevent holes in loose-fill surfacing without creating a tripping hazard. RECBASE is a recycled foam base used under unitary surfaces like Zeager’s Recmatrubber tiles or Zeager’s Recgrass artificial turf. These products are available all across North America. Be ready for life’s unexpected ups and downs.

PlayGuard Playground Safety Surfacing
715 Fountain Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17601
Phone: 800-851-4746
Fax: 717-295-3414
E-mail: [email protected]
Contact (for web): Mike Shaak
Web: www.playguardsurfacing.com

PlayGuard tiles offer the ultimate combination of durability, visual appeal and long-term piece of mind.

Its new patented polymeric ultra top color layer presents multiple design options and exceptional durability. It comes in 20 standard colors, with custom colors and logos available

The exclusive Quad Blok connector system offers ease of installation and added stability, and it is made in the U.S.A. from the highest quality recycled rubber. PlayGuard tiles are designed to meet stringent criteria under the LEED rating system.

Unity Surfacing Systems
Attn: Erick B. Prinz
56 Bloomingdale Rd.
Hickville, NY 11801
Toll Free: 877-41-UNITY
Phone: 516-933-3238
Fax: 516-933-3239
Web: www.surfacingsystems.com
E-mail: [email protected]

Unity Surfacing Systems manufactures many unitary, rubberized safety surfacing, flooring and paver products made from 100 percent recycled tires and rubber since 1987. These double tiles, mats, and blocks have a unique double interlocking system with bolt-down capabilities that is unmatched. The double panel allows a unique opportunity to stagger the seams in a “step and repeat” motion as if you were installing brickwork. The patented tongue and groove interlocking technology are designed to “snap and hook” into place to prevent product-to-product separation and curling.

These products come in a wide variety of colors and thicknesses to fit your indoor and outdoor needs. All of Unity’s products meet or exceed ADA, CPSC and ASTM safety guidelines. These products can be installed over almost any surfacing and are clean, and safe to use at all times. Unity offers very low maintenance costs, easy cleaning, consistent shock absorbency and good footing. It does not harbor foreign objects such as broken glass, nor does it displace during usage, thus creating low life-cycle costs and easy and inexpensive installation.

It is probably one of the only companies to receive, not only one but two grants from the government. If they have faith in Unity, you could too. You never know, you too may be eligible for a grant or funding as well.

Unity has over eleven different colors to choose from, including Black, Splash, Steel (Gray), Red, Green, Tan, Blue, White, Purple, Teal, Brown, and EPDM. The EPDM top offers clients thousands of coloring options when mixed to match any architectural theme.

Unity offers several different product lines to choose from Tough-Land, Pave-Land, Play-Land, Soft-Land and Rainbow-Land ranging from 5/8-inch to 4-inches thick. “Tough-Land” is our 1-inch thick solid top and bottom design. Then there is “Pave-Land” which is 1 1/2-inch and 1 3/4-inch thick with 1/2- and 3/4-inch cones underneath to make them a little softer. Then there is the “Play-Land” series which ranges from 2 1/4-inch to 2 3/4-inch thick that is even softer for up to a seven feet fall. The “Soft-Land” series range from 3-inch to 4-inch thick that can meet a 12-foot fall. And finally, there is the “Rainbow-Land” series, which is the newest member of the Unity family. It is loosely filled rubber mulch that has many applications from landscaping to playgrounds to as far as horse stalls and arenas.

Unity’s products have become a very popular solution for many surfacing, flooring, rooftop and wall applications, so don’t be left with using a product that is highly dependant on maintenance that will be costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars over the long hall. Stick with a product that will outlast you and the children.

Call today for a free sample and brochure. Unity has just become a member of the USGBC which allows architects and engineers to receive LEED points and credits when using its recycled products to help save the environment.

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