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.

 

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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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.

 

 

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!

Written and published by Brenda Havens, Robbins International Customer Service.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

Robbins has opened voting for the annual 2014 Sports Surface of the Year contest. 6 finalists were chosen and the winner will be determined by Facebook & Twitter fans! Voting is simple. Fans will go to Robbins Facebook page and find the photo of the facility they want to vote for.  To vote, simply “Like” the photo. To vote on Twitter, fans can vote here and will select their favorite facility by clicking on the “Vote” button. One lucky fan that “follows” or “likes” Robbins on Facebook and Twitter will win a $100 Visa gift card just for voting!!

The contest runs from April 21st at Noon (EDT) through May 2nd at Noon (EDT).

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 21st, 2014 and continuing through Noon (EDT) Friday May 2nd, 2014 online voting will take place on Robbins Facebook & Twitter pages. The finalist with the most “Likes” on Facebook, combined with the most Votes on Twitter will determine the winner of the 2014 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 5th.

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.

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.

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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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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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:

Macalester College Durathon Elite & Pulastic SP

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  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

 

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

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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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 sports flooring systems, please call us at 1-800-543-1913 or fill out our online contact form.

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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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.

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. 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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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 sports flooring systems, please call us at 1-800-543-1913 or fill out our online contact form.

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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!

 

 

 

 

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:

  • Ponder Company- Akron Fieldhouse
  • Impact Sport Surfaces- Indian River State College
  • Floors, Inc.- Supreme Courts
  • Foster Specialty Floors- Univ of Michigan, Crisler Arena
  • Western NY Floor- Brockport SERC
  • S&S Floors- Montour High School

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.

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/hardwood-sports-floor-systems/all-star/ or contact Robbins Portable Manager by completing our contact form.

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 sports flooring systems, please call us at 1-800-543-1913 or fill out our online contact form.

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

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.

 

For more information about Robbins sports flooring systems, please call us at 1-800-543-1913 or fill out our online contact form.

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!

 

 

For more information about Robbins sports flooring systems, please call us at 1-800-543-1913 or fill out our online contact form.

 

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 us at 1-800-543-1913 or fill out our online contact form.

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 us at 1-800-543-1913 or fill out our online contact form.

Congratulations to the Miami Heat on a big win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the NBA finals. After losing the first game to Oklahoma, Miami came back with a vengeance winning the next four games to earn their 2nd NBA Championship Title. LeBron James earned the coveted MVP award, and after a nine year career in professional basketball, finally has “NBA Champion” behind his name. After dealing with the pressures of a loss in the 2011 finals, and facing the harshest of critics upon his departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron never let the adversity he faced stand in the way of achieving his dreams. In an interview with ESPN after the championship game, LeBron reflected on the struggles he faced during his title winning journey by stating that “I did it the right way; I didn’t short-cut anything,” James said. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.” And for that alone, his new title as NBA Champion means more than any trophy or title can ever convey.

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.

Robbins is extremely proud of all the teams that train and compete on our floors.  With 13 of the 16 playoff teams, including the OKC Thunder, competing and/or training on a Robbins’ floor, we knew the odds were in our favor that we’d be bringing home our 21st 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 Oklahoma City Thunder for a great season and playoff run.

About Robbins All Star Portable Floors

NBA arena operators can choose any floor in the world. They choose Robbins All-Star portable basketball floors more than any other. Designed to meet the needs of any arena or civic center, the All-Star portable basketball floor will provide years of consistent performance. Robbins All-Star portables can be found in top arenas such as Conseco Fieldhouse, Amway Center and the Staples Center. The All-Star portable is designed to withstand the rigors of frequent changeovers that would damage lesser floors. The All-Star is available with many options to meet the needs of the most demanding facility manager. All Robbins portables are available sanded, painted, and finished to our high standards using computer aided graphics and design.

