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Ecore names Michael Raley acoustic engineer

Lancaster, Pa.—Ecore has hired Michael Raley as acoustic engineer.

Raley has nearly 10 years of experience as an acoustical consultant specializing in architectural and environmental acoustics. He has extensive experience in acoustics for the healthcare, multi-family, hospitality, education, corporate office and performing arts industries.

In his new position, Raley will provide critical services to support Ecore’s customers and internal sales personnel through the sales and marketing and technical services departments. His technical and management background will play an integral role in helping the company achieve continuous growth, while his acoustic expertise will be useful in creating, modifying and certifying new and existing Ecore products.

“Michael’s extensive knowledge and expertise in architectural and environmental acoustics makes him a key asset to our team,” said Arthur Dodge, III, CEO and president, Ecore. “Designers and architects today are realizing the importance of identifying and specifying products and technologies that create optimal acoustics for different types of spaces and settings. With Michael’s addition to the team, Ecore will continue to remain at the forefront of building acoustics research and product development.”

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Ecore Speed & Agility Turf transforms indoor athletics spaces

Lancaster, Pa.—Ecore offers its Speed & Agility Turf, a flooring surface designed to enhance athletic training and performance through advanced ergonomic design and durability. Speed & Agility Turf is part of Ecore’s growing collection of indoor athletic and fitness surfaces engineered to provide extreme durability and sound and shock absorption demands that drive athletic safety and performance.

Speed & Agility Turf features a dense, textured nylon wear layer fusion bonded to a 5mm or 12mm vulcanized composition rubber backing. This consistent and tight surface is ideal for footwork and agility drills, sprints and other functional fitness activities, making it a vital piece of athletic equipment for indoor training. The composition rubber backing provides safety, ergonomic and acoustic properties that protect athletes from injuries with dynamic traction and shock absorption, while dampening sound transmission from dumb bells, sand bags and slam balls.

“Modern student fitness centers and athletic facilities understand flooring is one of the most importance pieces of equipment in the space,” said Troy Kelley, director of sales for Ecore Athletic. “Many of these facilities are adopting indoor turf surfaces to enable year-round activities without subjecting athletes to hard surfaces such as concrete that reflects sound and force. Ecore’s patented itstru technology, which is incorporated into our Speed & Agility Turf surface diminishes the impact of force created during aggressive functional training and provides an ergonomically advanced surface to boost performance and reduce unnecessary noise.”

Unlike other indoor turf on the market, Speed & Agility Turf does not require infill. Roll goods are glued down and the 12mm backed version is available in an interlocking format that doesn’t require any glue for installation.

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Ecore launches #MakingPeoplesLivesBetter contest at HCD 2017

Ecore-logoLancaster, Pa.—Ecore is launching a contest for designers and architects to showcase projects meant to improve people’s lives during the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference (HCD) Nov. 11-14 in Orlando. The #MakingPeoplesLivesBetter contest offers designers a chance to submit a recent project that makes a positive community impact for a chance to win $2,000 and be featured on Ecore’s blog and social media channels.

“The purpose of this contest is to uncover and highlight ventures focused on improving the quality of life in communities through innovative designs,” said Mark Huxta, director of healthcare sales for Ecore. “We look forward to featuring unique and smart solutions that are making lives easier, healthier or more efficient and sharing some of the top projects from the industry’s leading minds.”

Ecore will select 12 winners from the pool of submissions, with all finalists receiving the $2,000 prize, a monthly feature spot on the Ecore Making People’s Lives Better blog and promotion via the company’s social media channels. As part of the ongoing effort to spread awareness of—and inspiration for—designs that are making lives better, Ecore will highlight one finalist each month on the blog throughout 2018.

To enter the #MakingPeoplesLivesBetter contest, designers must complete a brief description of the project and describe how it improves people’s lives. Three images also should be included with the entry. Ecore will continue to accept submissions until Dec. 31.

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Ecore hosts event to highlight smart manufacturing practices

image003Lancaster, Pa.—Ecore hosted a group of manufacturers from across the country for an educational event Oct. 31, at its headquarters here. The event, which was part of the Mantec Smart Manufacturing Operational Excellence series, showcased how Ecore’s operational excellence is driving profitability and competitiveness in the industry.

Through its partnership with Mantec, which specializes in driving manufacturing innovation and operating efficiency, Ecore has become a model business by successfully integrating core disciplines into one coordinated system through the use of smart manufacturing practices. To help others achieve optimum efficiency and performance, Ecore opened the doors of its Lancaster-based manufacturing facility for a plant tour and smart manufacturing discussion.

The Ecore event was one of four plant tours and two hands-on labs being offered through the Mantec Smart Manufacturing Operational Excellence Series.

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Ecore enhances its Polyflor product offerings

Screen Shot 2017-10-06 at 9.11.20 AMLancaster, Pa.—Ecore Commercial has refined its offering of Polyflor resilient vinyl flooring products in an effort to streamline selection and facilitate faster product fulfillment. The updated portfolio includes 16 new homogenous, heterogeneous and slip resistant vinyl surfaces, as well as premium flooring from the Expona luxury vinyl tile collection.

