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Healthcare Facility Design Trends, Nurse Influence on Built Environment Focus of Recent NIHD Meeting at Ecore

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Additional Healthcare Providers Joining Ecore Patient Safety Collaborative Research Pebble Project

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AttainSilence Featured in Hotels Magazine

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Johns Hopkins Hospital provides prescription for healthcare surfacing

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Health Facilities Management: What Johns Hopkins learned after its 90-day flooring study

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Commercial Construction & Renovation Magazine: Johns Hopkins Hospital Outstanding Surfacing

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The Impact of Flooring on Nurse Wellness

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Hospitality, Fitness Industries Embrace Changing Activities

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Ecore is Proud to Announce the Launch of AttainSilence

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into performance surfacing, is proud to announce the launch of its newest collection: AttainSilence. This collection consists of two products that can be sold separately as well as together to create a dynamic acoustical system. Attain is a traditional luxury vinyl tile that is available in three options, 2-millimeter, 2.5mm, and a 4.2mm floating floor. ECOsilence is a sound control underlayment available in 3 thicknesses, 1mm, 2mm and 5mm. The combination of Attain and ECOsilence creates AttainSilence, an attractive resilient flooring system available in wood and texture visuals that attains silence by insulating sound and vibration. AttainSilence is available in 5 configurations that address common acoustical challenges floor-ceiling assemblies in Multi-Family and Hospitality applications.

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Ecore Hopes to Work with ASTM to Create a Healthcare Force Reduction Test

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is aware of the negative impact patient falls have in the healthcare environment. As such, Ecore has petitioned the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), in an effort to establish a committee to review the lack of and need for focused testing protocol that will address the issues of patient safety related to injury from falls.

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Anatomy of an IIC Rating

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Healing Design: How Floor Covering Promotes Wellness in Healthcare

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Medical Construction and Design: Solid Support - Johns Hopkins Hospital offers a prescription for outstanding healthcare surfacing

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The impact of flooring on nurse wellness

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Ecore Shares Research on How the Built Environment Can Reduce Pain & Suffering at HCD 2016

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, recently shared research, focused on Patient Safety and Reducing the Risk of Injury from Falls, at the 2016 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in Houston, TX. This ongoing research was conducted in conjunction with Johns Hopkins Health (JHH) System and The Center for Health Design, as part of a Pebble Project. This research was motivated by the need to address how the built environment can reduce pain and suffering, while eliminating the costs associated with injuries.

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Design Cost Data Magazine: Fire Stations are a Changing with the Time

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Ecore Relaunches ECOnights

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is proud to announce it has relaunched the ECOnights collection. Formerly known as ECOnights for Sport, this collection of premium rubber surfacing is ⅜-inch thick and is ideal for corporate gyms and hospitality fitness and physical therapy centers.

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Ecore Flooring Installed in Marriott Corporate Fitness Center

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Resilient Sheet Flooring Trends

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Ecore Receives Two U.S. Product Patents

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfaces, is proud to announce it recently received two United States product patents. These patents cover any surfaces Ecore creates that features an Ecore EPDM surface fusion bonded to an Ecore recycled rubber backing or any heterogeneous sheet vinyl surface fusion bonded to an Ecore recycled rubber backing.

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Durable Expona Flow Offers a Wide Range of Design Options for Healing Environments

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is proud to announce it is now offering Expona Flow, a heterogenous 2mm thick polyurethane surface that is perfect for healthcare applications.

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Earth-friendly flooring for health care facilities

Health care organizations are taking a holistic view that considers their responsibility to people, the planet and profits - known as the three pillars of sustainability - when choosing interior design materials, and that includes flooring.

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Galaxy rx Completes Ecore's Healthcare Surface Offering

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into performance surfaces that make people's lives better, is proud to announce the launch of its newest product, Galaxy rx. Part of the Tru family and specifically designed for healthcare environments, Galaxy rx comes in a standard sheet and features a 2 mm vulcanized rubber surface fusion bonded to a 5mm recycled rubber backing. The result is a surface that reduces the severity of patient or resident injuries while mitigating liability for the owners of the healthcare facilities.

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Ecore Will be featured on World's Greatest May 2 & 16

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into performance surfaces that make people's lives better, is proud to announce it will be featured on episode 227 of World's Greatest, a half hour television show featuring behind- the -scenes footage and interviews with some of the most amazing and unique companies, products, people, and travel destinations in the world. Airing May 2 & 16, this episode can be seen on DirecTV Channel 305, Dish Network on channel 250, or by going to http://worldsgreatesttelevision.com/tv_schedule to see what network the show will be on in your area.

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Video Sets Record Straight on Artificial Turf and Crumb Rubber

The artificial turf and recycled rubber industries have released a video entitled "The Truth About Artificial Turf and Crumb Rubber" to educate decision-makers, coaches, parents, and the general public on the science related to the safety of artificial turf fields and recycled rubber. This video features parent, coach, and scientific perspectives on the safety of turf and recycled rubber and was created in conjunction with Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing that makes people's lives better and a leader in the establishment of the Recycled Rubber Council.

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Ecore Earns Gold at Healthcare Design Expo

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into performance surfaces that makes people's lives better, is proud to announce its Terrain rx flooring received Gold in the Resilient Flooring Category during the 2015 Nightingale Awards. Sponsored by Contract magazine in conjunction with The Center for Health Design, the Nightingale Product Design Awards recognize the best new products exhibited at the annual Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, held November 14-17 in Washington, D.C.