All Star Portable with Threaded Bolt

All Star Portable with Threaded Bolt

Unique optional features of All-Star portables include the Zip option that allows two crews to work simultaneously during set-up or take down. This is a favorite feature in facilities where time is critical during changeovers. Also available is our All-Star Plus option which adds our Bio-Pad and Bio-Guard protective housing to the underside of the panels. The All-Star Plus is the choice of the NBA and top NCAA programs where athlete safety, comfort and performance are top priorities. Contact our portables staff and let us help you design the portable floor to meet the needs of your facility.

All-Star Portables are not just for arena use. Contact Robbins and let us develop a custom solution for your private basketball or volleyball facility. Portable floors are also a great solution for leased facilities or multi-configuration spaces where permanent floors are not an option. To learn more about Robbins portable basketball floors, visit the All-Star page at http://www.robbinsfloor.com/products/portable-floors-2/..

 

 

For more information about Robbins sports flooring systems, please call us at 1-800-543-1913 or fill out our online contact form.

Robbins officially opened the voting for the 2012 Center Court of the Year contest! Fans can vote for their favorite facility on Facebook from May 14th at noon through May 23rd at noon. One lucky fan/voter will be entered to win a $50 gift card at the end of the contest! The 6 finalists that were chosen from the Sports Surface of the Year entries and include:

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Voting is simple!   

 1. Between the dates of May 14th at Noon through May 23rd at Noon, go to Robbins Sports Surfaces Facebook page and become a fan by selecting “Like”

 2. Look for the Center Court of the Year Photo Album (these can be found on the timeline or under the “Photos” section)

 3. Open the photo album and click “Like” on your favorite center court photo (make sure you “Like” the individual photo-not just the album!)

 
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 Online Voting and Prizes
Beginning at noon on Monday May 14th, 2012 EDT and continuing through noon Wednesday May 23rd at Noon, 2012 online voting will take place on Robbins Facebook fan page. The finalist with the most “Likes” in each category will determine the winner of the 2012 Center Court of the Year contest. One lucky voter (non Robbins employee) will be chosen at random to receive a $50 gift certificate. Winners will be announced and notified the week of May 23rd. Robbins will contact the winner of the $50 gift card and reserves the right to choose another winner if a response is not received within 7 days of notice.
 

The Sports Surface of the Year 2012 Award Winners are…

Robbins has announced the 2012 Sports Surface of the Year Award Winners! Thanks to all dealers who took the time and effort to submit entries into this year’s contest. Almost 500,000 ft2 of Robbins’ sports surfaces were entered into the contest highlighting some of the best work yet!

Private Residence – Vicki Marshall / Baseman Brothers for anonymous home owner
• A beautiful 6,500 ft2 Pulastic® 7+2 ZS and TB surface

For Profit Facility – Mark Herthel / Pacific Floors for Super Gym’s Sports Academy and Performance Training
• Almost 12,000 ft2 of Bio-Channel® Classic and Bio-Cushion® Flooring

K – 12 Facility – Jordan Foster / Foster Specialty Flooring for East Kentland High School
• An amazing high school field house installation featuring more than 66,000 ft2 of Robbins’ sports flooring – padded polyurethane, Galaxy® and a padded polyurethane/Sportwood® Ultra-Star Fusion floor

Community Recreation Center – Alex Verseman / Missouri Flooring for Kroc Center
• Almost 30,000 ft2 of Pulastic ZS and GT100, along with Bio-Star LP, Bio-Cushion LP and Sportwood® Ultra-Star

Collegiate Recreation Department – Barry Stout / Stout Hardwood Floor Company for Northern Arizona University
• 41,000 ft2 of Pulastic 9+2, JV Jog, SP and GT100

Collegiate Athletics Department –Cade Barry / Centaur Products for University of Alberta Competition floor at the Saville Center
• 32,000 ft2 of Bio-Channel Classic as part of a whopping 12,650 m2 (130,000 ft2) installation!

