Pulastic to the Rescue at Millersville University

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The Challenge:

After just five short years, Millersville University was experiencing a floor failure in their 22,000 sq ft fitness center at the Student Memorial Center. The large multi-purpose area is used for sporting events, fairs, assemblies, and other events that also require the use of tables and chairs. The linoleum floor that was installed five years earlier was not only breaking down at the seams, it was also becoming a safety and tripping hazard for athletes due to warping and seam separation. We talked to Sara Burcin, SMC Fitness Center Manager, about her experience and the struggles they faced with the failure of the floor “The problems were mostly with the steel plates beneath the linoleum. We found that rolling big carts, stages, and chairs and tables over it would warp the floor and it never bounced back. It was in pretty poor shape by that time and it was only five years old. It didn’t hold up at all. It was becoming dangerous because we would have basketball tournaments and the athletes were tripping on these bumps in different places on the court. And over time, it just looked terrible. So it really needed to be replaced. It was just a disaster, just a very, very poor choice of a product.”

The Solution:

Millersville University turned to their local Robbins dealer, Abacus Sports Installations, for advice on a replacement floor. Abacus recommended a seamless Pulastic SP140 padded polyurethane point-elastic system for its puncture resistance and strong physical properties in the “Spike Proof” resin.

“We worked through Abacus directly. They worked well with us, answered all our questions, took their time. They seem to be pretty well versed on sports floors. We went to look at several Pulastic floors around Lancaster County and found they seem to hold up really well over a long period of time, which is exactly what we needed. We went to some elementary schools that had a Pulastic floor for 20 plus years. They were using it for gym class and lunch and all kinds of things. So we were able to see the floor had been there a long time and had been used in a very similar to the way we use ours. We also looked at a 2nd manufacturers products as well. You also have other companies that want to come in and put a floor down for you for much cheaper.”

The Results:

After facing a challenging demo to remove the existing heavy steel plates that were adhered together, and the linoleum that was in turn adhered to the steel plates, Abacus completed the installation of a new Pulastic SP140 floor in June 2016, just in time for the fall education semester. Not only was Millersville University extremely happy with the clean look and feel of the new floor, student feedback has also been very positive. The gamelines on the floor create three basketball courts, three volleyball courts, and nine badminton areas which are all heavily used by students. The area is also used routinely for assemblies and other events. One of the first events included new student orientation for incoming students in the fall of 2016 (see pictures below).

“We did our research and were pretty adamant about what we needed. Abacus was also good in educating us about the difference in products and advocating that they were not the same. We just weren’t willing to risk another bad experience. We did it once; we weren’t doing it again.”

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About Pulastic Sports Flooring

Pulastic Sports Flooring by Robbins is a seamless floor system that provides superior safety and comfort for athletes of all ages. It is a durable and stable floor system with lasting beauty and a multitude of color options for gamelines and school logos. Pulastic can be used for almost any athletic sport including; volleyball, basketball, color guard, football, baseball, wrestling meets, or cheerleading. It is also perfect for multi-function facilities, auditoriums, or cafeterias, and provides superior strength under the everyday use of tables, chairs and bleachers.

The seamless quality of Pulastic is easy to clean and provides a hygienic solution for facilities with a high volume of users and activity. Floor system failures are often found in the seams. Pulastic is an alternative solution to tile or vinyl flooring with seams. Pulastic will last for many decades and can be given a “facelift” which recoats and restores without replacing the entire floor, all the while maintaining the physical properties of the floor performance including; shock absorption, seamless uniformity, and optimal friction.

Robbins Sports Surfaces is the leader in developing sport floors that protect the safety and performance of athletes. Whether it is a hardwood floor system or seamless synthetic like Pulastic, users can be assured they will receive the highest level of sports floor safety and comfort found on the market.

To hear from other Pulastic users, watch this short video:

Robbins Longtime Customer UNC Tar Heels Wins 6th NCAA Title

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The saying “age is only a number” is especially true when it comes to a hardwood floor. And after winning 3 out of 6 NCAA title championships in the past 30 years alone, UNC’s gym floor at the Dean Smith Center has proven just that. When the Dean Smith Center opened in 1986, the UNC Tar Heels chose a Robbins SpringAire floor system for their new game floor. The SpringAire system offered a unique combination of high load bearing capacity (for bleachers or forklifts), excellent acoustical properties (for sound absorption), and dimensional stability (for athlete protection) in a gym floor. Years of engineering and fine tuning sport floors had led to new developments in the construction of the subfloor. Not only was the floor designed for optimal game play, but it was also constructed with safety of the athlete in mind. UNC understood this technology and wanted only the best for their student athletes.

The new floor not only proved to be a winner for the team which brought home three additional NCAA title championships, but also proved that it was built to last. With routine hardwood floor maintenance, the Dean Smith Center was still in excellent shape in 2007 when it received a facelift with a floor sanding and new graphics. In 2010 the men’s head basketball coach, Roy Williams, also wanted to improve the floor in the practice facility due to the high number of hours spent practicing. He and the facility directors turned to Robbins and Foster Specialty Floors (Robbins dealer in NC) to develop a flooring system that would mimic the performance of the existing gym floor. Coach Williams was quoted as saying “I have the best floor in the history of the game” regarding the SpringAire floor system in the Dean Smith Center.

The SpringAire system had been off the market for several years at this point, so Robbins and Foster joined forces to build a replicate of the original SpringAire floor system. The signature springs were custom built and the sleeper system redesigned to deliver the same comfort and performance of the original Springaire. Before full manufacturing of the system occurred, two 4’x6’ mockup samples of the new floor were sent to UNC for testing. After a week of hands on testing by the basketball players themselves, Coach Roy Williams made the final decision to move forward with construction of the new floor. In June 2010, over 8,000 sq ft of the newly designed SpringAire floor system was installed in the men’s practice facility.

The UNC Tar Heels can say they truly have a floor that is one of a kind since there is no other flooring system like it anywhere else in the world. They should also be proud of thinking ahead and prioritizing their athlete’s safety by selecting the best floor option to support the future of their tremendous basketball program. Robbins is honored to be a supplier to the UNC basketball team for more than 30 years now. We also congratulate them on winning their 6th NCAA Championship Title and look forward to many more to come!

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About Robbins Sports Surfaces

Robbins Sports Surfaces, a division of Robbins, Inc., is a privately held, 4th generation family-owned flooring company based in Cincinnati, OH with sales offices across the U.S. and manufacturing plants in Michigan and Wisconsin.

The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers play on a Robbins Sports Surfaces “All Star” brand floor at their home court, Quicken Loans Arena, and practice on more than 18,000 sq. ft. of the company’s “Bio-Channel Classic” flooring, one of the top floor choices among NBA franchises. The Cavs have played home games on Robbins floors since 1974.

More NBA teams compete and train on Robbins flooring than all other competitors combined, with 90% of NBA teams owning the company’s competition and/or training facility floors. Past NCAA men’s basketball champions Connecticut, Duke, Kentucky, Indiana and North Carolina play their home games on a Robbins floor.

Robbins Inc. has registered 25 patents over the years, with additional patents pending, and is the only U.S. flooring manufacturer with a full-time research and product development staff. Robbins’ unique capability and understanding of the biomechanical interaction between the athlete or performer and floor have recently led to new designs that reduce vibration and increase uniformity, both of which improve performance, comfort and safety.

In addition to Robbins Sports Surfaces, Robbins, Inc. is also the owner of Stoehr Flooring, a high-end residential flooring business, and majority owner of Egis Floorlife, an innovative after-market service business. Robbins also has a theater and dance floor division known as Robbins Performing Arts, which is dedicated to the development of performing arts floor systems that enhance the safety and comfort of performers.

For more information about each of Robbins divisions, please visit www.robbinsdancefloors.com, www.stoehrflooring.com, and www.egisfloorlife.com.

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Washington University Honors City & 1904 Olympics with New Athletic Center

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Campus athletics have come a long way over the years and are not just for collegiate level athletes anymore. Facilities for recreational activities on campus have seen a tremendous amount of growth and improvements for the students and staff they serve. And for colleges that have a long history and the historical buildings to prove it, the challenge is always the same, combining the new with the old, and where to find the space to put it. The new Sumers Recreation Center at Washington University is one of those projects. The athletic complexes at Washington University recently underwent a major renovation that was completed in October 2016, and included more than 70,000 sq ft of various Robbins systems installed by Robbins dealer, Missouri Floor Company.

The project was not your ordinary rec center and was instead, a bit of a hodge podge of new and old buildings. Since the university is located within the city walls of St. Louis, MO, the location of the rec center was land locked, which meant the building had to go “up” instead of “out”. The project included a new 65,000 sq ft building addition, a renovation to the historic Francis Gymnasium which was host to the 1904 Olympics and World’s Fair, and renovations to the existing athletic complex which was constructed in 1983.

The new rec center has received national attention since its debut. It was chosen as a location for one of three 2016 presidential debates. It has also received attention for the unique and stunning graphics in the gymnasium. On top of the 25,000 square feet of Robbins Bio Cushion Classic floor, Washington University pays homage to the city of St. Louis by featuring graphics of the 1904 World’s Fair building, the Francis Fieldhouse gates, and the famous St. Louis Gateway Arch. The graphics were designed and finished on site by Missouri Floor Co. The arch was a 1:5 scale model of the real arch, and two stain colors were used to give the graphics a 3D appearance.

In addition to the recognition given to the city and university’s history, the original Francis Gymnasium which was constructed in 1903 for the 1904 Olympics and World’s Fair, was semi demolished during the construction process. The university wanted to make sure this
history was not lost and decided to incorporate part of it in the new space. The maple flooring from the Francis Gymnasium was reclaimed, installed and then sanded and refinished on the main passage way into the building. The back of the reclaimed maple was stamped “Yawkey Bissell”, which was the name of the original Robbins flooring plant in White Lake, WI and is still in full operation today. Missouri Floor Co. and the Sumers Recreation Center has also been named a finalist in Robbins’ Sports Surface of the Year Contest.

From start to finish of the flooring, the project was completed in 7 weeks. The university is very pleased with the outcome of the graphics, as well as the flooring that was hand selected for each area of the building. Robbins and Missouri Floor Company has had a long standing relationship with Washington University. Alex Verseman of Missouri Floor Co. attributes the success of this project to that relationship, “we had a history with the owner that dated back to the original athletics building construction in 1983. This was developed by past generations of Robbins and Missouri Floor, but never forgotten through the family businesses. We kept a strong relationship with the owner over the years through maintenance, misc. projects across campus, and sharing dreams of this project. When it finally became a reality it was a test of the
relationships between all 3 parties and the outcome was a success we’re all proud of!”.

Both Robbins and Missouri Floor Company are over 100 years old. And when a company has been around that long, it is safe to say they have witnessed a lot of change. Ten decades of nonstop technological advancements is bound to make a huge difference to any product or service. But one thing remains the same, the importance of quality products and quality relationships. Robbins is proud to be associated with and chosen for this project. From the days of Yawkey-Bissell flooring to now, we look forward to another 100 years serving the students at Washington University with our high performance sports floors.

About Robbins Sports Surfaces

Robbins Sports Surfaces, a division of Robbins, Inc., is a privately held, 4th generation family-owned flooring company based in Cincinnati, OH with sales offices across the U.S. and manufacturing plants in Michigan and Wisconsin.

The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers play on a Robbins Sports Surfaces “All Star” brand floor at their home court, Quicken Loans Arena, and practice on more than 18,000 sq. ft. of the company’s “Bio-Channel Classic” flooring, one of the top floor choices among NBA franchises. The Cavs have played home games on Robbins floors since 1974.

More NBA teams compete and train on Robbins flooring than all other competitors combined, with 90% of NBA teams owning the company’s competition and/or training facility floors. Past NCAA men’s basketball champions Connecticut, Duke, Kentucky, Indiana and North Carolina play their home games on a Robbins floor.

Robbins Inc. has registered 25 patents over the years, with additional patents pending, and is the only U.S. flooring manufacturer with a full-time research and product development staff. Robbins’ unique capability and understanding of the biomechanical interaction between the athlete or performer and floor have recently led to new designs that reduce vibration and increase uniformity, both of which improve performance, comfort and safety.

In addition to Robbins Sports Surfaces, Robbins, Inc. is also the owner of Stoehr Flooring, a high-end residential flooring business, and majority owner of Egis Floorlife, an innovative after-market service business. Robbins also has a theater and dance floor division known as Robbins Performing Arts, which is dedicated to the development of performing arts floor systems that enhance the safety and comfort of performers.

For more information about each of Robbins divisions, please visit www.robbinsdancefloors.com, www.stoehrflooring.com, and www.egisfloorlife.com.

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Georgetown University Selects Only the Best Basketball Floor for New Athletic Center

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In the fall of 2016, the Georgetown University Hoyas unveiled the long awaited Thompson Athletic Center, a 144,000-square-foot facility that would serve as the primary practice location for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The new facility was named for the iconic former coach, John R. Thompson, who led the Hoyas to three Final Fours in four years, including the 1984 national GTU- TAC- 2016 (1)championship.

While the school is well known for their excellent athletic programs and having a remarkable 1 out of 8 students in Div I sports, the facilities were not up to par in comparison to other Div I schools. GTU knew they needed to build a state of the art facility that would attract young talent and serve as a top of the line training center for their athletes. When it was time to select a floor for the practice gymnasiums, GTU knew what floor they wanted, and who they wanted to install it; the Robbins MVP and Weyer’s Floor Service.

The Robbins MVP sport floor system was specified and chosen for a variety reasons. With the substantial amount of time athletes spend practicing, GTU understood how the mechanics of the floor can impact the athletes body and performance over time. They wanted the best safety and protection they could get from a floor. They were also faced with a small footprint of building space which required 2 levels of gymnasiums. So minimal floor vibration was extremely important. As a result, a total of 30,000 sq. ft. of Robbins MVP was installed and features a full-size court, as well as four half courts in each of the men’s and women’s practice gyms. The facility also features sports GTU- TAC- 2016 (2)medicine and weight training rooms, an academic center, and a large equipment area.

For more than 30 years Weyer’s has serviced GTU with Robbins flooring. Since the opening of the new athletic center, GTU has been extremely pleased with Weyer’s installation and service. When asked about their experience working with Weyer’s, Brian A. McGuire, Associate Director of Athletics said, ”This fall, Georgetown Athletics opened a brand new athletic training facility (The John R. Thompson Athletic Center) which included the installation of two 30,000 square foot Robbins MVP wood athletic basketball practice courts. Despite receiving many proposals from many flooring companies to do the work, Weyer’s Floor Service was our clear first choice, and we have been completely satisfied with their work and the timeliness of the installation, The quality of the work that they do is outstanding. Whether it’s installations, finishes or painting court designs, Weyer’s will not be happy until the work they do is done to the highest standard of perfection.”

The Thompson Athletic Center is truly a state of the art facility. Weyer’s Floor Service was recently recognized as a “BEST OF THE UNITED STATES 2016” by the US Builders Review, as well as being featured in an article of the fall 2016 magazine issue. And most recently, Weyer’s and GTU was chosen as a finalist in Robbins 2016 Sports Surface of the Year contest. In addition to a multitude of projects over their 30 year relationship, Weyer’s is actively working on numerous floor projects at GTU including a maple wall construction and recoating several hardwood floors throughout the campus.

About Robbins Sports Surfaces

Robbins Sports Surfaces, a division of Robbins, Inc., is a privately held, 4th generation family-owned flooring company based in Cincinnati, OH with sales offices across the U.S. and manufacturing plants in Michigan and Wisconsin.