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Synthetic turf comes under fire but lack of proof makes it a preferred playing field surface

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Medical Construction and Design: RX for Healing

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Health Facilities Management: Hard flooring designed for health facilities

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Ecore Announces Rebrand

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into performance surfaces that make people's lives better, has undergone a corporate rebranding effort to reflect the company's core values: safety, health, and wellness.

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Ecore Donates Surfacing for 2015 U.S. Women's Open

Ecore International, a company that transforms reclaimed into unique surfaces that make people's lives better, is proud to announce it donated 2,200-square-feet of flooring to the Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pa., for the 2015 U.S. Women's Open. Ecore supplied Pinnacle, a unique surface that features a carpet surface fusion bonded to a recycled rubber backing, that was installed in two trailers on the grounds of the Club and will used by officials during the event on July 6-12.

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Banner Joins Ecore as International Sales Manager

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfaces that makes people's lives better, is delighted to announce Chris Banner has joined the company as an International Sales Manager.

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Ecore Issues Environmental Product Declarations for 12 Products

Ecore International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfaces that make people's lives better, recently demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by issuing Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for twelve products.

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Sage Joins Ecore as Vice President of Sales

Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is delighted to announce Michael Sage has joined the company as the new Vice President of Sales.

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ECORE Acquires Centaur Floor Systems, LLC

Effective January 2, 2015, ECORE International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, will acquire all outstanding membership interests in Centaur Floor Systems, a California limited liability company (LLC), from John Donati, its sole member.

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ECF Announces Re-Launch of ECOsurfaces

ECORE Commercial Flooring (ECF) is proud to announce the re-launch of ECOsurfaces, its successful recycled rubber flooring line for commercial applications. Created more than 20 years ago, ECOsurfaces is a beautiful, versatile, and durable flooring collection that absorbs energy, vibration, and noise. The innovative line now features 78 patterns, 29 of which are brand new.

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ECORE is Proud to Offer E-Grip Evolve

ECORE International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is proud to offer a new, premium, high-performance adhesive: E-Grip Evolve. This product is a proprietary, wet-set adhesive that is ideal for use with ECORE's QT sound insulation or ECOsilence underlayment, sheet vinyl, and luxury vinyl tile (LVT). With its strong, durable, moisture-resistant and alkali-resistant bond, it's designed for commercial applications.

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ECORE Commercial Flooring Develops Resilient Floor Finish That is As Quiet as Carpet

ECORE International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is pleased to announce the results of a series of recent acoustic tests, performed by The Acoustics Laboratory at the University of Hartford. This study confirmed ECORE Commercial Flooring's Forest rx resilient floor finish is as quiet as carpet. Forest rx features a vinyl wear layer bonded to a 97 percent recycled rubber backing, using ECORE's patent-pending itstru technology.

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ECORE International Supports Renowned The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp by Renovating Facilities, Enhancing Safety

ECORE International is supporting The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp by providing state-of-the-art flooring that will enhance the Camp's facilities and help to promote the continued safety and wellness of the children that attend.

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ECORE Teams Up with the TODAY Show and KidsGardening.org to Help Fight Childhood Hunger

ECORE International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is taking part in the TODAY's "Shine a Light" program, donating flooring for a school garden in New York City.

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ECORE: Made in the U.S.A. for 143 Years

With the 4th of July approaching, many Americans are feeling patriotic. This brings to mind the importance of buying American made products. The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection Business Center defines made in the U.S.A. as "all or virtually all" of the product has been made in America; all significant parts, processing, and labor that go into the product must be of U.S. origin.

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ECORE International to Support latest AEC Cares Project, Helping Underprivileged Children on Chicago's South Side

ECORE International is proud to support this year's AEC Cares project, providing flooring to help renovate a community building in Chicago. The project is part of the fourth annual "blitz build," developed in partnership by AEC Cares and Reed Construction Data, bringing together design and construction professionals for a special project within a new community every year.

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ECORE International Donates Flooring to Leg Up Farm

ECORE International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, recently donated 3,000-square-feet of Everlast Fitness Flooring to Leg Up Farm, a non-profit therapy center located in York County, Pa. Designed for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults up to the age of 21, the mission of Leg Up Farm is "to enrich the lives of families with special needs children through customized therapeutic experiences."

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ECORE Obtains Patent for All Laminated Interlocking Surfacing Systems

ECORE International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is proud to announce it was issued U.S. Patent #8,728,260 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office on May 20, 2014 for laminated interlocking surfacing systems with a recycled rubber backing. These products are created using ECORE's itstru technology, a process that takes a wear layer and fusion bonds it to a 98-percent recycled rubber backing. The patent encompasses products in ECORE's ECOsurfaces, Everlast Fitness Flooring, and Knot Carpet brands.

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ECORE Donates PlayGuard Tiles to Schreiber Pediatric

ECORE International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, recently donated PlayGuard Safety Surfacing to Schreiber Pediatric Rehab, a premier outpatient physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy center for children with disabilities, developmental delays, and acquired injuries, located in Lancaster, Pa. ECORE was recognized for its efforts at a thank you reception held on Tuesday, May 13.