Center Court Logo of the Year Finalists

NEW THIS YEAR!! Robbins is also conducting a Center Court of the Year contest. Along with their SSOTY entries, dealers submitted photos of their best logo and center court artwork. The six finalists have been selected and the final winner will be determined on our Facebook page. Voting will open at Noon on 5/14, and will end at Noon on 5/23. The dealer with the most “likes” will win a $50 gift card to Amazon. One lucky Facebook fan that votes for their favorite CCOTY logo will also win a $50 gift card to Amazon! So be sure to vote!! The six finalist are:

  • Centennial Hawks by Barry Stout
  • Super Gym’s Sports Academy by Mark Herthel
  • Lawrence Technical University Blue Devils by Jordan Foster
  • Grace Christian School Patriots by Ben Vanaman
  • St Catherine Sienna Stars by Ben Vanaman
  • Three Lakes Middle School Avengers by Jerry Demeria

Congratulations again to this year’s SSOTY winners, and good luck to our Center Court of the Year finalists!

UK Wildcats take home their 8th NCAA championship title, while winning every home game on a Robbins floor

New Orleans, LA, April 03, 2012

Here 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. Building the best sports flooring in the industry is our passion and purpose.  We are committed to the long term health and performance of the athlete. For the University of Kentucky Wildcats, this was never more critical than in the current 2011-’12 season when the #1 team in the nation defeated Kansas to win their 8th NCAA Championship Title. With their star player, #23 Anthony Davis, and a coach with great UK Rupp Arenaleadership and an eye for talent, the UK Wildcats were unstoppable and ended their near perfect season with the trophy to prove it.

Watching March Madness, whether in person, or on TV, is the most exciting 4 weeks in college basketball. From brackets to spirit wear, loyal fans show pride for their college teams in a multitude of ways. And while the allure of the players in uniform and mascots catch your eye on screen, Robbins is more in what’s going on beneath them and their interaction with the floor itself.  Beneath the surface of the shiny hardwood 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; Anthony Davis, Michael Jordan, Labron James and many others not only start their career on a Robbins floor, but continue it as well.

Because of the excellence we strive for in building the best sports floor in the industry, the University of Kentucky has been a longtime customer of Robbins and has not only 1, but 2 Robbins hardwood sports floors. Memorial Coliseum is home to the women’s basketball team, and also serves as the practice floor for the men’s team. Rupp Arena has had a Robbins floor since it opened its doors in 1976, and currently owns an All Star Portable flooring system that is used for every home game. Kentucky managed to do what every NCAA college basketball program strives for- they won every single home game this season- and they did it all on a Robbins floor. We congratulate Coach Cal and the Wildcats on a great season and much deserved championship title. Let’s see if we can bring home another Robbins victory next year!

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Cincinnati Floor Company provide services to the University of Kentucky and is Robbins’ exclusive dealer in Lexington, KY and surrounding areas. For more information please visit 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.

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For more information about Robbins sports flooring systems, please call us at 1-800-543-1913 or fill out our online contact form.

Robbins dealer recycles local high school floor for new sportswear retail store

Brandsen Hardwood Floors contributes to Better World Program through local gymnasium recycling…
Portland, OR, November 15, 2011

Brandsen Hardwood Floors, one of Robbins exclusive dealers in the Portland, OR area, was recently chosen to install a recycled floor from a local high school gymnasium in a major sportswear retail store that opened earlier this month in downtown Portland. As part of the Better World program, the company has committed to using recycled hardwood floors from local gymnasiums in their new and remodeled retail stores to promote environmental efforts. Terry Brandsen of Brandsen Hardwood Floors oversaw the project and worked closely with the store on the installation. When asked his thoughts on the goal they are seeking to accomplish, Brandsen stated that “they have found an excellent way to blend recycling with style and functionality. It just seems so fitting that a “retired” old floor from an institution of learning is still teaching, even in retirement! Every time a customer walks over the threshold of the new store, the first thing they will notice is “hey, this floor is recycled!” As that influence spreads, persons will be energized to see what other products out there can be re-used instead of thrown away.”