The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers play on a Robbins Sports Surfaces “All Star” brand floor at their home court, Quicken Loans Arena, and practice on more than 18,000 sq. ft. of the company’s “Bio-Channel Classic” flooring, one of the top floor choices among NBA franchises. The Cavs have played home games on Robbins floors since 1974.

More NBA teams compete and train on Robbins flooring than all other competitors combined, with 90% of NBA teams owning the company’s competition and/or training facility floors. Past NCAA men’s basketball champions Connecticut, Duke, Kentucky, Indiana and North Carolina play their home games on a Robbins floor.

Robbins Inc. has registered 25 patents over the years, with additional patents pending, and is the only U.S. flooring manufacturer with a full-time research and product development staff. Robbins’ unique capability and understanding of the biomechanical interaction between the athlete or performer and floor have recently led to new designs that reduce vibration and increase uniformity, both of which improve performance, comfort and safety.

In addition to Robbins Sports Surfaces, Robbins, Inc. is also the owner of Stoehr Flooring, a high-end residential flooring business, and majority owner of Egis Floorlife, an innovative after-market service business. Robbins also has a theater and dance floor division known as Robbins Performing Arts, which is dedicated to the development of performing arts floor systems that enhance the safety and comfort of performers.

For more information about each of Robbins divisions, please visit www.robbinsdancefloors.com, www.stoehrflooring.com, and www.egisfloorlife.com.

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TCU Volleyball Gym Gets Frog-Skin Face Lift on Robbins Floor

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The TCU Horned Frogs called on Robbins dealer, Ponder Company, to freshen up their 14-year-old Robbins Air Channel Star with a new court design for the women’s competition volleyball gym.tcu_ponder-2016-1-web The floor, which is the located in the University Recreation Center, had been well maintained over the years and was in perfect condition for a face lift.

The new court graphics were originally designed by Nike in 2015, and was unveiled after the 72M dollar renovation of the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena was complete. While Robbins and Ponder Company was not chosen as a vendor for the Schollmaier Arena floor, TCU chose Ponder to sand and refinish the volleyball gym floor with the new court design. The new Horned Frogs design features a unique purple, white, and black lizard-skin pattern that covers the entire area of the game play surface, as well as a red accent color for the court lines. While the color Red is not part of the school’s official colors, it was used as an accent color on the helmets of the football team several years prior and represents the horned frog (aka the horned lizard) distinct ability to shoot blood from its eyes to fend off predators.

Painting and staining a floor with this much detail is no easy task, but Ponder was up for the challenge. They called on Praters Flooring to provide the masks and work closely with the Ponder crew during the training of the application. The court had a total of 22 mask templets and due to the amount of detail, took 2 full weeks to complete.

Since the completion of the refinish in the volleyball gym, this unique floor was featured in the June/July 2016 edition of Hardwood Floors Magazine, and has also been chosen as a finalist in
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Robbins 2016 Sports Surface of the Year contest. TCU was also so pleased with the results of Ponders graphic work, they have since been contracted for additional face lifts on the practice basketball court, the new arena floor, and the 3 court gymnasium at the recreation center. All work will be completed in summer 2017.

About Robbins Sports Surfaces

Robbins Sports Surfaces, a division of Robbins, Inc., is a privately held, 4th generation family-owned flooring company based in Cincinnati, OH with sales offices across the U.S. and manufacturing plants in Michigan and Wisconsin.

The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers play on a Robbins Sports Surfaces “All Star” brand floor at their home court, Quicken Loans Arena, and practice on more than 18,000 sq. ft. of the company’s “Bio-Channel Classic” flooring, one of the top floor choices among NBA franchises. The Cavs have played home games on Robbins floors since 1974.

More NBA teams compete and train on Robbins flooring than all other competitors combined, with 90% of NBA teams owning the company’s competition and/or training facility floors. Past NCAA men’s basketball champions Connecticut, Duke, Kentucky, Indiana and North Carolina play their home games on a Robbins floor.

Robbins Inc. has registered 25 patents over the years, with additional patents pending, and is the only U.S. flooring manufacturer with a full-time research and product development staff. Robbins’ unique capability and understanding of the biomechanical interaction between the athlete or performer and floor have recently led to new designs that reduce vibration and increase uniformity, both of which improve performance, comfort and safety.

In addition to Robbins Sports Surfaces, Robbins, Inc. is also the owner of Stoehr Flooring, a high-end residential flooring business, and majority owner of Egis Floorlife, an innovative after-market service business. Robbins also has a theater and dance floor division known as Robbins Performing Arts, which is dedicated to the development of performing arts floor systems that enhance the safety and comfort of performers.

For more information about each of Robbins divisions, please visit www.robbinsdancefloors.com, www.stoehrflooring.com, and www.egisfloorlife.com.

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Beverly Hills High School Has New Robbins Floor Installed in Iconic Swim Gym

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The Beverly Hills High School Swim Gym is a bit of a legend in the world of gym floors. The swim gym at Beverly Hills High School combines something unheard of in your typical gymnasium- wood and water! Located approximately 5 ft above the 23m swimming pool, the gym floor was constructed to divide in the middle and retract under concrete bleachers to expose the pool for beverly-hills-h-s-2016-24-webswimming events. This unique gym floor was designed and constructed in 1939 and is still in full use today. It is also a very iconic floor as it was used for filming the “pool party” scene in the nostalgic movie “A Wonderful Life” in 1946, in addition to being featured in several other movies and TV shows. See the clip from “A Wonderful Life” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rha-6qG4OQ

After various instances where water damage had affected the quality and structure of the floor, the decision was made to replace the floor. Beverly Hills High School called on Robbins dealer, Pacific Floor Company, a trusted vendor since 2002, to replace the floor. Pacific recommended Robbins Bio Channel Star flooring for its excellent performance and to minimize the possibility of moisture traveling under the floor.

Building a floor that not only sits atop a swimming pool, but is also retractable comes with its own set of unique challenges. As we all know, wood and water does not mix. If the proper measures are not taken during installation, the humidity that accumulates from a pool can affect the integrity of the gym floor. We asked Mark Herthel, Sales Manager at Pacific Floor Company, to explain the measures that were taken to ensure the successful installation of this atypical gym floor “the challenges for this floor is the humidity issues from the pool and moving it back and forth. We installed the Bio-Channel Star to prevent moisture transfer under the floor and between any sleepers. We closed off the sides to protect the subfloor and we used 1-1/2″ XL-PLUS for a more stable floor. We also closely monitored the humidity in the gym. The building does not have de-humidifiers, however they have a good exhaust system to circulate the air. We also made sure the exhaust fans under the bleachers were working as the floor can be stored under them for considerable time. A HOBO was also used to monitor conditions during the install”.

Over 6,000 square feet was installed and just recently completed in October 2016. A video of the floor opening can be seen here on the Robbins YouTube channel. The Swim Gym was also chosen as a finalist in the 2016 Sports Surface of the Year contest which recognizes the hard work and dedication of Robbins dealers. The winner will be announced in May 2017.

About Robbins Sports Surfaces

Robbins Sports Surfaces, a division of Robbins, Inc., is a privately held, 4th generation family-owned flooring company based in Cincinnati, OH with sales offices across the U.S. and manufacturing plants in Michigan and Wisconsin.

The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers play on a Robbins Sports Surfaces “All Star” brand floor at their home court, Quicken Loans Arena, and practice on more than 18,000 sq. ft. of the company’s “Bio-Channel Classic” flooring, one of the top floor choices among NBA franchises. The Cavs have played home games on Robbins floors since 1974.

More NBA teams compete and train on Robbins flooring than all other competitors combined, with 90% of NBA teams owning the company’s competition and/or training facility floors. Past NCAA men’s basketball champions Connecticut, Duke, Kentucky, Indiana and North Carolina play their home games on a Robbins floor.

Robbins Inc. has registered 25 patents over the years, with additional patents pending, and is the only U.S. flooring manufacturer with a full-time research and product development staff. Robbins’ unique capability and understanding of the biomechanical interaction between the athlete or performer and floor have recently led to new designs that reduce vibration and increase uniformity, both of which improve performance, comfort and safety.

In addition to Robbins Sports Surfaces, Robbins, Inc. is also the owner of Stoehr Flooring, a high-end residential flooring business, and majority owner of Egis Floorlife, an innovative after-market service business. Robbins also has a theater and dance floor division known as Robbins Performing Arts, which is dedicated to the development of performing arts floor systems that enhance the safety and comfort of performers.

For more information about each of Robbins divisions, please visit www.robbinsdancefloors.com, www.stoehrflooring.com, and www.egisfloorlife.com.

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Robbins Hires Dave Fulton As President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jay Stoehr remains CEO of family-owned flooring company, adds proven leader as part of succession plan

CINCINNATI, OH, NOVEMBER 3, 2016 – Robbins, Inc., an international leader in sports flooring systems, has hired Dave Fulton as President to oversee all manufacturing, sales and service functions.

James (Jay) Stoehr III, the fourth generation of his family to lead Robbins, had been serving as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board. He will retain his other leadership roles, and Fulton will dave-headshot-pic-1-webreport to him.

Fulton had served as Manufacturing Leader for Cincinnati-based Shepherd Color Company, a multi-generation family-owned color pigment business, since 2014. He previously was President of Dayton, Ohio-based Hohman Plating & Manufacturing from 2008 to 2014.

Fulton received two degrees from the University of Cincinnati: a Bachelor’s of Science in chemical engineering and an MBA in finance. He is a resident of Lawrenceburg, Ind.

“Dave is a transformational business leader with a wealth of experience growing and leading family-owned manufacturing businesses,” Stoehr said. “He understands the manufacturing process as well as its role in driving business growth. I’m counting on him to bring his formidable skills to bear to focus on strategic planning, operational excellence, organizational development and financial results.”

Robbins is based in Cincinnati’s East End neighborhood with sales offices across the U.S. and manufacturing plants in Michigan and Wisconsin. The privately held company’s main business unit is Robbins Sports Surfaces, the premier supplier of high-performance maple and synthetic sports flooring systems to professional and college athletic programs as well as fitness, religious and performing arts.

Athletes in more than 65 nations on six continents compete and practice on the company’s sports surfaces. More NBA teams use Robbins flooring than all other competitors combined, with 90% of teams owning the company’s competition and/or training facility floors — including the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, who have played home games on a Robbins floor since 1974.

Stoehr credits a 20-year relationship with the Goering Center for Family & Private Business, based at the University of Cincinnati, with helping him plan for succession in a family business and prioritize business success ahead of personal interests or ambitions. Working with Robbins’ Board of Advisors, Stoehr developed a succession plan that led to the decision to hire a President to assume day-to-day operational responsibility.

“We’ve made this exciting change because Robbins is built on strong values that focus on doing the right thing for employees, customers and vendors while strengthening the company legacy,” Stoehr said. “I’m confident that Dave’s addition to our leadership team will do just that.”

Fulton began work as Robbins President on October 31.

About Robbins, Inc.

Robbins, Inc. is a privately held family-owned flooring company based in Cincinnati’s East End neighborhood with sales offices across the U.S. and manufacturing plants in Ishpeming and Kenton, Mich. and White Lake, Wisc. CEO Jay Stoehr is the fourth generation of his family to lead the company, which traces its roots to 1894.

The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers play on a Robbins Sports Surfaces “All Star” brand floor at their home court, Quicken Loans Arena, and practice on more than 18,000 sq. ft. of the company’s “Bio-Channel Classic” flooring, one of the top floor choices among NBA franchises. The Cavs have played home games on Robbins floors since 1974.

More NBA teams compete and train on Robbins flooring than all other competitors combined, with 90% of NBA teams owning the company’s competition and/or training facility floors. Past NCAA men’s basketball champions Connecticut, Duke, Kentucky, Indiana and North Carolina play their home games on a Robbins floor.

Robbins Inc. has registered 25 patents over the years, with additional patents pending, and is the only U.S. flooring manufacturer with a full-time research and product development staff. Robbins’ unique capability and understanding of the biomechanical interaction between the athlete or performer and floor have recently led to new designs that reduce vibration and increase uniformity, both of which improve performance, comfort and safety.

In addition to Robbins Sports Surfaces, Robbins, Inc. is also the owner of Stoehr Flooring, a high-end residential flooring business, and majority owner of Egis Floorlife, an innovative after-market service business. Robbins also has a theater and dance floor division known as Robbins Performing Arts, which is dedicated to the development of performing arts floor systems that enhance the safety and comfort of performers.

For more information about each of Robbins divisions, please visit www.robbinsfloor.com, www.robbinsdancefloors.com, www.stoehrflooring.com, and www.egisfloorlife.com.

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Cleveland Cavs Win First NBA Championship

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Congratulations to the Cleveland Cavaliers on winning their 1st NBA championship! In what is likely to be known as the come backCleveland Cavaliers, Quicken Loans Arena, Robbins All Star Portable Floor of the century, the Cavaliers lost three games in a row against the Warriors, and proceeded to win the next 4 games leading to their 1st NBA Championship title ever. LeBron James was named NBA Finals MVP after scoring an impressive 27 points. This is LeBron’s 3rd MVP award in his 13 year career with the NBA, and we are proud to say that he has played and practiced on a Robbins floor his entire career.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been a longtime customer of Robbins dating back to 1974 when a Robbins portable was installed at the Richfield Coliseum. In 1994, the Cavaliers moved to their current home arena, Quicken Loans Arena, and currently play on a Robbins All Star portable floor. In addition, the Cavaliers practice on more than 18,000 sq. ft of Bio-Channel Classic flooring, one of the top floor choices of the NBA.

Robbins is extremely proud of all the NBA teams that train and compete on our floors. With more than half of the playoff teams competing and/or training on a Robbins’ floor, including the San Antonio Spurs & Miami Heat, it was no surprise that we brought home our 18th champion in the past 25 years! We congratulate the Cleveland Cavaliers on a remarkable season and come back that represents true athletic greatness.

Click here to learn more about the All Star Portable flooring system, or contact us at 1-800-543-1913 to speak with a Robbins representative in your area.

 

About Robbins Sports Surfaces

Robbins Sports Surfaces is the premier supplier of high performance maple and synthetic sports flooring systems to the arena, education, religious and fitness markets. In more than 60 nations around the world athletes compete and practice on millions of square meters of Robbins’ Sport Surfaces. Professional and amateur alike know that when they play on a high performance Robbins’ system they’ll be able to play at peak levels, safely and comfortably.

 

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Pete Mathews Coliseum, Jacksonville State University: SSOTY Finalist

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The Pete Mathews Coliseum at Jacksonville State University installed by Covington Flooring Company, is a featured jsu-the-pete-300x149finalist of the 2015 Sports Surface of the Year contest. The coliseum recently underwent a $2M renovation which included a new gymnasium floor. Robbins dealer, Covington Flooring Company, has had a good relationship with Jacksonville State since they installed a Sportwood gym floor in 1986, and for this reason was chosen to install the new floor. Jacksonville State selected the Bio-Channel SB for its low profile design, which is a perfect match for facilities with retrofit needs. The school also desired a high-performance floor with an upgraded graphical appearance. Covington customized the new floor with a combination of paints and stains on the 1st grade Maple backdrop. A total of 9,500 sq. ft. of new flooring was installed. The renovation was completed in September 2015, just in time for basketball season.

We are honored to be chosen as a supplier to Jacksonville State University, and congratulate Covington Flooring Company on another fantastic job!

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Covington Flooring Company is the Robbins Sports Surfaces dealer in Jacksonville, AL and surrounding areas. For more information about Covington, or to view additional completed projects, visit their website at http://covington.com/ or call them at 1-205-328-2330.