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Schmick Joins ECORE International's Board of Directors

ECORE International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is proud to welcome Dennis Schmick to its Board of Directors. Schmick has 35 years of experience in the commercial flooring industry.

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ECORE Supplies 126,000-Square-Feet of Flooring for<br />$25 Million Sports Complex

The $25 million, 700,000-sqaure-foot Spooky Nook Sports Complex is the largest indoor sports complex in the United States. Located in Manheim in Lancaster County, Pa., this facility is less than one year old and is also home to the U.S. Olympic Women's National Field Hockey team for training.

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ECORE Announces Be Fit Challenge

ECORE International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is challenging its employees and associates to Be Fit! Starting today, ECORE is inviting its employees, dealers, and distributors to sign up for ECORE's Be Fit Challenge. This 90-day competition runs March 1 through May 30, 2014. The man and woman with the greatest percentage of weight loss will be awarded a Vision Fitness S60 Suspension EllipticalTM Trainer provided by MDI Fitness and Everlast Fitness Flooring. Everlast will also donate flooring to go underneath each elliptical.

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Recycled Rubber Meets Wood Grain

Everlast fitness flooring is proud to introduce Bounce, a revolutionary surface that features a vinyl wear layer bonded to a recycled rubber underlayment using ECORE's itstru technology. This patent-pending process fusion-bonds the wear layer to a post-consumer recycled rubber backing. The result is beautiful flooring that looks like real wood, but is more economical, durable, and easier to clean, while providing true sports performance characteristics. Everlast Bounce is manufactured by ECORE, a company where recycling meets original thinking.

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ECORE International Names Lori Dowling as President of ECORE Commercial Flooring

Arthur Dodge III, Chairman and CEO at ECORE, announced that Lori Dowling has been named president of ECORE Commercial Flooring (ECF), a new division of ECORE. ECF is a new sales initiative that is focused on promoting five recognizable brands that make up the portfolio: ECOsurfaces, Everlast, ECO98, QT Sound Control and Polyflor. The addition of Dowling gives the company an opportunity to adopt a focused, and very experienced, approach toward growing and servicing its contractor and architectural clientele. In addition, Dowling will provide leadership for the company's ECF agent network. While working closely with Bo Barber, vice president of marketing and sales, she will report to Dodge. The decision is effective immediately.

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New Everlast Surfacing Enhances Athletes' Performance

Everlast and ECORE Commercial Flooring (ECF) are proud to introduce Performance, a premier sports surfacing ideal for multi-purpose areas, indoor tracks, gymnasiums, aerobic centers, and court surfaces. Using ECORE's patent-pending itstru technology, Performance is created by fusion-bonding a 3 millimeter (mm) ECORE recycled rubber wear layer to an ECORE recycled rubber underlayment. The underlayment is available in five and 12 mm thicknesses, depending upon the application.

Everlast is a part of ECF, a flooring solution provider offering innovative products for the commercial market. Both are members of the ECORE family, a manufacturer where recycling meets original thinking.

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Just What the Doctor Ordered: Forest rx

ECORE Commercial Flooring (ECF) is proud to introduce its latest flooring solution: Forest rx. Using ECORE's itstru technology, this unique surfacing is a hybrid of a Forest rx vinyl wear layer, manufactured by Polyflor, fusion-bonded to 5 millimeters of ECORE recycled rubber. By combining ECORE's innovation and environmental initiatives with Polyflor's world-class flooring solutions, a new category of flooring emerges. The result is a beautiful surfacing that looks like real wood, but is quieter underfoot, ergonomic, and safe.

"The most exciting thing about forest rx is its multi-purpose attributes," said Bob Barber, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ECORE. "Although it has the appearance of hard wood, it offers more benefits than traditional wood surfacing. In addition to being attractive, quiet, ergonomic and safe, Forest rx is economic, hygienic, and easy to install."

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Terf Transforms Regular Spaces into High-Performance Sports & Fitness Venues

Everlast and ECORE Commercial Flooring are proud to introduce Terf, a revolutionary, premium turf product with the power to transform regular spaces into high-performing sports and fitness venues. A leading brand in the fitness flooring market, Everlast is a part of ECORE Commercial Flooring, a flooring solution provider offering innovative products for the commercial market. Both are members of the ECORE family, a manufacturer where recycling meets original thinking.

Designed for indoor sport and agility use and spike resistant, Everlast Terf is available in 6 ft wide rolls and 23-inch to 46-inch interlocking tiles with 5mm or 12mm recycled rubber backing. Whether a traditional gym environment or pop-up field hockey or soccer field, Terf meets a number of possible applications.

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ECORE Offers New Releasable Adhesive

ECORE International, a company where recycling meets original thinking, is proud to unveil E-Releasable, a new ECORE branded adhesive that has been developed specifically for use in the installation of rubber backed carpet tiles or ECOsurfaces over access panel flooring.

Available in 4-gallon pails, E-Releasable adhesive provides both permanent and releasable bonds for rubber-backed carpet tile. Its unique formulation has been developed to provide a very aggressive bond to rubber-backed carpet tile, where traditional adhesives will not work. E-Releasable can be installed into wet adhesive for permanent bonding and allowed to dry to its tacky phase for releasable installations. E-Releasable Adhesive can also be used in fast-track construction practices, where the moisture vapor emission rates (MVERs) are less than 8 lbs. (3,63 kg) (ASTM F1869) and relative humidity (RH) 90 percent (ASTM F2170) respectively, and show diminishing results over time.