The school floor that was chosen came from Mountain View High School in Vancouver, WA. After extensive water damage had occurred in the school’s gymnasium, Mountain View chose Brandsen to install a new Robbins Bio Channel Star 5.3 with Versa Shield vapor protection. During the renovation, Brandsen took special measures to ensure the integrity of the hardwood remained intact by carefully removing the old gym floor, a low profile anchored system.

Brandsen Hardwood Floors is accustomed to working with recycled (reclaimed) wood. This family owned business has been finding other uses for the wood they carefully remove from job sites for decades now. For the Brandsen team, finding other uses for the recycled wood is not only a sensible way to protect the environment, but is also a rewarding challenge as well. As Terry Brandsen explains “Recycling has always made sense, however it hasn’t always been in fashion. Growing up in the business, we were always on the lookout for “good wood” that was being thrown away. These old floors, doors, and trim boards would be rescued from trash heaps and find their way into our home remodel projects. As our gym floor business developed and we landed contracts to replace large gymnasiums, it made perfect sense to continue this recycling into a field where the expectation was that you were going to back up a big dumpster and throw all this wood away.“

The staff at Evergreen Public Schools, the district where Mountain View HS is located, was excited to learn their old floor had been recycled and used for other purposes. The new store will have a significant meaning to the kids at Mountain View who have made many memories on the old court. And while the sentiment of the project has been very important, equally significant was the satisfaction of both customers. Brandsen worked diligently with architects to ensure the new floor was designed to fit the needs of the school, while also addressing the moisture problems in the gymnasium. In a letter of recommendation from Susan Steinbrenner, Director of Facilities for the Evergreen Public School System, she stated that “The recent floor replacement project was very challenging. We had several other projects going on simultaneously, so coordination was critical. We wanted to achieve a performance floor system even though the existing floor had a very low profile. Resolving the moisture problem at the slab surface was also a concern. Brandsen helped us find solutions during the design phase and the project came in within our budget and time constraints. We are very happy with the service that Brandsen Hardwood Floors has provided over the years and recommend them for your upcoming projects.”

To learn more about the Bio-Channel product installed at Mountain View High School, or other Robbins products, visit http://www.robbinsfloor.com/biochannel.html, or for more information on the Better World program visit their website at http://www.nikebetterworld.com/ .

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About Brandsen Hardwood Floors: 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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About Robbins Sport Surfaces: 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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For more information about Robbins sports flooring systems, please call us at 1-800-543-1913 or fill out our online contact form.

Robbins gives back and joins efforts with Abacus & Regupol to provide new floor to the Shane Victorino Boys & Girls Club

Philadelphia, PA, October 11, 2011

Shane and Melissa Victorino recently opened the doors to a newly renovated Nicetown Boys & Girls Club following a promise made to the kids in the Nicetown community of Philadelphia. The Shane Victorino Foundation, which was founded in 2010 by Shane and his wife Melissa, pledged nearly $1M to renovate the 105 year old building, and with the help of several partners including Robbins Sports Surfaces, that dream became a reality.

During the reopening celebration on September 22, 2011, a tearful Victorino expressed his appreciation for the partners that contributed to the successful renovation. “The renovation of the Nicetown Boys & Girls Club is a very special initiative for me and my wife, Melissa,” said Shane Victorino, co-founder of the Shane Victorino Foundation & center fielder for the Phillies. “Not only have we recognized the need that exists to help children in this community, but we are proud to have partners like Regupol America, and others, join our effort to provide them with a safe, positive place to go after school.”

Along with Regupol America, Robbins Sports Surfaces donated the materials for a brand new padded polyurethane gymnasium floor valued at over $28,000. Robbins padded polyurethane flooring systems provide superior athletic safety and excellent durability to last, providing the kids at the Nicetown Boys & Girls Club a safe playing surface that will last for many years. In addition to the materials, Abacus Sports Installations, Robbins exclusive synthetics dealer in Pennsylvania, generously donated the labor to install the floor and worked diligently to finish the project in time for the grand reopening.