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Gym Floors at Eureka High School Restored Just in Time for Last Basketball Game of the Season

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After several days of torrential rainfall poured onto the city of Eureka, MO in late December 2015, the Meramec River reached record levels, wreaking havoc on both the buildings and the residents EHS Flood-resized in Eureka, a city just outside of St. Louis. Among those affected was the Eureka High School athletic building including 2 gyms and 1 multi-purpose room used for both wrestling and aerobics. After the rain had stopped, about 1” of water covered the floors of the Eureka High School athletic building. As we all know, wood and water don’t mix. 28,000 sq. ft of athletic flooring was ruined.

The Rockwood School District went into emergency mode and contacted their insurance provider for approval to restore the flooring to their gymnasium.  Then, they contacted Alex Verseman at Missouri Floor Company, our local dealer in the St. Louis area, and invited him to visit the Eureka High School athletic building and assess the damage. When asked why they chose to contact Missouri Floor Company, Chris Freund, Director of Facilities for the Rockwood School District, explained “Missouri Floor Company has a great reputation for quality work in the St. Louis area. We knew Alex Verseman and had used him and his knowledge about sports flooring as a resource in previous years.”

In the midst of the basketball and wrestling season, the Rockwood School District set a goal to have the gymnasiums restored before basketball season was over. Missouri Floor Company and Robbins was up for the challenge. While another contracted company began the removal process of the damaged floors, the Robbins manufacturing plant in White Lake, Wisconsin worked additional shifts to ensure the materials were produced and shipped to meet the deadline. 21,700 sq ft of Robbins Bio Cushion Classic with MFMA Northern Hard Maple was ordered for 2 gyms, Eureka HS Gym- After- Resizedas well as 6,500 sq. ft. of Pulastic Classic 110 ECO for the wrestling and aerobic room. The main gymnasium was successfully restored and was used for the girls last game of the season on February 25, 2016. “Alex has been a pleasure to work with. He clearly understands the importance of getting things done in a timely manner. With a project like this, the gym floor was not the only thing being replaced. He did a good job at coordinating with other contractors and the school to make the installation as seamless as possible.”

Because of the dedication from the Missouri Floor team, the girls’ basketball team walked away with a win that night, both on and off the court. The reaction from players, coaches, and parents about the new floor has also been very positive.  “I had a coach pull me aside the other day and was raving about how nice the new floor is. The reaction from parents and players has been amazing. We are thrilled with the new floors!”

Robbins and Missouri Floor Company was honored to be a part of the process that not only restored the gymnasium, but also restored the many activities that are conducted in the athletic building by the students, coaches, and community in Eureka, MO.

 

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Robbins Sports Surfaces is the premier supplier of high performance maple and synthetic sports flooring systems to the arena, education, religious and fitness markets. In more than 65 nations around the world athletes compete and practice on millions of square meters of Robbins’ Sport Surfaces. Professional and amateur alike know that when they play on a high performance Robbins’ system they’ll be able to play at peak levels, safely and comfortably. For more information about Robbins sports flooring systems, please contact a Robbins representative at 1-800-543-1913, or complete the online contact form.

 

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Robbins MVP: 10 Years Later. We’ve come a long way baby!

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What is the definition of a “good” sports floor? Is it the fancy logos or graphics that grab everyone’s eye? Or maybe the sound it makes when shoes squeak or balls bounce? For the avid sports Chicago Bulls- Training Facility- MVP- 2014_225x300fanatic, or even the not-so-sports-fanatic, these are all very important features that help identify not only the team, but the sport itself. But believe it or not, for players, coaches, and athletic trainers, there’s more important features to consider. Beneath the surface of a shiny hardwood floor with gamelines and school logos, is a well engineered subfloor consisting of just the right amount of mechanical features that provide protection for the athlete. The subfloor build-up is critical to the longterm health of the athlete since the floor can have a significant impact on joints, muscles, and endurance during game play. Proper construction of the floor is a science, and with over 100 years of continued improvement to the mechanics of our floors, Robbins understands what is necessary to achieve a floor that not only looks great on the surface, but also improves performance and enhances endurance of the athlete.

10 years ago in a top secret laboratory, the R&D team at Robbins began to develop a revolutionary sports floor known as the MVP (Maximum Vibration Performance). Vibration control in a sports floor is an important factor because it can have such an impact on the athlete. And with athletes starting as young as 2 years old these days, expecting more out of a sports floor has never been more critical. A low quality sports floor can have negative effects on the athlete that result in fatigue and an increase in injuries, which overall may reduce the length of the athlete’s career. In 2006, Robbins launched a plan to develop the only floor on the market that is biomechanically researched and tested to achieve maximum vibration protection for athletes. Utilizing the expertise of human performance/biomechanics expert, Dr. Benno Nigg at the University of Calgary, Dr. Nigg measured the performance results of the MVP system and determined it is “in a special category by itself“ and the difference in MVP “was substantial with respect to damping time, vibration frequency, and uniformity”. After thorough research and testing, iIn 2008, the MVP was officially launched and on the market.

Fast forward 10 years later, we revisited the 1st NCAA school to install the MVP in their gymnasium to learn more about the difference the MVP has made in their athletes. In 2008, Amber Warners, the Head Volleyball Coach at Calvin College, visited The Robbins Institute at Robbins headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, along with the Head Basketball Coach, Kevin VandeStreek, to learn about the various flooring options for their new basketball and volleyball facility. After testing out several different sports floor systems, they instantly noticed the difference in the MVP system and was sold. The installation of the new floor was completed in December 2008 by our dealer, Foster Specialty Floors. The facility features 18,000 sq ft of Robbins MVP with MFMA certified maple hardwood in the main gym, and 12,000 sq ft in two auxiliary gyms. The volleyball program at Calvin has had tremendous success. They were ranked No. 1 in their division at the end of the 2015 season, and have won 2 national championships in the last 6 years. They have also seen a reduction in player injury & fatigue which they attribute to the quality of the floor. According to Coach Warners, “since the floor helps prevent fatigue and soreness, our volleyball players aren’t wearing down as easy and they stay fresh. Fatigue is what increases the risk of injury. Since I don’t have to worry about fatigue I can push them harder because they can take more.”

Calvin is not the only college to jump on board with the MVP revolution. Other colleges including: Creighton University, Texas A&M, Hillsdale College, Loyola Marymount, and many more are now believers in the MVP system and having substantial success with their programs. The NBA is also taking notice. The Toronto Raptors, OK City Thunder, New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, and the Minnesota Timberwolves all make the list of recent NBA teams to install the MVP in their training centers.

Because of the excellence we strive for in building the best floor system on the market, at Robbins, we not only build floors, we build champions. We are honored to be chosen as a supplier to such a variety of great sports program on the college and professional level. Even more so, we are excited to hear how pleased our customers are with the MVP and how its making a difference in the health and well being of their athletes!

Watch the video and full interview with View Coach Warners here:

 

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Robbins Sports Surfaces is the premier supplier of high performance maple and synthetic sports flooring systems to the arena, education, religious and fitness markets. In more than 65 nations around the world athletes compete and practice on millions of square meters of Robbins’ Sport Surfaces. Professional and amateur alike know that when they play on a high performance Robbins’ system they’ll be able to play at peak levels, safely and comfortably. For more information about Robbins sports flooring systems, please contact a Robbins representative at 1-800-543-1913, or complete the online contact form.

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Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa: SSOTY Finalist

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Robbins is happy to announce another Featured Facility and Sports Surface of the Year Finalist goes to the Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa, installed by Stout Hardwood. The new state-Village-Ocotillo-BB-court-300x281of-the-art fitness facility opened in April 2015 in Chandler, AZ, making it the 4th Village Health Club & Spa location to open in the Phoenix area. The impressive 82,000 sq. ft. health club & spa features an indoor basketball court and running track, 2 racquetball and 2 squash courts, cardio, weight & functional training rooms, 2 yoga studios, and group fitness studios, in addition to many other amenities. Stout installed 12,000 sq. ft. of Robbins Bio-Cushion Classic in the gymnasium, 2,800 sq. ft. of Bio-Cushion w/ 3/4″ CP pad in the racquetball, squash, and dance studios, and 2,500 sq. ft. of Pulastic Classic 110 for the elevated running track.

Stout was chosen by Sundt Construction as the supplier and contractor for this project based on a proven history as being a reliable source for sports flooring.  This project had a short completion window that occurred over the holiday season in late 2014. Stout’s relationship with Sundt ConstructionVillage-Ocotillo-BB-court-241x300 allowed for collaboration on design challenges and quick implementation in the field. In addition to being on a tight timeline, other delays affected the completion date including a leaky roof and a sprinkler malfunction that caused damages to the installed flooring. The materials for the Pulastic Classic 110 elevated running track and Bio Cushion in the upstairs dance studios had to be hoisted and maneuvered through a window opening 30 feet up. The 12,000 sq. ft. basketball gym floor features stained 3 point areas, custom paint, and detailed logos. The Stout Hardwood crew worked through the holidays to meet the completion deadline and despite several delays, the flooring was installed and completed on time.

We are honored to be chosen as a supplier to Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa, and congratulate Stout Hardwood on another fantastic job! We wish them luck as a finalist in the Sports Surface of the Year contest!

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Stout Hardwood is the Robbins Sports Surfaces dealer in Phoenix, AZ and surrounding areas. For more information about Stout, or to view additional completed projects, visit their website at www.stout-hardwood-floors.com or call them at 1-575-527-4143.

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Duke Center for Living & Wallace Building: SSOTY Finalist

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Robbins is happy to announce another Featured Facility and Sports Surface of the Year Finalist goes to the Duke Center for Living Facility at Duke Medicine, installed by Foster Duke First Floor- resizedSpecialty Floors. The facility was recently renovated to include over 30,000 sq ft of various Robbins flooring specially customized by Foster for each area and application. The first floor of the facility is the health and fitness center equipped with an aerobics & dance floor, a walking track, a free weight area, and cardio equipment. This floor features almost 23,000 sq ft of custom Strata Sport, Galaxy Classic, Sportwood UltraStar, and Continuous Strip XL pre-finished Maple. The second floor houses the exam rooms and rehab center and features almost 6,000 sq ft of Strata Sport and Strata Commercial. In addition, the Wallace Wing was also renovated and now includes over 2,000 sq ft of Galaxy XTreme and Strata Sport on biometric plates in the Coach K Human Performance Lab.

Foster Specialty Floors was chosen by Duke Medicine due to their extensive product knowledge, and ability to customize a floor solution to meet the various needs of their physicians, staff, patients, and members. Nancy Magiera, the Interior Designer at Duke Medicine, commended Foster by stating Duke Logo-resizedthat “Mr. Foster, exclusively, possessed the unique combination of skills that we needed to make our very challenging project successful – an extensive knowledge of his product line in conjunction with a comprehensive command of the physical science underlying sports flooring requirements. Mr. Foster took into account not only our aesthetic concerns for the facility but also spent a great deal of time custom designing flooring systems that would address different dynamic performance characterizes, our unique friction requirements, as well as the embedding of biometric plates with in the flooring systems. His ultimate design was a perfect blend of art and science and all of the groups utilizing the building have been very positive and enthusiastic in regard to how their specifically designed sports flooring suits their unique needs. Throughout the installation of the project, Foster Specialty Floor’s tenacious attention to detail and concern for the end user’s finished product was evident on a weekly basis. The project’s Duke Medicine 2nd floor- resizedextremely tight schedule was met in spite of construction complications. In the end, the flooring systems designed and installed by Foster Specialty Floors at Duke Medicine are truly One of one“.

The facility reopened after renovations in January 2015. The flooring was completely finished and installed in June 2015. The facility itself is a unique concept since it is open to the public for memberships, but many of the clients are patients from Duke University Health System with customized exercise programs to help match their health situation. They take pride in creating a low-pressure atmosphere that provides patients and the local community a place to improve their health and wellness.

We are honored to be chosen as a supplier to Duke Medicine, and congratulate Foster Specialty Floors on another fantastic job! We wish them luck as a finalist in the Sports Surface of the Year contest!

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Foster Specialty Floors is the Robbins Sports Surfaces dealer in Durham, NC and surrounding areas. For more information about Foster, or to view additional completed projects, visit their website at http://www.sportsfloor.org/ or call them at 1-919-368-9324.

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Prairie View A&M Student Recreation Center: SSOTY Finalist

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Robbins is happy to announce another Featured Facility and Sports Surface of the Year Finalist goes to the Prairie View A&M Prairie View-AM-resized_1Student Recreation Center, installed by NAH Sports Flooring. The new 92,000 sq ft facility was completed in early 2015 and features over 22,000 sq. ft. of Robbins rubber flooring products. The new student recreation center includes a three-court basketball gym and elevated running track, weight training and fitness, multipurpose studios, a climbing wall and office spaces.

Of the 22,000 sq ft of Robbins installed products, the elevated running track features 9,200 sq. ft. of Durathon Elite, 4,500 sq. ft. of Galaxy Fit, and 8,650 sq. ft. of Galaxy Ultra in the weight training and fitness area. Prairie View needed a resilient rubber floor that was durable enough to withstand the high traffic and regular usage from its 8,000 + students and staff.  This new facility is a high end Prairie View-AM-resized_3recreation center that will provide a competitive advantage to Prairie View when recruiting new students, as well as athletes.

We are honored to be chosen as a supplier to Prairie View A&M, and congratulate NAH Sports Flooring on another fantastic job! We wish them luck as a finalist in the Sports Surface of the Year contest!

 

 

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NAH Sports Flooring is the Robbins Sports Surfaces dealer in Prairie View, TX and surrounding areas. For more information about NAH Sports Flooring, or to view additional completed projects, visit their website at http://nahsportsflooring.com or call them at 1-713-956-2700.

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Featured Facility & SSOTY Finalist: Griffin Elite Sports & Wellness

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Robbins is happy to announce another Featured Facility and Sports Surface of the Year Finalist goes to the The Griffin Elite Sports & Wellness Complex, Griffin-Elite--Bio-Channel-Star-2015- 300x234installed by Cincinnati Floor Company. The new state-of-the-art 125,000 sq ft facility opened its doors to the public on October 25, 2015 and is located in Florence, KY. 22,000 sq. ft. of Robbins Bio-Channel Star was installed to create 3 full size basketball courts that can also be converted into volleyball courts. In addition, the weight room & wellness center features 7,500 sq ft of Pulastic GT100.  This is a high end sports training facility that will focus on the development of skills, strength and agility for athletes of all ages, along with offering conditioning and injury recovery programs. Griffin chose Robbins Bio-Channel Star for uniformity and performance, and Pulastic GT100 seamless weight room flooring for appearance and cleanability.

In addition to basketball and strength training, Griffin also has a large artificial turf field with four 40-yard running lanes, a yoga studio, a licensed chiropractic doctor who specializes in a pain relief treatment known as Active Release Techniques (ART), and cryotherapy treatments. Griffin will offer memberships to the community, as well as local organizations like the Special Olympics, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky and Wounded Warriors Project.

Griffin-Elite--Pulastic-GT100--2015-300x232We are honored to be chosen as a supplier to The Griffin Elite Sports & Wellness Complex, and are truly grateful for their commitment to the health and well being of our young athletes. We congratulate Cincinnati Floor Company on another fantastic job and wish them luck as a finalist in the Sports Surface of the Year contest!

 

 

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Cincinnati Floor Company is the Robbins Sports Surfaces dealer in Florence, KY and surrounding areas. For more information about Cincinnati Floor, or to view additional completed projects, visit their website at http://www.cincifloor.com/ or call them at 1-800-886-4501.