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ECF Pattern Play Receives a Davey Award

ECORE, a company where recycling meets original thinking, is proud to announce its ECORE Commercial Flooring (ECF) Pattern Play application recently received a 2012 Davey Award. Azul Arc, an interactive design and Web technologies firm based in Atlanta, Ga., submitted ECF, which received a silver award in the Websites/Manufacturing category. "We were very pleased to hear we won this award," said Bo Barber, Vice President of ECF. "ECORE strives to be cutting-edge in terms of technology."

ECF is environmentally-friendly rubber flooring featuring numerous color choices with custom design capabilities. ECF Pattern Play is a Web program that allows users to "play" with custom pattern designs, using ECORE's EPDM colors, to create custom flooring. In addition to being attractive, ECF is designed to meet stringent criteria under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system and is FloorScore certified.

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ECORE International Teams with Anytime Fitness on ABC's Secret Millionaire

Donations provide opportunities for at-risk children in Oklahoma City

ECORE International proudly announces its donation of Everlast sports surfacing to the Bethany, Oklahoma Anytime Fitness club. ECORE supplied almost 2,000 square feet of Everlast in Peanut Crunch to the newly opened facility. This donation comes in conjunction with the generosity exhibited by Anytime Fitness club co-founders Chuck Runyon, CEO, and Dave Mortensen, President, on ABC's Secret Millionaire.

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QT Course Approved by GBCI

ECORE International, manufacturer of QT Sound Insulation is pleased to announce the following course has been officially approved by the GBCI (Green Building Certification Institute) for 1 CE Hour: "Recycled Rubber Sound Insulation: Sustainable Benefits"

The "Recycled Rubber Sound Insulation: Sustainable Benefits" course provides an overview of recycled rubber sound insulation, focusing on the benefits of recycled rubber flooring, including its positive environmental attributes along with a discussion of the impact of recycled rubber sound insulation products on LEED and FloorScore accreditation. LEED Professionals must self-report all of their CE hours online through "My Credentials".

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Everlast sports surfacing Course Approved by GBCI

ECORE International, manufacturer of Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind is pleased to announce the following course has been officially approved by the GBCI (Green Building Certification Institute) for 1 CE Hour: "Solid Recycled Rubber Flooring: Health and Fitness Applications".

The "Solid Recycled Rubber Flooring: Health and Fitness Applications" course provides an overview of rubber surfaces, focusing on the benefits of solid recycled rubber flooring in fitness applications, including its positive environmental attributes, along with a discussion of the impact of recycled rubber flooring products on LEED and FloorScore accreditation. LEED Professionals must self-report all of their CE hours online through "My Credentials".

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ECORE Names Former President and CEO of Mannington Mills, Inc. to Its Board of Directors

ECORE International, the pioneer in recycled products technology, announces that Thomas S. Davis, retired President and CEO of the New Jersey-based flooring company, Mannington Mills, Inc., has joined the ECORE Board of Directors.

At Mannington, Davis helped develop a management team and culture that is recognized as one of the best in the flooring industry by customers, suppliers, employees and even competitors. In addition, he also served as Chairman of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute for 2008 and 2009. During that period, the organization developed a new strategic direction more in sync with the needs of the industry and its members. Davis joined Mannington after a 23-year tenure with Milliken & Company in Spartanburg, Georgia. Prior he served as an officer in the United States Army and earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in chemistry at Furman University.

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US Olympian Nicole Barnhart Selects Everlast with Nike Grind

ECORE International, a global leader in developing innovative, sustainable surfacing products and manufacturer of Everlast Sports Surfacing with Nike Grind, announced Nicole Barnhart, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and goalkeeper for both the U.S. women's soccer team and the Philadelphia Independence soccer team, selected Everlast with Nike Grind for her home training facility in Pennsylvania.

"I was looking for a durable, green and easy-to-install product that would work well in a large training area," explains Barnhart. "In discovering Everlast with Nike Grind, I found the product is not only professional grade, but sustainable and made in the U.S. - an overall win."

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ECORE International Celebrates the Opening of Its York Campus

ECORE International, the leading innovator in recycled products technology, announces the opening of its York, Pennsylvania campus. The 500,000 square foot facility is now home to the largest, most advanced recycled rubber manufacturing operation, with the capacity to process and refine over 100 million pounds of scrap tire rubber annually, into the greenest most sustainable floor coverings currently available. In addition, this facility will house the company's itstru technology, a patent-pending process that enables ECORE to produce the highest recycled-content flooring, as well as to research unlimited generations of new products. ECORE's York Campus, which represents a $20 million investment, currently employs 35 skilled staff, from engineers to facility technicians.

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ECOsurfaces donates to Greenspace in Washington, DC

Lancaster, PA - ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring is pleased to announce its donation and partnership with the non-profit organization, Greenspace. Greenspace, NCR, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering green real estate and economic development in the nation's capital region, developing and implementing green policies, and providing stewardship of growing green communities.