In response to the generous donations made, Al Mollica, Chief Development Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia stated that the organization’s “staff, volunteers and members are grateful to the Regupol Corporation and their subcontractors for their extraordinary donation of flooring throughout our newly renovated Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys & Girls Club. Every day for many years to come our members and visitors from throughout the community will take full advantage of the durability and functionality of the flooring in our ctorino Nicetown Club. Thank you for your community-minded corporate philosophy and for a generous expression of support that will benefit thousands of Philadelphia children for years to come.”

According to Ken Thomas, Vice President of Marketing for Robbins, “we are very appreciative that we were in a in a position to give back and had the opportunity to do so for such a worthy cause. This project epitomizes the company culture and spirit of Robbins’ employees – working everyday in close cooperation with our suppliers and dealers to deliver beautiful, high quality sports flooring systems”.

For more information about the Shane Victorino Foundation, visit their Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/ShaneVictorinoFoundation .

Or to learn more about the programs at the Boys & Girls Club across America and how you can get involved, go to: http://www.bgca.org .

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About Abacus Sports Installations: Abacus Sports Installations is one of Robbins’ exclusive synthetic dealers in the Lancaster, PA area. For more information on Abacus please visit http://abacussports.com or call them at 1-800-821-4557.

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About Robbins Sport Surfaces: 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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For more information about Robbins sports flooring systems, please call us at 1-800-543-1913 or fill out our online contact form.

Xavier University Enhances Cintas Center with new Robbins All Star Plus

The Musketeers Gear up for the 2011-‘12 Season & NCAA Rule Changes
Cincinnati, OH, August 22, 2011

Xavier University has geared up for the 2011-‘12 Musketeers basketball and volleyball season by installing a new Robbins All Star Plus portable flooring system. The new floor, which was installed on August 12th, is an upgrade from their previous Robbins floor that was installed in 2000 during the construction and opening of the Cintas Center. With the recent NCAA rule changes that moved the women’s basketball 3-point line back one foot to the men’s 3-point line, the upgrade occurred just in time for the Musketeers upcoming season. In addition to a updated look and new paint lines, the Robbins All Star Plus also provides increased resiliency and shock absorption for improved player safety and game play performance.

Robbins, along with Cincinnati Floor Company, has had a long standing relationship with Xavier University. The Cintas Center, which is home to both the Musketeers volleyball and basketball teams, continues to make improvements to their facility each year to remain a state-of-the-art facility, an attractive feature for both athletic and student recruits. Mike Bobinski, Associate VP & Athletic Director at Xavier, explains during an exclusive interview on their website that “we’re really fortunate to have the premier floor manufacturer in the country right here in Cincinnati, Robbins Flooring. They produced our 1st floor, and they produced the 2nd floor we now have. This is state of the art. It’s what is in the NBA arenas around the country. It is their finest floor“.

Bobinski also understands the importance of the playing surface and the impact it has on the outcome of the game, and the impact on the athlete. While the previous floor served the Musketeers well during the past 10 years, he explains that “there’s no doubt that our volleyball team and our men’s & women’s basketball teams will really notice a difference when they step on it. It’s got a great feel, really stable, has more resiliency to it than our old floor had at this point in time, so I think it’s a great upgrade for us.”

Robbins is honored to be the #1 flooring choice for the Xavier Musketeers and we wish them great luck in the upcoming season!

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About Cincinnati Floor Company: Cincinnati Floor Company of Cincinnati, OH is one of Robbins’ exclusive dealers in the Cincinnati and Tri-State area. For more information on Cincinnati Floor Company please visit cincinnatifloor.com or call them at 1-800-886-4501.

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About Robbins Sport Surfaces: 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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For more information about Robbins sports flooring systems, please call Robbins Sports Surfaces at 1-800-543-1913, or complete our contact form by going to: robbinsfloor.com/contact.

Reference: Mike Bobinski Interview Retrieved from Go Xavier Website: http://www.goxavier.com/allaccess/?media=256814