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Featured Facility & SSOTY Finalist: West Coast Baptist College

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Robbins is happy to announce the Featured Facility of the Month for October and Sports Surface of the Year Finalist goes to the The Walther Center at West Coast Baptist College, West Coast Baptist College- AC Star 2015 (63)-300x225installed by Pacific Floor Company. Construction of the new facility began in 2014, and was recently completed this past August. It is equipped with 17,000 sq. ft. of Robbins Air-Channel Star with MFMA maple flooring. The 54,000 square foot facility includes 2 full size basketball courts for the men’s basketball team, that also converts to a volleyball court for the women’s volleyball team. The sports surface area also doubles as an event space for hosting gatherings, athletic events, and more. In addition, the large facility also has a student fellowship center, a restaurant, and a separate worship center.

The college and associated church, Lancaster Baptist, chose Robbins and Pacific Floor Company based on a strong relationship with a Robbins dealer in Michigan, Foster Specialty Floors. Through their trust in Foster’s reputation as a quality installer with high integrity, West Coast Baptist College was referred to Pacific and ultimately chose them to install the Robbins Air-Channel Star. They have been extremely happy with both the performance of West Coast Baptist College- AC Star 2015 (59)-300x225the floor and the quality of the installation.

The Walther Center was named in memory of Leo Walther, a dedicated member of Lancaster Baptist Church, and strong supporter of the college and its students since the college opened in 1995. According to Pastor Paul Chappell, “when we broke ground on this building last June we chose to name it “The Walther Center” in  memory of our dear friend. There never was a man who loved his Lord, his pastor, his church family, and  the students and graduates of West Coast Baptist College more than Leo Walther”. To read  more about the legacy of Leo Walther and his contribution to the students at WCBC, visit http://www.paulchappell.com.

We are honored to be chosen as a supplier to The Walther Center at WCBC and wish them much success in their future volleyball and basketball seasons. We also congratulate Pacific Floor Company on another fantastic job and wish them luck as a finalist in the Sports Surface of the Year contest!

 

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Pacific Floor Company is the Robbins Sports Surfaces dealer in Lancaster, CA and surrounding areas. For more information about Pacific Floor, or to view additional completed projects, visit their website at http://pacificsportflooring.com or call them at 1-818-775-0438.

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Customer Testimonial Video- Calvin College

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We sat down with Amber Warners, Head Volleyball Coach at Calvin College, to discuss her experience and satisfaction with their Robbins MVP floor that was installed almost 7 years ago. Calvin College was the 1st NCAA school to install the MVP floor, which was a new innovation developed by Robbins at that time. In 2008, Coach Warners visited The Robbins Institute at Robbins headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, along with the Head Basketball Coach, Kevin VandeStreek, to learn about the various flooring options for their new 30,000 sq ft facility. After testing out several different sports floor systems, they instantly noticed the difference in the MVP system and was sold. The installation of the new floor was completed in December 2008 by our dealer, Foster Specialty Floors. The new facility features 18,000 sq ft of Robbins MVP with MFMA certified maple hardwood in the main gym, and 12,000 sq ft in two auxiliary gyms. Fast forward 7 years later, the volleyball program at Calvin has had tremendous success. They are currently ranked No. 5 in their division, and have won 2 national championships in the last 5 years. They have also seen a reduction in player injury & fatigue which they attribute to the quality of the floor.

View Coach Warners full testimonial here:

We are honored to be chosen as a supplier to such a great sports program and a college with a distinguished reputation. Even more so, we are excited to hear how pleased they are with the floor and how its making a difference in the health and well being of their athletes! Thank you to Foster Specialty Floors for doing such a wonderful job in the installation and finish of the floor, and being a true partner to ensure the quality of the floor installation is always top notch.

Calvin College is located in Grand Rapids, MI and is a Division III school with an enrollment of approximately 4,000 students. They have won a total of 10 volleyball NCAA championships. To learn more about the volleyball program at Calvin College, visit their website at http://www.calvinknights.com.

 

Featured Facility & SSOTY Finalist: Hofstra University

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Robbins is happy to announce the Featured Facility of the Month for September and Sports Surface of the Year Finalist goes to the Hofstra Basketball Practice Facility & Mack Center Arena at Hofstra University, installed by Milburn Flooring. The brand new practice facility was completed in August 2014, and is Hofstra University - Bio-Channel LP Milburn 2014- resizedequipped with 14,000 sq. ft. of Robbins Bio Channel LP with MFMA maple flooring. The dedicated practice facility serves both the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams, allowing them to train year round. The new facility features a full size basketball court with 8 basketball goals and additional practice areas. The floor design in the practice facility is a replica of the new gymnasium floor, also recently installed, in the Mack Center Arena. The arena serves the Hofstra Pride home basketball games, and was completed in October 2014. The coaches and players were equally excited about the new state of the art practice facility that allows them to train harder and longer, all season long.

Hofstra University is in integral part of Long Island’s community and success. This private, non profit institution of higher learning is a DIV 1 school with 40,000 sq ft of installed Robbins sports floors. With Robbins Sports Surfaces, Milburn Flooring Mills was able to sustain Hofstra’s prestigious Hofstra-Mack-Center-Arena---Bio-Channel-Milburn-2014-resizedreputation while providing their athletes with a foundation to excel.

We congratulate Milburn Flooring Mills on another fantastic job and wish them luck as a finalist in the Sports Surface of the Year contest!

 

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Milburn Flooring Mills is the Robbins Sports Surfaces dealer in New York, NY and surrounding areas. For more information about Milburn, or to view additional completed projects, visit their website at http://www.milburnflooring.com/ or call them at 1-631-842-1600.

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Featured Facility & SSOTY Finalist: Gonzaga University

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Robbins is proud to announce the Featured Facility of the Month for August and Sports Surface of the Year Finalist goes to the McCarthey Athletic Center at Gonzaga University installed by Greater Seattle Floors. The facility features 14,000 sq. ft. of Robbins Bio Channel Star with 1st grade MFMA maple flooring. After experiencing system failure with the original gym floor G0261189 Final-resized(from a different manufacturer), which was installed when the McCarthey Athletic Center opened in 2004, the university approved the renovation and chose Greater Seattle Floors to install a Robbins Bio Channel Star system. Renovations began in early June 2015 and even with very extensive paint and logo work. was completed in a short timeline of 4 weeks, just in time for the start-up of summer basketball camps.

The McCarthey Athletic Center, located in Spokane, WA, is a 6,000 seat facility that is home to both the Men’s and Women’s Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball teams. Gonzaga University is well known for their excellent basketball program and consistently make it into the late round finals during the NCAA tournament each year. Gonzaga chose the Bio Channel Star system by Robbins because of the reputation Robbins has for building superior basketball floors. Greater Seattle Floors was chosen for their excellent customer service and reputation for standing behind all of the work they install and customers they serve. Feedback from the coaches have been extremely positive about the performance of the floor, as well as being very pleased with the timeline of the installation and meeting the deadline to allow for annual summer Basketball camps.

We congratulate Greater Seattle Floors on another fantastic job and wish them luck as a finalist in the Sports Surface of the Year contest which closes on March 1, 2016!

 

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Greater Seattle Floors is the Robbins Sports Surfaces dealer in Seattle, WA and surrounding areas. For more information about GSF, or to view additional completed projects, visit their website at http://www.gsfloors.com/ or call them at 1-206-763-7004.

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Featured Facility & SSOTY Finalist: Chicago Bulls Training Facility

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Robbins is proud to announce the Featured Facility of the Month for July and Sports Surface of the Year Finalist goes to the Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls- Training Facility- MVP- 2014 (11)- resizedTraining Facility installed by Floors, Inc. The 60,000 sq. ft. facility features 20,000 sq. ft. of Robbins MVP with 1st grade XL Plus maple flooring, as well as Sportwood on the weight lifting stations.  The new state of the art training facility, named The Advocate Center, was completed in the fall of 2014 and is located within walking distance of the United Center.

The new facility houses two full-size MVP basketball courts, which is the most advanced floor system on the market.  The MVP is designed to specifically eliminate fatigue that can result in player injury. In addition to dozens of other schools and facilities, the Chicago Bulls is the 5th NBA team to install this revolutionary floor in their practice facility.

Not only was Floors, Inc. chosen as a finalist for the size of the project and their dedication to selling & installing the best floor suited for the team, they were also chosen for customer satisfaction. In a letter of recommendation received from Karen S. Umlauf,  Senior Director, Basketball Administration for the Bulls, she writes about the excellent experience with the team at Floors, Inc. and the floor stating that “I am writing to you in regards to the high quality your workers and company  performed installing the wood athletic flooring in the basketball courts of our new Chicago Bulls Training Facility. The finished product proves that your workers and  management team are of the highest quality professionals in your industry.  The new wood athletic floor is certainly a center piece to the new facility, and the  expertise your firm showed throughout the entire project is appreciated. The Chicago Bulls are very happy with the new floor, and we look forward to a continued  professional relationship with Floors Incorporated.”

We congratulate Floors, Inc. on another fantastic job and wish them luck as a finalist in the Sports Surface of the Year contest which closes on March 1, 2016!

 

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Floors, Inc. is Robbins’ exclusive dealer in the Chicago area. For more information please visit http://www.floorsinc-illinois.com/ or call them at 1-815-338-6566.

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Featured Facility & SSOTY Finalist: Alaska Airlines Center

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Robbins is proud to announce the Featured Facility of the Month for June and Sports Surface of the Year Finalist goes to the Alaska Airlines Center installed by Alaskan Industries. This2431-AkAirlinesCent-Int-19-resized state of the art facility brings sports, concerts, events, and gymnastics to a community that never existed until now, and fills a gap in the community by offering fantastic acoustics, beautiful hardwood floors, a walking track, a state of the art student gym, and an athletics gym.

Since opening in September 2014, the Seawolf Arena (Alaska Airlines Center) (AAC) has brought in musicians that would not normally perform in Alaska like Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley, two commencements for UAA graduates (of which tickets were sold out for 5,000 seats), women’s and men’s basketball, and the women’s State Championship Finals. The gymnastics teams and the Regional Championships bring in teams from Alaska, Washington, California, and more. Before the Alaska Airlines Center was built, the community could never have hosted these events.

The Alaska Airlines Center has allowed the community in Anchorage, AK to offer public events like gymnastic competitions for elementary and high school students, state high school basketball 2431-AkAirlinesCent-Int-20-resizedcompetitions, and the Native American Youth Olympics (normally held at the Dena’ina Center which is not suitable for sporting venues). The Native American Youth Olympics were free to the public, so having a large facility with more than enough seating and a concourse was new to Alaska.  Also having a separate gym for native artists and information booths to organize and be found was a vast improvement over the Dena’ina Center where artists were relegated to an awkward long hallway upstairs while information booths were in an event room, and a separate concrete floored room was where athletes competed.

We congratulate Alaskan Industries on another fantastic job and wish them luck as a finalist in the Sports Surface of the Year contest which closes on March 1, 2016!

 

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Alaskan Industries is Robbins’ exclusive dealer in Alaska. For more information please visit http://alaskanindustries.com/ or call them at 1-800-541-7623.

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New Sports Center in Round Rock supports city motto as “Sports Capital of Texas”

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The Round Rock Sports Center had one goal in mind when they opened its doors to the public for the 1st time in January 2014- to attract the best athletes and biggest events in Texas. Now moreRRSC_Interior-resized than a year later- they are doing just that. The new facility, located in Round Rock, TX whose motto is the “Sports Capital of Texas”, is now serving thousands of athletes a week. From AAU  basketball & volleyball teams, to summer camps, to expos & conferences, the Round Rock Sports Center has proven itself to be a valuable contributor to the Round Rock community.

Robbins exclusive dealer in the area, NAH Sports Flooring, installed & finished the new floors, while working closely with RRSC and the architectural firm, Marmon Mok, as well. When asked why Robbins flooring was chosen for the new facility, Brian Stillman, Operations Coordinator, said “We knew during pre-construction that we wanted the Sports Center to be a top of the line athletic facility, and that the floor itself would be the crown jewel of the complex. With our history in the field we knew that Robbins was the company that would make that happen”.

The impressive 82,500 sq. ft. state of the art facility features more than 50,000 sq ft. of Robbins Bio Cushion Classic sports flooring for 6 basketball & 12 volleyball courts, as well as 10,000 sq. ft. of Sportwood Ultra Star in 9 multi-purpose rooms. The new facility is home to various youth basketball & volleyball leagues, hosts hundreds of tournaments throughout the year, and serves as a space for events, concerts, and speaking engagements. Year over year, Robbins dealers install thousands of new sports floors. In a photo 5 cover plates-resizedspace like Round Rock, the flexibility of the floor is equally important as the safety. Choosing the right floor to fit the needs of the space is critical during the planning process. Understanding how the space will be used, while also considering the effects a floor can have on athletic performance, will lead to less problems down the road & a satisfied customer. When asked how they would rate the quality of the floors and what the reaction from athletes has been, Stillman stated “10! To be a high end facility we had to have a high end floor. Our core users are AAU basketball and volleyball teams, and we wanted to make sure that our floor had good bounce, was low-impact to the joints, and that there were no ‘dead spots’. The Bio-Cushion Classic floor has met and exceeded all of those expectations. The players and coaches absolutely love playing on our floor.  Most all of them have played on lesser quality floors at other venues, and they always want to come back and play here after they have been here for the first time”.

The Round Rock Sports Center is truly an impressive facility for recreational and competitive youth sports programs. It continues to receive recognition both locally, and nationally, for its outstanding design and contribution to athletic programs. RRSC was a finalist in the Robbins 2014 Sports Surface of the Year Contest, and is featured in the June Architectural Showcase issue in Athletic Business magazine.

From basketball leagues to wedding expos, Round Rock Sports Center will continue to support the city’s efforts to remain as the “Sports Capital of Texas” by promoting youth sports programs & community events for many Round Rock generations to come.

 

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Customer Testimonial Video- Friar’s Club of Cincinnati

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We sat down with Annie Timmons, Executive Director of the Friar’s Club of Cincinnati, to discuss her experience with Robbins and their new basketball floor installed in June 2014. The Friar’s Club of Cincinnati recently moved to their new home next to Roger Bacon High School, allowing them to serve hundreds of local youth in the community. The new facility features 25,000 sq ft of Robbins Bio-Channel Star flooring which makes up 4 regulation high school basketball and volleyball courts and was installed by our exclusive dealer, Cincinnati Floor Company. In addition to hardwood, the new facility also features 7,500 sq ft of Galaxy weight room flooring in the adjoining fitness center. Since 1860, the Friar’s Club of Cincinnati has provided sports and youth development programs to local students the community, providing them with “a safe place to go and getting them off the streets”. Currently more than 700 students are enrolled in the sports programs and according to Ms. Timmons, the new building will allow them to serve more than double or triple students in the coming year.

The quality of a Robbins sports floor is not only known, but felt. As stated by Ms. Timmons, “Anytime you have someone on the floor all the time, whether its the referees or kids playing, it’s important to have a good quality floor. Robbins floors have been great. With the kids playing on it everyday, the referees have talked to me about shin splints and all the injuries you can have from pounding the floor everyday. They think the floor is great and not just the look of the floor, but the quality and the feel of the floor for the kids and the officials”.

We are excited to be a part of such a great community program, and even more excited they are pleased with the floor! Thank you to Cincinnati Floor Company for doing such a wonderful job in the installation and finish of the floors in the new facility.

To learn more about the Friar’s Club of Cincinnati, or to learn how you can help support the sports programs and Cincinnati youth, visit their website at http://www.friarsclubinc.org/.