ECOsurfaces has donated $2,500 worth of ECOrocks' in Big Boulder for Greenspace's Learning and Resource Center, a 12,000 square foot space at the Nationals' Ballpark in Washington, D.C. The learning center is designed to meet LEED platinum standards and will be the region's place to showcase ideas and resources. It is projected to serve a market of at least 200,000 development professionals by building the skills and relationships necessary to create our green neighborhoods.

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ECOSurfaces Receives an Honorable Mention from Starnet

ECORE International, a company where recycling meets original thinking, recently received an honorable mention for its ECOsurfaces product at the 12th annual Starnet Design Awards, held at the El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico.

Starnet presented seven category winners, two honorable mentions, and one grand prize winner from a record 118 entries, representing 52 Starnet member companies. ECOsurfaces received the award in the Hospitality and Public Space category for the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel and Spa expansion project in Whorley, ID.

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ECOSurfaces Flooring Launches Custom "Pattern Play" Application on Website

ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring has launched a custom color application on the ECOsurfaces website called "Pattern Play." The application allows a designer or potential customer to develop a custom color pattern using the standard ColorMill EPDM colors that are offered by ECOsurfaces.

"This application is something that has been a long time coming for ECOsurfaces. It will be a great tool for designers and customers to create a totally unique recycled rubber floor using ECOsurfaces' custom capabilities," explains Andrew Dodge, managing director of ECOsurfaces.

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Everlast Launches Custom "Pattern Play" Application on Website

Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind has launched a custom color application on the Everlast website called "Pattern Play." The application allows a designer or potential customer to develop a custom color pattern using the standard ColorMill EPDM colors that are offered by Everlast.

"This tool is a great addition to the Everlast website. It allows the customer to have fun mixing the EPDM colors with the black SBR to create a completely custom look for their athletic flooring," explains Bo Barber, director of ECORE's commercial flooring division.

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Important ColorMill EPDM Announcement

ECORE International is excited to announce that in early 2012 it will be launching a new line of patterns for many of our brands incorporating eight new EPDM colors. While this line is not ready to be debuted, as part of the evolution of the ECORE ColorMill EPDM palette and to make way for the new colors, a few less popular colors are being eliminated effective immediately. These drops will not affect the production of current stocked color patterns for ECOsurfaces.

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PlayGuard unveils new logo

On June 1, 2011, PlayGuard Playground Safety Surfacing says goodbye to its old logo in favor of a more modern and playful one. The new logo is fresh, fun, and cheerful. PlayGuard has been protecting children for more than 15 years and the logo has grown and changed with each new generation.

The updated logo features child-like and joyful PlayGuard letters dancing while the phrase "Safety Surfacing" is still solid and reliable below. The color palette will have several versions, each with bright, youth inspired colors. The new logo coincides with the recent expansion of the PlayGuard line to include 1" tiles.

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PlayGuard now offering 1 inch tiles

PlayGuard Safety Surfacing, manufactured by ECORE International, announces the addition of a 1" thick tile to its existing collection of playground surfacing tiles. PlayGuard's 1" tile expands the Carnival Ultra and Safari Ultra product lines of 2-1/2" and 4-1/4" thick tiles. Low maintenance, wet and dry slip resistance, and high durability make these 1" tiles ideal for daycare applications, tumbling rooms, and tricycle paths.

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ECORE Announces Redeux Material Take Back Program

ECORE International, pioneer of the recycled rubber flooring industry for over 20 years, is proud to announce its new "Redeux" material take back program. As an advocate for sustainable design and eco-friendly living, ECORE has developed Redeux to further their commitment to reducing waste, reusing scrap, and recycling old products and samples in order to manufacture new.

Beginning April 1, 2011, ECORE customers now have the opportunity to send back old or remnant recycled rubber and cork products for recycling to ECORE's Lancaster, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility. The Redeux program partners with building professionals committed to environmental stewardship by providing resources to recycle ECORE's rubber flooring, underlayments, and rubber and cork industrial products after their useful life which will considerably help keep building materials out of landfills. The reclaimed material will be made into new flooring, underlayments, and industrial products by ECORE.

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ECORE Introduces itstru Technology and announces closing of recapitalization project

Lancaster-based manufacturer, ECORE International Inc., manufacturer of ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring and Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind is pleased to announce the introduction of its patent-pending itstru Technology and the closing of its $40MM recapitalization and refinancing package.

The introduction of the itstru technology is combined with the introduction of a 98% post-consumer modular floor tile system designed for heavy duty commercial flooring applications. These product launches are building the framework for future manufacturing growth and reaffirm ECORE International's leadership position as the rubber recycling innovator in the industry.

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ECOSurfaces Flooring Offers Recycled Rubber Flooring Continuing Education Program

ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring is pleased to offer the Next Generation Recycled Rubber Flooring Continuing Education Unit (CEU) through McGraw-Hill Construction's Continuing Education Center. Designed to teach how new technology has advanced recycled rubber flooring in sustainability and performance, the course also details what to look for to get the most sustainable, highest performing flooring option.

Managing Director of ECOsurfaces, Andrew Dodge, states, "Our new CEU course is a great tool for the sales force to help educate designers and architects on recycled rubber flooring while qualifying for the sustainable design (SD) credit through AIA."

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ECORE announces reissue of patent for the QT Impact Sound Isolation technology.