“Polyflor is an internationally renowned flooring manufacturer with an extremely large product line,” said Bo Barber, vice president of marketing and business development, Ecore, the U.S. distributor for the UK-based company. “Ecore narrowed down our offering, in an effort to provide better focus on the products we support. This has also allowed us to bring in substantial inventory of key products and colors, something Ecore has not previously done.”

The homogenous surfaces available include: Pearlazzo PUR, a 2.0mm vinyl roll with a textured look; 2000 PUR, a 2.0mm vinyl roll or tile that has a marbleized look; and Classic Mystique PUR, a 2.0mm vinyl roll or tile with non-directional, two-tone chips.

The heterogeneous surfaces available include: Forest fx PUR, a 2.0mm vinyl roll that looks like real wood, and Bloc PUR, a 2.0mm vinyl roll available in solid colors with a textured emboss.

The slip resistant surfaces available include: Polysafe Verona PUR, a 2.0mm vinyl roll featuring a solid background with chip accents; Polysafe Modena, a 2.0mm vinyl roll with subtle micro granite decoration; Polysafe Arena PUR, a 2.0mm vinyl roll that looks like stone, concrete or textile; Polysafe Vogue Ultra PUR, a 2.0mm vinyl roll featuring a solid background with multi-chip salt and pepper accents; Polysafe Wood fx PUR, a 2.0mm vinyl roll that looks like real wood; Polysafe Hydro Evolve, a 2.0mm vinyl roll featuring solid colors with a raised emboss; and Polysafe Apex, a 2.5mm vinyl roll with a solid background and sparkling sand-like visual.

The Expona luxury vinyl tile surfaces available include: Expona Control PUR, a 2.5mm slip resistant luxury vinyl tile that looks like stone or wood; Expona Flow PUR 2.0mm heterogeneous vinyl roll that features wood, textile and stone visuals; Expona Commercial PUR, a 2.5mm luxury vinyl tile with a wood, stone and stylized look; and, Expona Design PUR, a 3.0mm vinyl tile in wood, stone and effect, which features graphic interpretations of everyday items.

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Two Ecore employees to participate in 2016 Summer Olympics

thumbnail.aspxLancaster, Pa.—Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is proud to announce two of its employees will participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August. Lauren Crandall and Stefanie Fee have worked part time at Ecore since December 2013. They joined the company as social media specialists and were recently promoted to marketing specialists. Based here, Crandall and Fee worked on and off site as they trained and played field hockey for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Lauren Crandall is a two-time Olympian (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) and captain of the team. Crandall is from Doylestown, Pa., and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Wake Forest University and a graduate degree from DeVry University Keller Graduate School of Management. She will return to Ecore in the Fall of 2016 as marketing manager for athletic and fitness.

Fee has been a member of the Olympic Team since 2012 and is from Virginia Beach, Va. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Duke University. Fee will return to Ecore in the Fall of 2016 as a communications coordinator.

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Ecore receives Nightingale Gold Award

Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 10.33.43 AMLancaster, Pa.— Terrain rx by Ecore received a Nightingale Gold Award in the Resilient Flooring Category. The Nightingale Awards honor new products exhibited at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, held Nov. 14-17 in National Harbor, Md., and recognize contribution to the health care built environment through product design and innovation that contribute to healing.

Available under Ecore Commercial Flooring (ECF), Terrain rx features Ecore’s patented itstru technology, which fusion bonds a contemporary, modern polyflor heterogeneous sheet vinyl surface to a 5 mil Ecore performance rubber backing.

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Ecore completes rebranding efforts

Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 4.36.37 PMLancaster, Pa.—Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into performance surfaces, has undergone a corporate rebranding effort to reflect the company’s core values: safety, health and wellness.

“Our customers and people in the industry think of Ecore as the original recycled rubber flooring manufacturer,” said Arthur Dodge, III, president and CEO of Ecore. “Or they recognize us by our multiple sub-brands such as Everlast and ECOsurfaces. Last year, we decided to change all that. We want to be a company that is known by one name, Ecore.” As a result, Ecore began rebranding itself and transforming from a house of brands into a branded house in 2014.

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Ecore donates flooring to 2015 U.S. Women’s Open

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 1.15.49 PMLancaster, Pa.—Ecore International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique surfaces, has donated 2,200 square feet of flooring to the Lancaster Country Club for the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open. Ecore supplied Pinnacle, which 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 be used by officials during the event taking place July 6-12.

“Pinnacle is a proprietary blend of fibers composed of recycled plastic bottles designed for commercial, industrial and retail applications,” said Arthur Dodge III, CEO and president of Ecore. “These properties made Pinnacle the perfect flooring solution for the U.S. Women’s Open’s official headquarters, since [people] will be running in and out of the trailers frequently and it will be able to stand up to the abuse.”

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Banner joins Ecore as international sales manager

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 12.27.52 PMLancaster, Pa.—Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfaces, has hired Chris Banner as an international sales manager.

“Chris is an excellent addition to the Ecore family,” said Art Dodge III, president and CEO of Ecore. “In this new role, Chris will help to develop Ecore’s presence internationally. We are excited for him to introduce Ecore products to new parts of the world.”

Banner graduated from the University of Hull with a B.A. in French and Spanish. Prior to joining Ecore, Banner worked in international sales for a commercial textile company.