 

Customer Testimonial Video- UC Recreation Center

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We sat down with Jayme Johnson, Coordinator of Facility Operations at the UC Rec Center, to discuss their experience with Robbins floor products since the facility opened in 2006. The University of Cincinnati Recreation Center houses 6 full size basketball courts, 1 run/ jog track, a large weight room area with Pulastic flooring, and 3 aerobics rooms, and was installed by our exclusive dealer, Cincinnati Floor Company. The versatility of Robbins sports flooring products helps college recreation centers better serve their current students & staff, while also serving as a recruiting tool for new students. As stated by Mr. Johnson, “Since opening our facility, the membership numbers have increased dramatically. Each year there are more and more people using the facility. I believe the floors holding up is a true testament to the durability that Robbins provides.”

Robbins on site in Beijing for the 37th annual NBA Global Games pre-season tour

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In the last stop of the Pre-Season NBA Global games, the Brooklyn Nets will take on the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 15th at The MasterCard Center in Beijing. Greg Pierce, Portables Manager at Robbins Sports Surfaces, arrived in Beijing onNBA--China-Floor-4-resized October 9th to oversee the installation of the new portable floor that will be used for the game. The new floor, a Robbins All Star Plus portable, was shipped to Beijing from the manufacturing plant in Ishpeming, MI. The floor was built entirely in the US plant, with the exception of the graphic decals and finish which were applied onsite in Beijing.

This is the 10th year China has participated in the NBA Global Games. Robbins was onsite both last year and this year to help improve the coordination and efficiency of the setup and installation of the floor. John Puening, Manager of Product R&D, traveled to the Philippines and Taiwan last year to oversee the installation. John was able to experience first-hand the excitement and devotion from loyal NBA fans on a global level “I was extremely proud to represent Robbins in helping the NBA bring their games to markets that don’t always get to experience the games live. International fans love the NBA and the excitement is really great to see.”

We wish both the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings great luck in the upcoming game, and to all of the NBA teams throughout the 2014-15 season!NBA--China-Floor-2-resized

Source: NBA.com/global/

Click here to learn more about the All Star Portable flooring system, or contact us at 1-800-543-1913 to speak with a Robbins representative in your area.

 

 

About Robbins:

Robbins Sports Surfaces is the premier supplier of high performance hardwood and synthetic sports flooring systems to the arena, education, religious and fitness markets. Robbins has built basketball courts for 21 out of the past 25 NBA champions. Over 90% of all NBA teams have relied on Robbins for their competition and training facilities. In more than 65 nations around the world athletes compete and practice on millions of square meters of Robbins sports flooring. Professional and amateur alike know that when they play on a high performance Robbins’ system they’ll be able to play at peak levels, safely and comfortably.

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Ask the Expert: A Q&A on sanding and refinishing your gymnasium floor.

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Is it time for a gym floor makeover? In part 2 of our Q&A session, Kevin Price answers all the questions gym floor owners have about sanding and refinishing their floors.kevin price- head shot- cropped

1. How often should you sand & refinish a gymnasium floor? A gymnasium floor should be sanded and refinished every 10 years, however, this is simply a guideline.  If there is chipping or flaking of finish, it might be time for a sanding.  There are also other signs that a professional flooring contractor can look for in determining if the floor needs to be sanded.  Finally, at the higher education institutions, typically a coaching change will bring about the need for a sand and refinish as well as often times the new coach has his own thoughts and ideas for graphics.

2. How long does it take to sand & refinish a floor? I would say that a typical sand and refinish will take 3 to 4 weeks, this includes cure time for the finish.  This, of course, depends on the amount of striping.  The more striping, the longer the process.  In addition, the type of finished used (oil vs. water) may affect the duration.

3. What noticeable signs are there that signifies that a floor is ready for a sand & refinish?  Typically if the existing finish is cracking or peeling it might be time. Another sign is if the floor is ambering. From a professional standpoint, ambering should not be used as a sign to determine if the floor needs to be sanded.  The key sign is if the floor is chipping or flaking.Hofstra-University---Bio-Channel-LP-Milburn-2014-(19)-resized

4. Just because a floor is ambered, does that mean that it needs to be re-sanded?  See answer above.

5. What is the range of cost for a sand & refinish? A good range for a sand and refinish is $2.00 – $3.00/per square foot, and will vary based on size of floor, location, paint/stain detail, etc… The types of finish, court graphics, and time of year also plays a role in the total cost. *Note: The cost range should be used for budgeting purposes only. For accurate pricing, please contact your local Robbins dealer.  

6. What is the daily maintenance of a floor after it has been sanded & refinished?  The best course of action is to dust-mop the floor as many times daily as possible.  Make sure that you do not use a dust-mop treatment as they often will have some type of oil.  If you have a spill, you may need to mop it up but we would strongly encourage you to dry the floor after you mop it.  Remember, water and wood do not mix.  There are also devices that are made to help “clean” a floor that have been very effective.  If there are scuff marks, you mayHofstra-University---Bio-Channel-LP-Milburn-2014-(28)-resized remove them simply by rubbing your shoe over the scuff mark or by rubbing a tennis ball over the scuff mark. For best results, refer to your finish manufacturer maintenance instructions.

7. Can you use a scrubber-vac on a wood floor?  It is Robbins and the Maple Floor Manufacturers Association (MFMA) position that scrubber vacs should not be used on a wood floor, in fact, the use of the scrubber vac on a newly installed floor will void the warranty.

8. Can you use any hardwood floor contractor to refinish the floor? Or should you choose one that specializes in sports flooring? Why?  It is my experience that you should only hire an MFMA accredited sports flooring contractor to perform a sand/stripe/refinish to your floor.  The reason why is because the flooring contractor is trained, tested and certified in the processes and procedures set forth by the finish manufacturer for a sand/stripe/refinish.  After all, this process takes time and money,  if the gymnasium is closed for longer than expected, then the athletic department or the owner are going to be scrambling to finds places for the teams to practice and play their games, often times having to pay to use a different facility.  More importantly, does an owner or athletic director want to trust the work of someone that is not qualified to protect the safety of their players?

9. How long must you wait to get back on the gym floor after the floor has been sanded and refinished?  The floor should cure for a minimum of 72 hours if using water-based finish and up to seven (7) days if using oil-modified finish.  The oil-modified finish will take longer to cure based on temperature and humidity conditions in the room, generally, the more humid the room, the longer the cure time.

About the Expert
Kevin Price is the Regional Sales Manager for the Central Region at Robbins Sports Surfaces. He has more than 14 years of experience in the sports flooring industry. Kevin joined Robbins in 2012 and prior to that, he was the Regional Manager for Robbins exclusive dealer, the Cincinnati Floor Company (CFC). During his time at CFC, Kevin gained an appreciation and love for the industry, as well as working knowledge of the installation, sanding, sealing, stripping and finishing techniques of gymnasium flooring. He attended school at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He is also an avid fan of all St. Louis sports teams.

 

Ask the Expert: A Q&A on screening and recoating your new gym floor.

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You have a new gym floor. Now what? We sat down for a Q&A with our resident expert, Kevin Price, to get answers to the questionskevin price- head shot- cropped we hear the most from new gym floor owners. Kevin had so much great advice to keep your gym floor looking great, that we have broken our Q&A session into 3 parts. In Part 1, he answers all your questions about screening and recoating a floor.

1. What is a screen & recoat? A screen and recoat is when the contractor comes in and slightly abrades the floor and applies 1 to 2 coats of finish to the floor.  This method simply cleans up the floor.  There are a few ways to abrade the floor but the most common method is to screen it with 100 grit screen, this is called a dry-screen. There are a few companies that will use a scrubber-vac to “clean” or abrade the floor and will then apply finish over the floor, this is called a wet-screen.

2. Which method do you recommend and why?  Because we do not recommend the use of a scrubber vac, our preferred method is a dry screen.

3. How often should you screen/recoat the floor?  Depending on the use of the floor, it should be screened and recoated at a minimum of every year.  There are certain instances where a floor can be screened and recoated every other year.  The advantage is that it adds a new luster to the floor but also increases the friction characteristics of the floor, making it safer for the end user.

4. How long does it take to screen/recoat a floor?  There are a few different processes that can be used for a screen and recoat but a typical screen and recoat should take 1 to 2 days.  The finish will then need to cure, which will take 3 to 5 days depending on the finish (oil vs. water) chosen.Lakota West Recoating-resized

5. What harm is there if I only screen/recoat the floor every other year or every third year? Will it have an effect on performance of the floor, and the athlete?  The harm with not screening the floor is that the friction characteristics of the floor will break down over time, making the floor slippery.  This can become a safety concern.  Often, lack of use and/or the owner’s finances plays a role in the decision making process, however, the key ingredients are to protect the athlete and to protect the floor. Screening a floor annually, addresses both of these issues.

6. Can refinishing or recoating actually extend the life of the floor?  Absolutely!  Just like a car, if you do the preventative actions, the car will last longer.  The same holds true with the floor, the more that you protect the floor, the longer the floor will last and perform.

7. What role does safety/comfort play in decision to screen/recoat? As addressed above, the big safety concern is friction characteristics. If the finish is dull or fading, the floor will become slick. When the floor becomes slick, the possibility of injury increases.

8. What is the daily maintenance of a floor after it has been screened and recoated? The best course of action is to dust mop the floor as many times daily as possible.  Make sure that you do not use a dust mop treatment as they often will have some type of wax, which may contaminate the finish.  If you have a spill, you may need to mop it up but we would strongly encourage you to dry the floor after you mop it.  Remember, water and wood do not mix.  There are also devices that are made to help “clean” a floor that have been very effective.  If there are scuff marks, you may remove them simply by rubbing your shoe over the scuff mark or by rubbing a tennis ball over the scuff mark.  Daily maintenance includes dust mopping the floor. All finish manufacturers have their own protocol in regards to maintenance. Please consult the finish manufacturer as needed.

9. Can you use a scrubber-vac on a wood floor?  It is Robbins and the Maple Floor Manufacturers Association (MFMA) position that scrubber vacs should not be used on a wood floor, in fact, the use of the scrubber vac on a newly installed floor will void the warranty.

10. Can you use any hardwood floor contractor to screen & recoat the floor? Or should you choose one that specializes in sports flooring? Why?  It is my experience that you should only hire a MFMA accredited sports flooring contractor to perform a screen & recoat on your floor.  The reason why is because they are trained, tested and certified in the processes and procedures set forth by the finish manufacturer.  After all, the process take time and money,  if the gymnasium is closed for longer than expected, then the athletic department or the owner will be scrambling to finds places for the teams to practice and play their games, often times having to pay to use a different facility.  More importantly, does an owner or athletic director want to trust the work of someone that is not qualified to protect the safety of their players?

About the Expert
Kevin Price is the Regional Sales Manager for the Central Region at Robbins Sports Surfaces. He has more than 14 years of experience in the sports flooring industry. Kevin joined Robbins in 2012 and prior to that, he was the Regional Manager for Robbins exclusive dealer, the Cincinnati Floor Company (CFC). During his time at CFC, Kevin gained an appreciation and love for the industry, as well as working knowledge of the installation, sanding, sealing, stripping and finishing techniques of gymnasium flooring.  He attended school at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  He is also an avid fan of all St. Louis sports teams.

 

Charlotte Hornets creates a “buzz” with new floor design

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The Charlotte Hornets unveiled their brand new basketball court today at Time Warner Cable Arena just in time for draft day. The new court is a Robbins All-Star Plus portable basketball floor which features the new logo and color palette for the Hornets. Over 250 honeycomb shaped stencils were used to create the unique honeycomb stain pattern which was manufactured and finished at the Robbins flooring mill in Ishpeming, located on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The floor also features Robbins revolutionary new “no loose parts” locking system, Rapid Latch™, which is designed to speed up arena change-overs and provide the floor with a tight, monolithic appearance.

The wood playing surface is MFMA Northern Hard Maple known for its beauty and durability, and was harvested from Northern U.S. forests. The floor is designed to enhance the safety, comfort and performance of the athlete, and will absorb about 60% of an athlete’s impact energy while at the same time provide a dynamic surface for ball-bounce. The intent of the floor is to provide a surface which allows for exciting play while at the same time, reducing wear and tear on the athletes’ bodies.

The 7,000 sq ft floor took nearly 3 weeks to manufacture, and once set-up, the unique graphics took 3 weeks to complete. Robbins worked closely with the Hornets to keep the stunning new graphics under wraps for nearly 8 months until the floor was unveiled today. “We are thrilled with the look of our new Charlotte Hornets playing court,” said Hornets Senior Vice President of Marketing Seth Bennett. “Robbins did a great job with making all of the graphics on the floor stand out, especially our Hornets logo that appears at center court. Along with being visually appealing, the court is one that will also benefit our players by providing a more comfortable playing surface. We could not have asked for a better partner for the playing floor than Robbins.”

We are not the only ones excited about the new floor. Hornets fans already seem to love the new design. Within 3 hours of posting the new floor photos on Facebook, the Hornets had almost 6,000 likes and over 1,000 shares. We think it is safe to say, Hornets fans are equally “buzzed” with excitement about the floor.  Robbins was honored to have been chosen to partner with the Hornets for this exciting project. We look forward to watching the team play on the new floor and wish them great success in the 2014 – ‘15 NBA season.

Click here to learn more about the All Star Portable flooring system, or contact us at 1-800-543-1913 to speak with a Robbins representative in your area.

 

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Spurs turn up the “Heat” to win 5th NBA Championship on a Robbins floor

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Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs on winning a 5th NBA championship…and they did it all on a Robbins portable basketball floor! In a huge 104-87 win over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the 2014 NBA finals, Tim San-Antonio-Spurs-9-2012-188x158Duncan and his dream team dominated the court, proving that old fashioned teamwork & perseverance is the key to winning. Known for his emphasis on developing a team and not just an individual, coach Popovich has won more playoff games with the “Big Three” trio (Duncan, Ginobili, & Parker) than any other team in NBA history. And to top it off, Forward Kawhi Leonard was named NBA Finals MVP, being the youngest Finals MVP since 1999, when teammate Tim Duncan won the award.

The San Antonio Spurs has been a longtime customer of Robbins. After winning their 1st NBA championship in 1999, the Spurs switched to a Robbins portable floor in 2000. And recently replaced the AT&T Center arena floor with a Robbins All Star Plus in 2012. Since 2000, they have won 4 additional championships, giving them the “highest winning percentage in major pro sports since 1997”.

Robbins is extremely proud of all the teams that train and compete on our floors. With 13 of the 16 playoff teams competing and/or training on a Robbins’ floor, including the San Antonio Spurs & Miami Heat, we knew the odds were in our favor that we’d be bringing home our 23rd champion in the past 27 years! We congratulate the San Antonio Spurs on a great season and much deserved championship title. Congratulations also go to the Miami Heat for a great season and playoff run. 

Click here to learn more about the All Star Portable flooring system, or contact us at 1-800-543-1913 to speak with a Robbins representative in your area.

 

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Robbins, Inc. is the premier supplier of high performance maple and synthetic sports flooring systems to the arena, education, religious and fitness markets. In more than 60 nations around the world athletes compete and practice on millions of square meters of Robbins’ Sport Surfaces. Professional and amateur alike know that when they play on a high performance Robbins’ system they’ll be able to play at peak levels, safely and comfortably.

 

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Bridging Cultures through Sports

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As a member of our international sales and customer service division I’ve always enjoyed meeting people from different cultures and learning more about them. Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a large trade show in Europe that drew attendees from all over the world. As the visitors strolled by our exhibit space, their attention was drawn to the many banners and pictures highlighting basketball floors we’ve provided for the NBA, and large international venues like the Asian and Pan Am games. Even though there were significant language barriers at times, you could see the dawn of recognition in their eyes and the smiles on their faces as they connected famous international sports venues, NBA teams and Robbins as the provider. Then came the inevitable exclamations of “Robbins – USA – NBA – AHHHH”. Cultural barriers immediately came down as Bahrain Floor at FSB 2013we found a common connection through sports.