ECORE International Inc., a private corporation and North America's largest manufacturer of recycled rubber products today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued reissue patent RE 41,945, relating to ECORE's QT impact sound isolation technology. The reissue patent RE 41,945 confirms that ECORE's reissue patent application satisfied statutory requirements of patentability.

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ECORE recycled rubber products are indoor air quality certified for third consecutive year

ECORE International announces that its recycled rubber products have received FloorScore certification for a third consecutive year. FloorScore certification, developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute in partnership with Scientific Certification Systems, measures flooring systems according to the stringent indoor air quality criteria established by the state of California. Products that adhere to FloorScore standards are independently certified by Scientific Certification Systems for low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and qualify for use in California's high performance schools. To meet California state VOC requirements (section 01350), FloorScore requires rigorous product testing. It also entails auditing of the manufacturing site, annual re-certification requirements, product records, and a tangible quality control plan from the organization.

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ECORE Introduces itstru Technology

ECORE International, established industry leader in recycled rubber surfacing solutions, expands its capabilities with the introduction of fusion bonded itstru Technology. A patent-pending, revolutionary innovation poised to transform the flooring industry, itstru Technology enables ECORE's proven recycled rubber product to be bonded with a diverse variety of textile wear layers. Unlike any process introduced in the flooring industry to date, the itstru technology combines two diverse surfacing systems to create one durable and environmentally sustainable product with a backing composed of a record-setting 97% post-consumer content.

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ECORE International Introduces itstru technology

ECORE International, established industry leader in recycled rubber surfacing solutions, expands its capabilities with the introduction of fusion bonded itstru Technology. A patent-pending, revolutionary innovation poised to transform the flooring industry, itstru Technology enables ECORE's proven recycled rubber product to be bonded with a diverse variety of textile wear layers. Unlike any process introduced in the flooring industry to date, the itstru technology combines two diverse surfacing systems to create one durable and environmentally sustainable product with a backing composed of a record-setting 97% post-consumer content. Read More

ECORE International Introduces itstru Technology

ECORE International, established industry leader in recycled rubber surfacing solutions, expands its capabilities with the introduction of fusion bonded itstru Technology. A patent-pending, revolutionary innovation poised to transform the flooring industry, itstru Technology enables ECORE's proven recycled rubber product to be bonded with a diverse variety of textile wear layers. Unlike any process introduced in the flooring industry to date, the itstru technology combines two diverse surfacing systems to create one durable and environmentally sustainable product with a backing composed of a record-setting 97% post-consumer content. While ECORE is positioning itstru Technology to become an ingredient brand available to multiple manufacturers, it will be initially introduced through the Contender line of fitness products from ECORE's Everlast sports surfacing brand. "We are currently developing our own products with itstru Technology," states ECORE President and CEO, Art Dodge, "But in the near future we intend to make the technology available to interested industry partners. The strategic projection and product possibilities are limitless."

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Everlast with Nike Grind joins Gold's Gym Supplier Partnership Network

Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind announces their sponsorship of the Gold's Gym Franchise Association. Everlast sports surfacing has partnered with the GGFA as a silver level sponsor through the organization's Supplier Partnership Network (SPN). Already installed in hundreds of Gold's Gym locations around the world, Everlast will continue to support the franchise by offering surfacing for new or remodeled facilities throughout the course of their year-long sponsorship.

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QT Offers New Educational Tools

ECORE's sound insulation brand announces a new continuing education course! QT Sound Insulation, manufactured in the U.S.A. by ECORE International, has announced the introduction of their second continuing education course. As a company that is continually researching new recycling technologies and product advancements, ECORE strives to establish a proactive educational position in each of the industries it serves. For QT, this involves providing certified resources for architects and engineers to further their knowledge of project sustainability and technical procedure.

"We have always maintained a focus on education in our markets," states Paul Downey, business development, ECORE International. "To make a lasting change in the environmental impact of our industry we have found education on alternative resources and healthy product solutions crucial. We also seek to educate the market on testing, installation, and product variations."

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Everlast with Nike Grind supports United Disabilities Services

Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind is proud to partner with United Disabilities Services (UDS) in their efforts to provide service dogs to assist the community's disabled. United Disabilities Services has introduced a new training center for two of their Labrador retriever pups, preparing them to partner with two individuals as service dogs when they have mastered the necessary skills. The dogs will learn how to complete an extensive array of daily human tasks, ranging from opening and closing doors to turning off lights and retrieving from the refrigerator.

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Discovery's Construction Intervention Episode Features Everlast with Nike Grind

Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind is proud to announce their association with CONSTRUCTION INTERVENTION, an all-new Discovery Channel series. CONSTRUCTION INTERVENTION follows Charlie Frattini, New York Construction Extraordinaire, and his trusted team of contractors and designers as they find businesses that are in danger of failing due to botched, delayed, or impossible construction jobs and rescue them from their construction woes. Everlast was involved in the construction process for the Inwood Boxing Gym by providing recycled rubber fitness flooring throughout the facility.

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PlayGuard introduces the industry's first 15-year limited warranty

PlayGuard leads the modular playground surfacing industry with patented technology for unparalleled durability in heavy traffic areas. Specifically designed to meet fall ratings for play applications, PlayGuard's footed tiles feature unsurpassed versatility and easy adhesive-free installation. They are created by molding a colorful wear layer to a footed tile, both manufactured from recycled rubber in the U.S.A. For unique and vibrant designs that last for years, the modular tiles feature 22 standard color patterns and can offer custom design capabilities.