In fact, one gentleman from Bahrain was so excited to learn that we had supplied the sports floor in a well-known venue in his country, that he had us take a photo of him  using the banner of his floor as the backdrop so that he could share it with his friends and family at home. I was proud and humbled at the same time to see the impact our business had on him and the many others who stopped by to talk about sports floors.

Equally exciting was the opportunity to work with customers and to meet designers, architects, and builders that had specified and installed Robbins sports floors. To work with those individuals that brought a sporting venue from start to finish, using Robbins products, transported a feeling of nothing more than satisfaction. A process much like birth; from log, to lumber, to a finished stick of hard maple floor, to a project, an installation, a venue. As a result of life, I found that the satisfaction with each project was larger than me, that the entire team, shared in it, enveloped it, and was gratified by the results.

1996 Atlanta Olympics Robbins PortableWhether it’s the Little League World Series, The World Cup, or The Olympics, sports have the ability to transcend cultural differences. On the court, the pitch, or the ball diamond, political and cultural differences seem to take a back seat, at least for a little while as teams and individuals compete for the pure joy of the game. I know that I came back to the U.S. with a deeper appreciation that what I do every day makes a difference in the lives of others and helps them achieve their dreams – whether it’s for a world-class venue, or for a local school it’s a good feeling. And hey, with over 7 billion people on earth in 196 countries, there’s plenty of people to meet and plenty of work to do – I can’t be more excited!

 

Buying a Sports Surface is Serious Business – 5 Tips to a better decision

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Buying a sports surface is a big decision and can be somewhat overwhelming and confusing. After all, with proper care, you’ll be living with your decision for a long, long time, one that could span your entire professional career.javale-mcgee-confused-resized Here are some tips to help you make a better buying decision:

Tip #1 – Take a long term view
Regardless of your budget, buy the best, highest quality floor possible that you can afford….sometimes spending a few more dollars up front can pay off in the long term

  • Some floors are designed to last only 10 – 15 years, while others will last 40 years or more.
  • Some floors are designed to be renovated in place to extend their life, while others cannot.  Some may require complete tear-out & disposal at the end of their useful life, while others can be ‘retired’ in-place and a new floor simply installed over top of it.
  • All sports floors require proper care and maintenance.

Tip #2 – Make sure the product you select best matches needs of your users and your facility
There are many, many product types on the market, each of which has unique characteristics suited for specific applications.  The challenge is that there are often several different types of products that could be effectively used for the same application.  Evaluate Trade-offs like:

  • Durability vs comfort vs game play response vs estimated product life
  • Competition use or multi-purpose use
  • Uni-directional vs multi-directional activities
  • Usage rate – Number of hours per day, week, month and year

Tip #3 – Buy from a reputable firm
Do your research.  Like Tommy Callahan in Tommy Boy, tried so hard to communicate to a prospective customer“….it’s the company behind the products, not the ‘guarantee on the box’ that matters most….”.  

  • How long has the company been in business?  
  • Do they have a reputation and history for being fair in dealing with customers and vendors alike?
  • Do they have knowledgeable technical, sales and customer service staff?  
  • Do they have full-time Research and Development staff?
  • What innovations have they introduced to the market?
  • Check their product specific reference lists
  • Interview current owners with respect to their experience dealing with the company

Tip #4 – Have your floor professionally installed
No matter how good the product, you’re asking for trouble if the surface is not professionally installed by a trained, sports flooring installation firm.  

  • Like Tip # 3 above check their references. How many sports floors have they installed in the past 10 years?  
  • Check with the owners about their after-market support and care.  
  • Installing a sports surface is a specialty that requires significant training, experience and collaboration with the manufacturer, general contractor, architect and owner in order ensure a successful installation.  They are trained to identify and provide the owner with solutions to site specific challenges like:
  • concrete flatness
  • concrete moisture
  • site environmental conditions temperature and relative humidity

Tip #5 – Take care of your floor
We know budgets can get squeezed, but proper care and maintenance will add years to the life of the system and ensure that the users have a safe surface.  

While we would hope that you choose Robbins, regardless of your decision, we want you to be armed with the best possible information before you buy.  Unfortunately, we’ve seen too many projects where “buyer unaware”…… became “buyer remorse”.

Robbins pulls out an old friend to cheer on the Flying Pig runners

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Robbins is pulling out an old friend to cheer on the runners at this year’s Flying Pig Marathon. Slam-Jam Suey (aka the Sportwood Pig) was one of over 400 pigs that were created by local artists during the Big Pig Gig in the Robbins--Flying-Pig-300x225summer of 2000 in Cincinnati. The pigs were individually custom designed to represent the sponsor. Slam-Jam Suey was based on the familiar Boston Square pattern, which is comprised from Robbins Sportwood flooring system.

In addition to the colorful pig, Robbins is also participating in a local art program called “Art on the Streets” which uses a new form of street graffiti called “wheat pasting”. Robbins is one of several companies in the Cincinnati area allowing Art on the Streets to wheat paste posters created by local artists on the side of the buildings along the 26.2 mile stretch. Robbins is located at the 20 mile mark. Runners in Sunday’s race will be greeted by both Slam-Jam Suey and the unique artwork.

 

The 1,200 lb athlete…why choosing the right flooring for your horse is important.

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What kind of athlete can carry a 120 lb person on their back, while jumping over hurdles, and running at speeds up to 50mph? You guessed it! Our 4-legged hoofed friend also known as the Horse.  Durathon-Classic--Animal-225x169

I am from Kentucky. And anyone that lives in (or around) Kentucky knows that the 1st Saturday in May is Derby Day. And while attending the actual race is normally set aside for celebrities and the upper class (along with the 20 something that is ready to party…), the Kentucky Derby is a tradition. From Mint Juleps to Derby Pie, the derby showcases one of the greatest features Kentucky is known for- their Horses.  

Horses are athletes too. Although not often thought of this way, sports involving horses go way beyond the KY Derby. In the US alone, over 5 million horses are involved in some type of sport including; racing, horse shows, rodeos, etc… For many, Equestrian Sports is a full time commitment. Training and conditioning for a horse can be just as intensive as a professional basketball player.

So what does sports flooring have to do with horses? For a variety of reasons, many of our 4-legged athletes are housed in horse stalls within a stable and can spend upwards of 50% of the day in their stall. Horses can weigh anywhere from 1,000 – 2,000 pounds depending on breed. This takes a significant toll on their joints, especially since they are standing most of the day and night. Health and safety are the highest priorities for horse owners. A poorly constructed horse stall floor can lead to a slew of health issues. Solid or uneven equestrian surfaces are hard on the joints, and will delay recovery time from injuries. Absorbent floors are harder to clean and promote bacterial growth, leading to respiratory problems and illness. Surfaces without good traction and comfort can lead to injury from slips and falls.      

Spencer Proud of Abacus Sports Installations, is a specialist in the installation of equine flooring and has installed thousands of square feet for horse stalls, vet clinics, zoos, etc… I asked him what the biggest concern that Equestrians have when selecting the right flooring, “All equestrians are concerned about slip/fall protection, bio-security and cleanability. They want a system that provides a comfortable slip resistant footing, is both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and can be easily cleaned using most detergents. This benefits them- and the horses. And our systems provide that”.

Sports flooring is not a one size fits all for every athlete- even for the mammal variety of athletes. However, characteristics that make up a good sports floor for the human athlete, are very similar for our hoofed friends as well. When searching for the appropriate horse stall flooring, it is important to look for the features that will support the long term health and safety of your animals.  There are several different rubber stall mats or seamless flooring features to consider including;

  • Cushioned for Comfort & EnergyEasier on Joints & Safer during Recovery
  • Easy to CleanMaintains Proper Hygiene   
  • Durable & ResilientWithstand Weight from Horse
  • Good Traction & Slip Resistant Prevents Falls when Wet or Dry
  • Seamless & Non-Absorbent Prevents Bacterial Growth

And while your horse may not be the next Secretariat – or the favorite to win this weekend, he or she is still your highest priority. Choosing the right flooring is not an easy task. But doing your research and making the investment in the right floor will benefit you- and provide the right protection for your horse- in the long run.

For more information on flooring for Equine, Animal Hospitals, Vet Clinics, Zoos, or other animal facilities, click here to view our rubber and poured polyurethane products specially made for animals.

Abacus Sports Installations of Lancaster, PA is the exclusive Pulastic dealer for Robbins Sports Surfaces in the state of PA . For more information on Abacus Sports Installations please visit their website http://www.abacussports.com/ or call them at 800.821.4557.

UConn: Breaking Records…One Floor at a Time

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With a total of 13 championship titles combined under their belt, the Men’s and Women’s Huskies are setting records and taking names. The women completed the season with a record 9 championship wins, and a perfectGampel-Pavillion-300x225 40-0 record. The men won their 4th championship title, and although the No. 7 seed didn’t have a perfect season like the women’s team, what set them apart from No. 8 Kentucky was their ability to work together as a team.  In an interview after their win, Huskies Guard Niels Giffey stated “We had a deeper bond. It was a lot about going to the next level and playing for the university and the teammates. I am so proud of the guys that stuck with this team. We believe in ourselves and that is the only thing that mattered. I remember Shabazz after that Louisville loss, he went back in the locker room and said we are going to cut down some nets, I promise you guys. I looked into his eyes and we believed him. We knew what it would take.”

Robbins knows something about teamwork. Both the UConn Men’s and Women’s basketball teams have played their home games on a Robbins Springaire™ floor at the Gampel Pavilion since 1990. Over the past 24 years, UConn and Robbins have teamed up for not only their game floor, but several other recreational areas as well. And with the construction of a brand new 78,000 sq ft Basketball Development Center underway, the Huskies will be well equipped to continue their winning streak in the next basketball season. The Basketball Development Center, which is scheduled to open this summer, will boast 24,000 sq ft of Robbins Bio-Channel Classic flooring installed by Robbins exclusive dealer in CT, Dalene Flooring. Both the men and women’s teams will each have a court of their own to practice on.  Because of the excellence we strive for in building the best floor system on the market, at Robbins, we not only build floors, we build champions. Beneath the surface of a shiny hardwood floor with gamelines and school logos, is a well engineered subfloor consisting of just the right amount of mechanical features that provide protection for the athlete. The subfloor build-up is critical to the longterm health of the athlete since the floor can have a significant impact on joints, muscles, and the endurance of the player. Proper construction of the floor is a science, and with over 100 years of continued improvement to the mechanics of our floors, Robbins understands what is necessary to achieve a floor that not only looks great on camera, but also improves performance and enhances endurance of the athlete. For this reason, a broad list of players including; Kevin Ollie, Trey Burke, Anthony Davis, Michael Jordan, and many others not only start their career on a Robbins floor, but continue it as well.  For these reasons, we are certain with the new floor and facility, the Huskies will come out even stronger and better next season.    

We congratulate both Coach Auriemma on his achievement of the perfect season, and Coach Ollie and the UConn Huskies on a much deserved championship titles!! Let’s see if they can do it all over again in 2015!

 

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Dalene Flooring is Robbins’ exclusive dealer in So. Windsor, CT and the surrounding areas. For more information please visit http://www.daleneflooring.com/ or call them at 1- 860-289-4305.

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Case Study: Sports Center in Plano brings competitive and recreational sports opportunity to thousands of local youth each year…

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The Plano Sports Authority (also known as simply PSA) in Plano, TX provides more than 70,000 local kids with the opportunity to play a variety of sports. Their motto “Rec to Select” allows PSA-1--resizedyouth at all skills levels to participate. From basketball, to soccer, to dance, to martial arts, PSA has something for everyone. And with more than 30 Robbins basketball courts installed in 3 buildings, to say that basketball plays a large role in this non-profit is an understatement. As Bill Wadley, Chairman of the Board & Directors for PSA, described “Robbins floors played a huge part in our success. We set the standard in youth sports with the selection of the floors. Tournaments from all over the country come to compete in our facilities. And I always hear them say “Why don’t we have one of these facilities for our kids?”

In just 10 short years, 3 buildings opened, and a 4th, which is expected to open in 2015, is in the works. Wadley estimates the number of kids enrolled in a sport at all 3 current locations will increase from 70,000 to 100,000 this year. And with the addition of the 4th PSA building in 2015, that number will increase even more. When asked about why the programs at PSA has such a high number of participants, Wadley attributes it to the environment “We offer a clean and safe environment for the kids to go to play sports. And it doesn’t stop there. We also have all day summer camps where kids can experience basketball, baseball, and even drama.”

Amadeo Perez of Ponder Company, the Robbins dealer that installed the floors at all PSA locations, was asked why he thought the programs have been so successful, explained “The reason PSA continues to grow is because, while others have tried to duplicate what they do, no one does it better. From the first class facilities to the way they are run, everyone comes away with a positive experience. They are jam packed and everyone I know who has children participate at these venues, talks about how much they enjoy them. It has been, and continues to be a pleasure to work with everyone we come in contact with at PSA.”

Not only is this non-profit focused on the success of the sports programs, they are also focused on families. “Every Saturday, I stand on the side of the courts and watch all these families with their kids – they’re participating and they’re happy. Our programs really unite communities”.

The success of PSA not only shows in their number of participants, but also in their advertising sales which is estimated to bring in $300,000 – 400,000 per year in revenue. “We started out as a small non-profit with 12,000 kids. The success is there. And how did we get all this done? It is because of companies like Robbins.”

The Plano Sports Authority facilities are truly magnificent buildings for recreational and competitive sports. They brings athletes of all levels and ages together under one roof. From basketball players to cheerleaders to pre-schoolers, Plano Sports Authority’s focus on the family through sports helps bring communities and families together under one roof, and will continue to offer many future generations the same opportunity for years to come.

Ponder Company is Robbins’ exclusive dealer in Plano, TX and surrounding areas. For more information please visit http://ponder.com or call them at (972) 248-9001.

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BLOG: Why the Determination to win is the better part of winning…

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We are creatures of habit. We all know this. I, for example, have the habit of venturing into places that are “off limits” to most. I find myself in restaurant kitchens, behind retail counters, or behind a bar to fix myself a drink when the waiter is too slow. Some may see this as impatience, but I prefer to think of it as determination. So, it was no surprise when I found myself this past weekend in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum at SMU, because this ‘habit’ of mine had kicked SMU--Moody-Coliseum-MVP-3-2014-(9)in. I was determined to see the new basketball floor we had just installed.

This series of events began last week at the annual MFMA – Maple Flooring Manufacturer’s Association – conference in San Antonio. I was scheduled to be there from Wednesday to Saturday and then meet my wife in Dallas to visit my son and his girlfriend for a day or two. It would be a short visit, but we wanted to take advantage of the time while we could. On Sunday we all took a tour of the George W. Bush Presidential Museum, which is adjacent to SMU’s campus. While there, I asked my son to take me to the Moody Coliseum to see the new MVP court that our dealer, Ponder Company, had just installed. When we arrived all the doors were locked. There was neither games nor practice being held, so there was no reason for the building to be open. Clearly, the stadium was not meant to be open to the public, but as I saw one door wide open, I decided – like everything else –this was clearly an invitation for me to come inside. I went in long enough to get a few pictures that I was happy with, and was leaving satisfied with my visit. However, on my way out, I ran into two Mustang basketball players. I did not know who they were, and wearing only khakis and a plain sweater myself, they had no way of knowing who I was. With this anonymity in mind, I began asking a few simple questions.

The conversation was not long, as we all had other things to get to. But I was able to ask them briefly what they thought of the newly installed basketball court. They responded that they have really “loved playing on it”, and that they “feel good” on the floor. I then proceeded to tell the two men, that this specific basketball court (the MVP) is designed with athletes in mind to reduce frequency of injuries, enhance players’ performance, create consistency throughout the game, etc. And as I was explaining these features of the court, I could see a look of disbelief in each of their faces. These looks were then confirmed with verbal statements saying they had no idea that there was technology in place for courts to be designed like that. After a few more exchanges of words we said our goodbyes and continued on with our day.