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Everlast Sports Surfacing with Nike Grind on the Discovery Channel

Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind is proud to announce their association with CONSTRUCTION INTERVENTION, an all-new Discovery Channel series. CONSTRUCTION INTERVENTION follows Charlie Frattini, New York Construction Extraordinaire, and his trusted team of contractors and designers as they find businesses that are in danger of failing due to botched, delayed, or impossible construction jobs and rescue them from their construction woes. Everlast was involved in the construction process for the Inwood Boxing Gym by providing recycled rubber fitness flooring throughout the facility.

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ECORE International renews FloorScore certification

ECORE International announced today that its recycled rubber products have received FloorScore certification, for a second consecutive year. FloorScore certification, developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute in partnership with Scientific Certification Systems, measures flooring systems according to the stringent indoor air quality criteria established by the state of California. Products that adhere to FloorScore standards are independently certified by Scientific Certification Systems for low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and qualify for use in California high performance schools. To meet California state VOC requirements (section 01350), FloorScore requires rigorous product testing. It also entails auditing of the manufacturing site, annual re-certification requirements, product records, and a tangible quality control plan from the organization.

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ECOsurfaces introduces ECOrx

ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring, manufactured by ECORE International and exclusively distributed by Gerbert Limited, announces the introduction of its premier laminated flooring product, ECOrx. ECOrx features a proprietary new factory-bonded composition that includes any standard ECOsurfaces pattern and a recycled SBR rubber underlayment, all manufactured in the United States at ECORE's Lancaster, PA production facility.

The ECOrx system features patented technology that bonds ECOsurfaces' wear layer and underlayment materials together enabling installation that previously included multiple steps to be completed in one swift process. The bonding of these resilient layers delivers superior surfacing support and durability for significantly low overall life-cycle costs.

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ECOsurfaces introduces ECOguard

ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring has announced the introduction of its revolutionary new coating: ECOguard. ECOguard is a maintenance coating designed to preserve the beauty of ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring. It is applied at the ECORE International factory, manufacturer of ECOsurfaces, providing a superior protective finish right from the factory. "ECOguard brings long-term surfacing quality to a whole new tier," states Kathryn Ross, director of marketing and internal sales, ECORE International. "An entire step of the installation process is averted and floors retain their beauty for years with minimal maintenance, which will help to lower overall cleaning costs."

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Green Before Its Time

Before LEED became the hottest acronym in architecture and when green was just another pretty color, ECOsurfaces recycled rubber flooring was helping to pave the way for a movement that would change the building materials industry forever.

Introduced in 1998, ECOsurfaces products provide long wearing recycled rubber flooring to the educational, healthcare, retail, hospitality, institutional and fitness markets, among others. For more than a decade, the line has earned a reputation for durable surfacing that is as comfortable to walk on as it is fashionable, thanks to a selection of patterns and colors that make a unique design statement.

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ECORE International Named Finalist in 2009 Best of the Web Awards

Ecore International will be recognized as one of three finalists of the "Manufacturing" category at Central Penn Business Journal's 2009 Best of the Web Awards on July 27, 2009.

Ecore's web site, www.ecoreintl.com, was selected by an independent panel of judges for its functionality and usability; information and content; visual design and creativity; technical innovation; and its overall user experience. Ecore's website launched in November 2008 and features a unique scroll-down tabbed layout for easy navigation, a large variety of application photos, easy links to individual brand websites, and superior visual design.

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FloorScore Certification Now Helps LEED Credits

LaGrange, GA - The U.S. Green Building Council has cited FloorScore certified flooring products as eligible for credits under the new LEED 2009 Version 3 guidelines. Reflecting the inclusion of FloorScore, the new LEED IEQ Credit 4.3 for Low-Emitting Materials has been expanded from "Carpet Systems" to "Flooring Systems" to include hard surface flooring.

FloorScore, developed by Scientific Certification Systems in collaboration with the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), is a voluntary, independent certification program that tests vinyl,linoleum, laminate, wood, ceramic and rubber flooring and certifies that they meet the requirements of California Section 01350.

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Another Championship for A-Turf

On Saturday, May 16, the Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse team claimed the Division III national championship, its second division victory in three years. The team faced off against fellow finalist Salisbury State in a riveting overtime battle to secure an 11-10 win. The women played with skill, drive, and passion under their first-time head coach Lauren Paul and were pushed on toward success by their elevated training standards and quality home field facilities. Both the Diplomat ladies and their opposing counterparts from Salisbury State University trained and fought hard all season on home fields made of synthetic turf from A-Turf that was installed to promote effective game play and help withstand rigorous athletic activity. Synthetic grass surfacing provider, A-Turf, a division of ECORE International, provided the home lacrosse fields for both Franklin & Marshall College and Salisbury University. At A-Turf a commitment to high quality, durable, and sustainable products is paralleled by a drive to see receiving organizations achieve health and competitive success. A-Turf supplies essential tools to enable athletes and organizations throughout the United States to realize their competitive goals and make a difference in the communities around them.