The brief and candid conversation is what brought me here to writing this blog. Not only is our goal to design and manufacture basketball courts to enhance the players’ performance, but also to educate anyone and everyone whose performance is directly correlated with the quality of the court. Of course, whoever makes the final decision to purchase a court is aware of the benefits of buying a Robbins gym floor, but ultimately, the people who need to be most informed, are the people who are using the court every single day. Now, I’m not going to write another page going into the specifics and technicality of our courts. But, I will give you links at the end of this blog to direct you to sources containing information not only about our gym floors, but also the requirements of ALL maple basketball courts from the MFMA website.

On the surface, this ‘habit’ of mine seems as if I am constantly seeking trouble; but in actuality, it is a habit of DETERMINATION, a habit of finding solutions, a habit of expanding knowledge, both my own, and anyone who is willing to listen to me. And so, my hope is that after reading this, that my passion for expanding knowledge will have taught you if nothing else, that our determination for quality flooring results in providing you with the best sports flooring available on the market today.

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BLOG: Not your Momma’s fieldhouse: How the role of the college fieldhouse is rapidly changing

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The college fieldhouse of today looks very different than it did 30, or even 20 years ago.  It is expanding. And not just a little- a lot- I mean literally “I ate so much I nearly split my pants” growing. For years colleges have

been upgrading classrooms and labs, building campus rec centers, adding academic programs, and the “never can have enough” parking spaces. And now, they are breaking the “dome” ceiling and using the new fieldhouse design to create a space for both students and community.

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The College at Brockport: Special Events Recreation Center- Durathon Elite

For students, what was once mostly used for the competitive college athlete, is now home to track meets, intramural sports, tennis, volleyball/basketball tourneys, and student socials. These facilities open up greater opportunities for the average student who just wants to enjoy intramural sports or is part of a non-athletic team or club.

For communities; corporate fitness programs, special events like banquets, trade shows, or concerts, dance competitions…are just a few examples of how communities are using the 21st century fieldhouse. Equipped with abundant seating and state of the art concession stands, these modern fieldhouses are an attractive option for event planners. Athletic departments are also hosting youth sports camps which not only benefit young athletes, but helps the departments raise funds for other needs. And what kid wouldn’t want to attend sports camp at the same school where their favorite college quarterback or point guard goes? That’s a no brainer!

So what does all this mean for you? Let’s assume if you are reading this blog you are likely to be interested in some form of sports flooring. It is important to remember that not all surfaces are created equal. Meaning, different floor types are used for different purposes. Hence the reason maple is typically used for basketball since it is has the perfect combination of resiliency, surface friction, and hardness. However, maple is not always the recommended choice. In a fieldhouse like the one I just described, we would highly recommend a synthetic surface. Synthetic flooring comes in all shapes and sizes. There is rubber, padded polyurethane, vinyl, plastic tiles, just to name a few.  I know what you’re saying. A “few” Jamie? Really? Okay, there are a lot of options for field house flooring out there. So how will you know which surface is right for you?

Purchasing a new sports floor is a big deal. It requires time and effort to research the various surfaces available, and the right one for your facility. I mean, let’s face it. You wouldn’t buy a pair of shoes without trying them on, so you’re selection of a sports floor shouldn’t be any different. A few things to consider when searching for the right floor:

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Macalester College- Durathon Elite & Pulastic SP

  1. What is the primary purpose of the building? Will it be a multi-purpose facility for recreation? Or will it be used for competitions or track meets?
  2. What activities will take place on the floor? Basketball? Volleyball? Soccer? Fitness? Track? If track- will the athletes wear cleats? If so, you will need a spike proof surface to prevent damage from the cleats.
  3. Are the right decision makers involved? The track coach, the facility manager, campus recreation director, etc… It is important to have someone on the selection committee that understands surface friction, injury prevention, comfort, etc…
  4. What is your maintenance budget and cleaning expectations? Some surfaces require more hours of labor in cleaning.
  5. What is your expectation of the life expectancy of the floor or building? Some floors will last longer than others.
  6. Do you have environmental concerns? For example, California has strict regulations with regards to urethane and top coat paints.
  7. What is your color or logo needs? Darker colors are easier to maintain and clean. Therefore, if your school colors are white and blue, you may choose blue as your primary color, with white as an accent.
  8. Will you have bleachers or seating on top of the floor? Will you have other heavy equipment on the floor at times (i.e. stages or lifts for events). Not all floors are made to withstand heavy equipment or bleachers, but some are. Knowing that up front is critical in the selection process.

I know this list seems daunting, and I’m not going to lie, it is a long process. But just like the athlete trains to compete and is rewarded with a win- your time and effort will also pay off in the end. You will have an outstanding facility that students and the community will flock to, and a floor that is safe, durable, and versatile enough to reach the masses.  

In the words of the great Michael Jordan “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

The RIGHT people + The RIGHT Information = The RIGHT Decision

 

Case Study: UTEP: Making history, one floor at a time…

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A case study by Athletic Management Magazine.

When it comes to making changes at the University of Texas at El Paso’s Don Haskins Center–named for the legendary basketball coach whose 1966 national championship-winning team was the inspiration behind the film Glory Road–there is UTEP--Robbins-Bio-Channel-Classic-2014-(3)-resizeda lot of history to consider. Fortunately, the longstanding relationship between UTEP and Robbins Sports Surfaces made the recent selection and installation of the Bio-Channel Classic surface an easy and positive process.

A proven model by Robbins, the Bio-Channel Classic combines the structural and dimensional stability of an anchored flooring system with the safety and comfort of resilient sports flooring. This surface was used in the Don Haskins Center before, and the facilities team found it to be so beneficial, they ordered a second one…. read the full article at Athletic Management

PR: New logo, new floor, new conference… Creighton Blue Jays off to a good start in the Big East!

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Creighton University made its official move into the Big East Conference on July 1, 2013, and for the Blue Jays, joining a new conference wasn’t the only big change they had in mind. During a public ceremony last month at the CenturyLink Center, the Blue creighton blue jays new floor-2Jays unveiled their new Men’s basketball floor, a Robbins All Star Plus portable, along with a brand new logo design as well. Creighton, who has been a long-time supporter of Robbins, had their first Robbins floor installed in 1983. Additionally, Creighton installed a Robbins Bio-Channel Star system at the Ryan Athletic Center in 2012, which is home to the Women’s Volleyball and Basketball teams.

Robbins is not the only ones excited to see the Blue Jays enter the Big East Conference. The combination of the new floor, logo, and conference has stirred up quite a bit of buzz, and hope, for this Midwest school. The men’s basketball team was a runner up for the USA Today Coaches Poll Top-25, along with the women’s volleyball team which was also just outside the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top-25. And not only are the Blue Jays teams making quite a name for themselves, but so are individual players, most notably, Doug McDermott. McDermott, in his senior year, has passed up an opportunity to enter the NBA in order to compete in his final collegiate season with fellow teammates and coach, who happens to be his father, Greg McDermott. The Bleacher Report, did a ranking of “The Most Unguardable Players in NCAA Basketball for 2013-14 Season”, and McDermott was their number one choice. Between his “quick release, and mind-numbing shooting accuracy”, means that it will be hard to find a defense competitive enough to stop him.

Maximizing performance and minimizing athletic injuries in athletes like Doug is Robbins’ highest priority. Robbins knows the importance of a well designed sports floor and the effect it has on performance and safety of the athlete. For this reason, the 30 year relationship with the Creighton Blue Jays is no coincidence.  They understand Robbins commitment to continuously advancing the technology that goes into the development of sports floors, so that any and all athletes are performing at their most competitive level. Robbins strives to develop champions with each floor installed,creighton blue jays new floor-3 and believes that Creighton University is developing champions with each Robbins floor they play on.

With that, Robbins congratulates Creighton on joining the Big East Conference and wishes good luck to all the Creighton teams in the coming season! Go Blue Jays!

Click here to learn more about the All Star Portable flooring system, or contact us at 1-800-543-1913 to speak with a Robbins representative in your area.

 

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PR: Miami Heat wins back-to-back NBA Championships on a Robbins floor

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Congratulations to the Miami Heat on winning a back-to-back and 3rd NBA championship…and they did it all on a Robbins portable floor! In a huge win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA finals, Lebron James lead his team to victory with a 95-88Miami Heat- Robbins All Star Portable (2)-resizedwin over the Spurs. James also earned the coveted regular season MVP and the Finals MVP for the 2nd year in a row, becoming just the third player to win the regular season MVP and Finals MVP in the same season multiple times. Only Michael Jordan and Larry Bird had accomplished that until this year. Not bad for a guy who has played his entire professional career on a Robbins court.

Miami Heat, a longtime believer in Robbins technology and quality, has owned two Robbins’ portable flooring systems playing every season on a Robbins’ court – from their debut in 1988 at the Miami Arena, to last night’s championship win at the American Airlines Arena, the Heat have consistently played and won on a Robbins portable floor.

At Robbins, our focus isn’t just about the number of basketball teams that play on our floors, it’s about the number of champions that are developed along the way. Our commitment to the long term health, safety, and performance of the athlete is our purpose. Designing and building the best sports floors in the industry is our passion.

Robbins is extremely proud of all the teams that train and compete on our floors.  With 12 of the 16 playoff teams, including the San Antonio Spurs, competing and/or training on a Robbins’ floor, we knew the odds were in our favor that we’d be bringing home our 22nd champion in the past 26 years!

We congratulate the Miami Heat and LeBron on a great season and much deserved championship title. Congratulations also go to the San Antonio Spurs for a great season and playoff run. 

Click here to learn more about the All Star Portable flooring system, or contact us at 1-800-543-1913 to speak with a Robbins representative in your area.

 

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PR: Oregon State University selects Robbins MVP for new state-of-the-art practice facility

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What do Texas A&M, the Toronto Raptors, and now Oregon State University all have in common? They all practice on the most innovative sports floor on the market- Robbins MVP. OSU-MVP-mens-resized

After 3 years and $11 million in fundraising, the new $15 million practice facility was unveiled to the public this week during the official opening ceremony on June 11th. The impressive 34,500 sq ft, 4 story facility features two Robbins MVP basketball courts on the first and third floors for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The second and fourth floors include coach and program staff offices that offer panoramic views of the new courts. Both the men’s and women’s MVP floors feature the new Beaver’s logo as well, which was officially released earlier this year. 

Oregon State’s new floors were installed by Robbins dealer in Oregon, Brandsen Hardwood Floors. Practice in the new facility will not officially begin until late July, however the initial feedback has been very positive. Terry Brandsen, Project Consultant for the Oregon State project, stated  “I have been very pleased with this floor. It is one of the quietest floors we have ever installed, and virtually zero creaking & OSU-womens court- MVP-resizedpopping that is typically associated with many other gym floor types!”. Robbins knows the importance of a well designed sports floor and the effect it has on performance and safety. The fatiguing effects of vibration on athletic performance are well understood in other sports like running, skiing, and swimming. Only Robbins has applied that understanding to improve sports flooring designs for athletes of all ages, sizes and abilities. The human body is a highly sophisticated system that responds to impact force through muscle adaptation, or “muscle tuning” to significantly reduce vibrations. When muscle vibrations are controlled, player comfort is improved and energy is conserved. Less fatigue means athletes stay fresher, longer….which is what Robbins’ MVP flooring system delivers.

Click here to learn more about the MVP sports flooring system, or contact us at 1-800-543-1913 to speak with a Robbins representative in your area.  

Robbins is honored to be the #1 flooring choice for the Oregon State Beaver’s and we wish them great luck in the upcoming season!

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Brandsen Hardwood Floors is Robbins’ exclusive dealer in the Portland, OR area. For more information please visit http://brandsenhardwood.com/ or call them at 1-503-775-0034.

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PR: Robbins Announces 2013 SSOTY Winner!

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Facebook and Twitter fans alike recently decided the fate of the 6 finalists chosen by Robbins in the annual Sports Surface of the Year contest. Fans from Robbins Twitter and Facebook pages voted from April 22nd – May 3rd for their favorite facility by “Liking” the photo on Facebook, and “Re-tweeting” the photo on Twitter. More than 1,700 votes were cast, and with many lead changes along the way, Supreme Courts of Naperville, IL edged out the

University of Michigan, winning by only 13 votes! The was the closest contest to date in Robbins SSOTY history! 

The most surprising finalist support came from the Akron Field House renovation at Akron High School in Akron Colorado. In a town with a population of only 1,700, and enrollment of only 120 students TOTAL, Akron Field House brought in 185 + votes and 55 shares on Facebook. Surprising enough, they actually held the lead for the first few days rallying the entire community before succumbing to their larger rivals.  

Congratulations to Steve Fantuzzi at Floors, Inc. and Supreme Courts for being crowned Robbins 2013 SSOTY. We also want to thank all the fans who voted, and congratulate all the finalists that worked extremely hard on their entries and the facilities in recognition!

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Robbins opens voting for the 2013 SSOTY contest! Vote for your favorite facility and be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card!

Robbins recently opened voting for the annual Sports Surface of the Year contest. 6 finalists were chosen and the winner will be determined by Facebook fans and Twitter followers! To vote, fans will go to Robbins Facebook and Twitter pages and find the photo of the facility they want to vote for. To vote on Twitter, simply Re-Tweet the photo and Follow Robbins. To vote on Facebook, simply “Like” the photo and “Like” Robbins. The contest runs from April 22nd at Noon (EDT) to May 3rd at Noon (EDT).

One lucky fan from both will win a $100 Visa gift card just for voting!!

The 6 finalists include:

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Congratulations to all the finalists that worked extremely hard on their entries and the facilities in recognition. Don’t miss out on your chance to win and be a part of voting history!

Facebook & Twitter Voting and Prizes: Beginning at Noon (EDT) on Monday April 22nd, 2013 and continuing through Noon (EDT) Friday May 3rd, 2013 online voting will take place on Robbins Facebook & Twitter pages. The finalist with the most “Likes” on Facebook, combined with the most “Re-Tweets” on Twitter will determine the winner of the 2013 Sports Surface of the Year contest. One lucky voter from both Facebook and Twitter (non Robbins employee) will be chosen at random to receive a $100 Visa gift card. Winners will be announced and notified the week of May 6th.

Louisville Cardinals has a floor fit for a CHAMPION

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At Robbins, it’s not just about the # of basketball teams that play on our floors, it’s about the # of champions that are developed along the way. Designing and building the best sports floors in the industry is our passion, as well as our commitment to the long term health and performance of the athlete. For the University of Louisville Cardinals, this was never more critical than in the current 2012-’13 season when the #1 Oteam in the nation defeated Michigan to win their 3rd NCAA Championship Title. In an interview with ESPN immediately following the championship game, Coach Pitino commented on the strength of his team by saying “This team is one of the most together, toughest and hard-nosed teams,” the coach said. “Being down never bothers us. They just come back.”  And what amazing come backs we have seen! Having their fair share of obstacles along the way, the Cardinals showed what true determination and strength look like after losing #5 Kevin Ware just 1 week before the final four from a horrific leg injury. Instead of giving up, they pushed through beating Duke 85-63 and advancing to the final four. In the last 2 final games against Wichita State and then Michigan, Louisville was down more than 12 points at halftime during both games, only to come back in the 2nd half and win.

Both the Louisville men’s and women’s basketball teams play their home games at the KFC Yum! Center which opened in 2010 with a brand new arena for the city of Louisville and the university. When it was time to choose a floor for the new facility, Coach Pitino specifically asked for the same floor that the Charlotte Bobcats play on. That floor is a Robbins All Star Plus portable floor system. Since 2010, Louisville has consistently gotten stronger, making it all the way to the final four in 2012, and finally bringing home a 3rd NCAA championship title in 2013. Louisville won all of their home games except 1 this past season- and they did it all on a Robbins floor.

Robbins had other reasons to cheer during the NCAA tournament. Of the 4 men’s teams that made it to the final four, 3 of those teams play on a Robbins court including Michigan, Wichita State, and of course Louisville. In addition, both remaining women’s teams, UConn and Louisville, which compete in the Women’s NCAA tournament tonight, also play on Robbins floors. Because of the excellence we strive for in building the best floor system on the market, at Robbins, we not only build floors, we build champions. Beneath the surface of a shiny hardwood floor with gamelines and school logos, is a well engineered subfloor consisting of just the right amount of mechanical features that provide protection for the athlete. The subfloor build-up is critical to the longterm health of the athlete since the floor can have a significant impact on joints, muscles, and the endurance of the player. Proper construction of the floor is a science, and with over 100 years of continued improvement to the mechanics of our floors, Robbins understands what is necessary to achieve a floor that not only looks great on camera, but also improves performance and enhances endurance of the athlete. For this reason, a broad list of players including; Luke Hancock, Trey Burke, Anthony Davis, Michael Jordan, and many others not only start their career on a Robbins floor, but continue it as well.  

We congratulate Coach Pitino and the Cardinals on a great season and much deserved championship title. Let’s see if we can bring home another Robbins victory tonight when the Cardinals take on the Huskies in the Women’s NCAA championship game!!

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Cincinnati Floor Company is Robbins’ exclusive dealer in Louisville, KY and the surrounding areas. For more information please visit http://cincinnatifloor.com or call them at 1-800-886-4501.

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Robbins, Inc. is the premier supplier of high performance maple and synthetic sports flooring systems to the arena, education, religious and fitness markets. In more than 60 nations around the world athletes compete and practice on millions of square meters of Robbins’ Sport Surfaces. Professional and amateur alike know that when they play on a high performance Robbins’ system they’ll be able to play at peak levels, safely and comfortably.

For more information about Robbins All Star Plus sports flooring systems,  visit http://www.robbinsfloor.com/products/portable-floors-2/ or contact Robbins Portable Manager by completing our contact form.

 

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Robbins installs new portable floor for 2013 Central American Games in Costa Rica

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The 2013 Central American Games recently opened in San Jose, Costa Rica to more than 2,700 athletes from 7 participating countries, competing in more than 25 different sports. Robbins installed almost 10,000 sq. feet of the ALL STAR™ PLUS portable flooring system, the same floor also used by most NBA teams. Robbins top of the line portable basketball court, All Star Plus, is manufactured and fully assembled in Robbins US plant located in Ishpeming, MI. San-Jose---Costa-Rica--All-Star-Plus (1)-resized

The Central American Games is a regional championship event held every 4 years, typically in the first year after the Summer Olympics. The Games are open for member federations of the Central American Sports Organization, and will run from March 3-17, 2013. This year marks the tenth year for the Central American Games and the 1st year that Costa Rica has hosted the event. This was also the first time Costa Rica hosted an international event of this magnitude, while also building and completing the new sports complex in record time. In attendance at the inauguration ceremony was the President of Costa Rica, Ms. Laura Chinchilla, and the mayor of San Jose Mr. Johnny Araya. During the inauguration ceremony President Chinchilla complimented the new floor saying it was the “most featured novelty in the magnificent new facility”.  The new coliseum named Ciudad Deportiva,  is located in Hatillo 2, a community of San Jose. It will be home to all basketball, volleyball, handball and futsal championship events during the games.

For more information about Robbins All Star Plus portable basketball court, visit the webpage here, or call us at 1-800-543-1913, email us at [email protected], or complete the online contact form.

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Remembering the life of Jim Stoehr…

A special message from our President & CEO, Mr. Jay Stoehr about the passing of his Father and friend, Jim Stoehr:

Valued customers, vendors, business contacts, association members and friends:

Below is the obituary for my father, Jim Stoehr whom passed away on February 12th at the age of 83. He was a loving husband, brother, father, and grandfather. He was also aJames Stoehr Jr. Picture-resized true friend and trusted business partner to many of you.

The Stoehr family and Robbins mourn the loss of Jim but focus on the lasting legacy that he created for Robbins, Inc. Jim loved the wood flooring industry and he loved all the people of Robbins. Many remember Jim for his quick wit and thoughtful and innovative ideas. He was so proud of the people within the organization and their dedication allowing Robbins to be successful in leading the recreational and residential industries to new heights.

Jim has been retired from an active position with Robbins for many years and was proud of his position as Chairman Emeritus. An honorary title that was presented to him in 2009.

Thanks to all of you for sharing in Jim’s life. He appreciated your partnership, business and friendship.

Kind Regards,
Jay Stoehr

 

Remembering the life of Jim Stoehr

James “Jim” Harkness Stoehr Jr. died on February 12, 2013 at the age of 83. He was born in Cincinnati, OH on May 23, 1929 to James and Martha Mundy Stoehr and resided in Terrace Park, OH. During summers as a teenager, Jim attended the Culver Academy Summer Naval School, where he developed a lifelong passion for sailing. Jim graduated from Walnut Hills High School and then went on to study at Brown University, where he graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

Jim enlisted in the US Air Force Cadet Pilot Training Program immediately after graduating from Brown. His initial flight training was in a World War II era fighter plane and then multi-engine aircraft.

Upon completion of training, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant flight officer in October 1952 at Vance Air Force Base, Edin, Oklahoma. After receiving his wings, Jim completed operational training at Lawson AFB, Columbus, GA (near the big Army base of Ft. Benning) flying the C-46 Troop Carrier aircraft, a twin engine WW II work horse still used during the Korean war. Jim was transferred overseas to Brady Air Force Base located near the town of Fukuoka in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. There, Jim’s squadron supported troops fighting in Korea, mostly ferrying personnel and supplies and flying some combat air patrol night flare drops for fighter ground attacks. Jim was involved with the evacuation of the US Embassy personnel from Hanoi at the close of the first Vietnam (Indo China) War after the French were defeated (approximately 1954).

After the Korean War, Jim was transferred to the Air Force base at Norman, Oklahoma and transitioned to fly the latest Air Force cargo plane, the C-119, for training prior to being transferred to Everux Air Base in France. He was a 1st lieutenant by then. At the time, Jim was too junior to be a C-119 plane captain, but as luck would have it, on the eve of departure to France one of the planes captains had a family problem and was excused from the mission. The squadron commander selected Jim to replace him even though he hadn’t been promoted to Captain as yet. So, again, Jim was a plane commander, this time flying it to Europe. He spent the next year flying to almost every country in Europe, the Mid-East and Africa. Jim earned the Air Medal for his service in Korea and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant. He joined Cincinnati Floor Company in 1955, the family business that was started by his grandfather, Robert A. Stoehr in 1894. His family and many of the carpenters employed by the firm were of German heritage and took great pride in their work. High quality was an absolute necessity and remedial repairs to satisfy the customer was an important part of the culture. This aspect has remained intact for over one hundred years. They took great pride in the quality of their work and treating customers with respect. Jim served as President of Cincinnati Floor Company and he, along with his cousin Bob Stoehr, ran the company until 1988. In 1977 they bought the company’s largest supplier, Robbins Incorporated. Jim’s background in engineering and the contracting business, along with his keen business mind, played a major role in the development of Robbins. His passion for innovation and development of new and promotable products was unbridled. Under his leadership, Robbins Inc. became the leader in the sports surfaces industry. He also grew the organization by developing the Robbins Hardwood Flooring division, which produced quality residential and commercial flooring. In 1997 Robbins, Inc. became the 2nd largest hardwood flooring manufacturer in the US.

Robbins, Inc. continues to manufacture maple flooring for the sports and recreational industry from its plants in White Lake, WI and Ishpeming, MI.

Jim served many associations throughout his life. Past presidencies include: the Cincinnati Chapter of Gyro International, the National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association, and the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association. He also served as vice-president of his fraternity, Psi Upsilon. Jim has held membership in numerous clubs including University Club, Camargo Club, Cincinnati Country Club, and Miami Boat Club.

He is survived by Margot Stoehr, his wife of 29 years, along with three children, James (Amy), Katherine Mohrlang (Durell) and Thomas; his two stepsons, John (Meredith) and Philip Ficks; his sister, Diggie Funke (Bill); his six grandchildren, James, Sydney, Madeline, Gretchen Stoehr, Machaela and Devon Mohrlang.

Jim was a lover of life, builder of businesses, a devoted husband, father and grandfather and a true friend to many. He loved spending time in Michigan as well as Boca Grande, FL with Margot. His passions included golf, sailing, paddle tennis, skiing with family, friends and the “Ski Bums” as well as thinking of new business concepts and ideas. His energy was boundless. He was a man of his word, had true integrity, and always a gentleman.

A Memorial Service was held on February 23rd at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, PO Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263; Camping and Education Foundation, 3515 Michigan Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208; or the Cincinnati Zoo, 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220. Online condolences can be made at schaeferbusbyfuneralhome.com. Schaefer, Busby and Doyle Funeral Home are serving the family. http://www.schaeferbusbyfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/1497606/Stoehr-James/index.php

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Cleveland Cavaliers get new portable basketball floor just in time for opening game against the Washington Wizards

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In addition to their season opener win on Tuesday against the Washington Wizards, the Cleveland Cavaliers have something else to brag about- a brand new All Star Plus portable basketball floor by Robbins Sports Surfaces.

The new floor was installed in mid October at the Quicken Loans Arena and features updated graphics on the sidelines that includes the addition of the teams tagline “All for one. One for all” and the Cavs Twitter handle “@Cavs”. The addition of the Twitter handle on the court is becoming a popular trend among sports teams these days. The new center court also features a white stain to highlight the teams signature colors and new maple surface.

The new floor was manufactured in the Robbins Ishpeming, MI plant, and by request of the Cavs to have the floor finished locally, was finished in Ohio. The Robbins All Star Plus portable floor provides increased resiliency and shock absorption for improved player safety and game play performance, which is vitally important for athletes of all skill levels. Player safety was of the highest consideration when the Cavaliers were selecting a new floor.

This floor replaced the previous Robbins All Star portable floor that was purchased in 2006. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Robbins have had a long standing relationship that goes back 25 years or more. For this reason, Robbins is proud to be the #1 flooring choice for the Cleveland Cavaliers. We are hopeful the addition of a new floor will boost them to the top this year and we wish them great luck in the upcoming season!

Robbins, Inc. is the premier supplier of high performance maple and synthetic sports flooring systems to the arena, education, religious and fitness markets.  In more than 65 nations around the world athletes compete and practice on millions of square meters of Robbins’ Sport Surfaces.  Professional and amateur alike know that when they play on a high performance Robbins’ system they’ll be able to play at peak levels, safely and comfortably.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Ken Thomas
VP of Marketing
Robbins Sports Surfaces
(513) 871-8988

NBA teams choose Robbins to kick-off the new season in style!

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Memphis Grizzlies, FedExForum Arena

With less than a month to go before the kick off of the 2012-’13 NBA season, many NBA teams have already gotten off to a good start by purchasing new Robbins All Star portable floors. The Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs, just to name a couple, are the most recent teams to receive a new flooring system.

The new flooring system, which is manufactured and finished in the Robbins Ishpeming, MI plant, is one of the most popular portable flooring systems on the market. Its high quality in construction and performance is the reason 18 of the last 22 NBA championship games were played on a Robbins portable floor. The Robbins All Star Plus portable floor provides increased resiliency and shock absorption for improved player safety and game play performance, which is vitally important for athletes of all skill levels. Player safety was of the highest consideration when the Grizzlies & Spurs were selecting a new floor.

The Grizzlies floor was installed on September 7th, in the FedExForum arena which is home to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies have had a long standing relationship with Robbins during their entire history as a professional NBA team. The new Spurs floor was also installed this month at the AT&T Center, home to the Spurs and the WNBA team, the Silver Stars, who also play on a Robbins portable floor. The Spurs have also been a longtime customer of Robbins. Their new floor replaces the previous Robbins floor they purchased in 2002, the same floor they won 3 NBA championship titles on in 2003, 2005, and 2007.

Robbins is honored to be the #1 flooring choice for the Memphis Grizzlies, the San Antonio Spurs, and many other NBA teams. With both exceptional teams making it to the play-offs last season, we are hopeful the addition of a new floor will boost them to the top again this year. We wish them great luck in the upcoming season!

 

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Robbins installs new All Star Plus portable floor at Texas A&M

New Season… New Conference… New Floor!

Texas A&M is kicking off the 2012-’13 season in style with a brand new Robbins All Star Plus portable flooring system. After the official announcement came this past June that the Aggies would be joining the SEC in the upcoming season, they opted for a new floor to replace the previous Robbins portable floor installed in the late 90’s. The new Aggies floor has an updated look with slightly different graphics and the new SEC logo.

In a video shot by the athletics department media group, 12th Man TV, the new floor is followed in detail from the cutting of the dried maple to its installation in Reed Arena. Filming was partially shot at Robbins portable plant in Ishpeming, MI. The short video not only documents the process of turning lumber into a sports floor, but also highlights Robbins creative graphics staff and the work it takes to create the playing floor fans will see on and off camera during games. Robbins is proud to have been chosen by Texas A&M to build the new floor during their transition into the SEC. We wish the Aggies good luck in the upcoming season!

 

 

For more information about Robbins sports flooring systems, please call Robbins Sports Surfaces at 1-800-543-1913, email us at [email protected], or visit http://www.robbinsfloor.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Ken Thomas
VP of Marketing
Robbins Sports Surfaces
(513) 871-8988

 

 

 

 

Robbins supplies multiple portable floors for the Olympic qualifying tournament in Venezuela

Three national teams are now headed to the London 2012 Olympic Games as a result of the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament that wrapped up this past weekend in Venezuela. The mens basketball tournament consisted of 12 national teams that competed from July 2-8 to earn a place in the 2012 Olympics basketball tournament. The tournament was held in Caracas, Venezuela at the indoor sports arena, Poliedro de Caracas.

#7 Al-Farouq AMINU (Nigeria)

#9 Francisco GARCIA (Dominican Republic)

Robbins provided three All-Star Plus portable flooring systems for the basketball tournament which included the competition sports floor, plus two practice floors.

The qualifying teams headed to the Olympics include; Lithuania, Russia, and the 1st time Olympic participant, Nigeria.  Robbins has had a long standing relationship with FIBA and has provided sports floors for various FIBA sponsored events. Robbins is one of the largest suppliers for international tournament games including the Euroleague Finals, Asian Games, FIBA Americas Tournament, and many more.

Opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics will take place on July 27th. To learn more about the Olympic games go to, london2012.com , or to learn more about the All-Star portable floors, visit the Portable Floors webpage at http://www.robbinsfloor.com/products/portable-floors-2/

 

Robbins, Inc. is the premier supplier of high performance maple and synthetic sports flooring systems to the arena, education, religious and fitness markets.  In more than 65 nations around the world athletes compete and practice on millions of square meters of Robbins’ Sport Surfaces.  Professional and amateur alike know that when they play on a high performance Robbins’ system they’ll be able to play at peak levels, safely and comfortably. 

For more information about Robbins sports flooring systems, please call Robbins Sports Surfaces at 1-800-543-1913, email us at [email protected], or visit http://www.robbinsfloor.com 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Ken Thomas
VP of Marketing
Robbins Sports Surfaces
(513) 871-8988