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ECOsurfaces Joins CHPS in its Effort to Improve the Quality of Education for California Students

ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring has been certified by an independent laboratory to meet the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criterial (Section 01350) for indoor air quality in classrooms as described in the State of California's Department of Health Services Standard Practice.

CHPS is the nation's first school building rating program created to facilitate the design of high performance schools. Any California school that specifies and installs ECOsurfaces recycled rubber flooring can qualify for points under Indoor Environmental Quality Credit EQ2.2.

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ECOsurfaces receives ADEX Recognition

ECOsurfaces announced this week that it has been selected as a recipient of the 2009 ADEX award. The ADEX Award is presented to honor the quality and design of furnishing and building materials and is one of the largest and most prestigious awards given for product design of fixtures, finishes, and furniture in the design trade. The ADEX award is sponsored by Design Journal and presented at platinum, gold, and silver levels based upon a judged scoring system. The ECOshapes collection from ECOsurfaces was selected as a silver level ADEX award winner for 2009.

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Ecore Named AlwaysOn GoingGreen 50 Winner

Ecore International, manufacturer of ECOsurfaces Commercial Flooring, announced today that it has been selected to the 2009 GoingGreen East 50 Top Private Company List. The GoingGreen East 50 Award is given to private, emerging companies creating new business opportunities in green technology. Ecore International was selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team based on demonstration of growth, market opportunity, quality of innovation and customer traction. "As a company committed to environmental sustainability and product innovation, we are proud to be acclaimed as a leading green company by the GoingGreen East 50 Award. This recognition represents our continuing commitment of providing quality, sustainable and innovative products for a wide variety of applications." Art Dodge, President, Ecore International Read More

Partnership with NIKE, Inc. Gives Everlast Sports Surfacing a Foot Up in Fitness Flooring

Everlast Sports Surfacing has entered an exciting new sustainability partnership with NIKE, Inc. for 2009. Through this partnership, Everlast will begin incorporating Nike Grind rubber in its fitness flooring products which will be called Everlast with Nike Grind.

Everlast with Nike Grind combines raw materials made from Nike's recycled athletic shoes including out-sole rubber, mid-sole foam and various other shoe components with premium, recycled tire rubber.

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Everlast sports surfacing named Best Flooring and Surfacing supplier 2008

Everlast sports surfacing has received the 2008 Nova7 Award as Best Flooring and Surfacing supplier. Now in its fifth year, the Nova7 Supplier Awards competition, created by Fitness management magazine, is the only reader's choice award in the fitness industry - recognizing suppliers for their outstanding products and services.

"We are very pleased to receive the 2008 Nova7 award. The fact that we were singled out and selected by fitness facility owners, directors and managers - the very people who use our products and live with them every day - makes this honor particularly rewarding," said Robert Dougherty, general sales manager, surfacing.

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A-Turf teams up with Louisville Slugger

A-Turf, a leading synthetic turf field builder is taking America's favorite pastime to a new level of play by introducing A-Turf Louisville Slugger - a synthetic grass system.

By building upon its knowledge of developing and building proven and reputable synthetic turf athletic fields, A-Turf has developed a surface ideally suited for baseball and softball. By slightly modifying the rubber and sand infill ratio and fiber pile height, the A-Turf Louisville Slugger surface delivers a high performance field that matches the unique ball roll and bounce of natural grass during play. A-Turf is the exclusive synthetic surfacing partner of Game Time Sports Systems, LLC, which holds the licensing rights to the 124 year old, legendary Louisville Slugger brand.

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ECORE Expanding Its Business into Global Markets

After twenty years of developing a solid and successful North American business, ECORE International has begun to aggressively expand its distribution of high quality, sustainable surfacing products to the larger, global market.

ECORE International is a leader in manufacturing and marketing innovative, environmentally sustainable products and solutions. With a range of products made from cork, cork/rubber and recycled rubber, ECORE's portfolio of brands includes national market leaders such as ECOsurfaces commercial flooring, Everlast performance flooring, PlayGuard playground safety surfacing and QT sound insulation, to name a few.

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ECORE International Attracts $29 Million Equity Investment

ECORE International, a leader in manufacturing and marketing innovative, environmentally sustainable products and solutions for the global marketplace, has received $29 million in equity financing from Element Partners, a Philadelphia, Pa., based venture capital fund. Element Partners invests in high-growth companies with clean technology solutions to global resource and environmental constraints.

The investment will accelerate ECORE's domestic and global expansion as well as support continued development of new products and partnerships on the cutting-edge of sustainability. As North America's largest user of scrap tire rubber, ECORE recycles 80 million pounds of tire rubber each year, helping conserve more than 1 million barrels of oil in the process to convert pliable treads into durable products for the construction, consumer, commercial, industrial, sports, fitness and recreation markets.

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North America's Largest User of Recycled Tire Rubber Goes Global

Dodge-Regupol announced today that the privately held business with roots that date back to the mid-1800s has taken a new name - ECORE International, and has broadened its strategic and geographic focus.

The company has operated as Dodge-Regupol since 1989, and prior to that as the Dodge Cork Company. As North America's largest user of scrap tire rubber, the organization has made a thriving business out of finding creative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. It manufactures innovatively designed cork, cork/rubber and recycled rubber products, which had primarily been distributed in the United States.

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