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Spartan Surfaces enters distribution agreement with Tarkett

spartan-surfaces-exteriorBel Air, Md.—Spartan Surfaces has entered into a distribution agreement with Tarkett in its Mid-Atlantic footprint. Starting Jan. 1, 2017, Spartan Surfaces will be a distributor of the Tarkett commercial focused brands including the Tarkett Collection (homogeneous, heterogeneous, LVT and linoleum flooring), Johnsonite (rubber flooring, stairwell systems, wall base and accessories) and the Azrock Collection (VCT, VET and SVT). Spartan Surfaces will distribute these Tarkett brands in southern New Jersey, central and eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Northern Virginia including Washington DC.

“We are excited to be associated with an innovative and design focused flooring manufacturer that provides impactful solutions for our architectural and design focused clients,” said Kevin Jablon, owner of Spartan Surfaces.

Spartan Surfaces will be carrying significant inventory of each of Tarkett’s brands at its headquarters and main warehouse in Bel Air, Md. “The Tarkett family of products provides the perfect complement to our Spartan product portfolio that includes design oriented product solutions and dependable flooring supply products, which will lead to a very successful business relationship for 2017 and beyond,” Jablon said.

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Tarkett’s Johnsonite Arcade Rubber Sheet achieves Cradle to Cradle Bronze Certification

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 4.44.08 PMSolon, Ohio—Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sport surface solutions, has achieved the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Bronze Certification 3.1 for its Johnsonite Arcade Rubber Sheet flooring. This certification is the first of its kind earned by a rubber manufacturer.

“This certification differentiates our rubber products from anything else on the market,” said Diane Martel, vice president of environmental planning and strategy, Tarkett. “By continuously putting products through material assessments and re-evaluating our technology, Tarkett demonstrates an unmatched commitment to the principles of C2C. We will continue offering the best possible flooring solutions for our customers as part of our mission to become a completely C2C certified company by 2020.”

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On tour with Regupol America

Recycled rubber flooring featured in several athletic settings

July 7/14, 2014; Volume 28/Number 2

By Louis Iannaco

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 11.19.06 AMLebanon, Pa.—For two days in May, the team at Regupol America showed off some high-profile installations of its Aktiv recycled rubber sports flooring, a product designed with “fitness for a purpose.” Stops included the Horsham Athletic Club, Villanova University, Lancaster Mennonite High School, Franklin & Marshall College and others, as well as the Regupol America plant itself.

Aktiv is constructed for maximum comfort underfoot and designed to absorb the shock of training impact. It can also be customized by color, measurements and marketing, is made of 65% post-consumer recycled tire rubber and 35% post-industrial ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber, features a five-year warranty, is GreenCircle third-party certified and qualifies for LEED credits.

The first stop on the tour was the Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys & Girls Club in Philadelphia. The facility, located in an impoverished area of the city, is 105 years old.

Victorino, the all-star centerfielder formerly with the Phillies, along with the support of his charitable organization, the Shane Victorino Foundation (SVF), has developed a long-term relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs in his native Hawaii. Since 2005 he has called Philadelphia home, so he was pleased to bring his philanthropic passion to the local community.

Regupol, the inventor of recycled rubber flooring for sports and athletic surfaces, teamed with partner companies Robbins Sports Surfaces, Abacus Sports Installations and the Sika Corp. to supply a full-system flooring solution for the new facility.

“We’ve been supporting the Boys & Girls Club for years, and the fact that this facility was in nearby Philadelphia left no question,” said John Aten, vice present of sales and marketing, Regupol America. “We were happy to support them however we could.”

Regupol contributed more than 9,100 square feet of Aktiv to the facility and 2,300 square feet of Regupol Shock Padding for the cushioning under the gym floor, a total value of more than $34,000.

“It was a great project,” he said, “and a great application—a cross between sports and commercial flooring. It’s a durable, green product, so architects are interested in it also. The floor will last forever. The top is synthetic, and underneath is Regupol padding.”

The contractors did the job correctly, Aten noted, as they did their due diligence when it came to moisture mitigation, “which was a difficult task as all the trades were working simultaneously to get the job done on time.”

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As an athletic facility that caters to high-end, corporate clientele, the Horsham Athletic Club in Horsham, Pa., had a series of major decisions to make regarding its new 46,000-square-foot facility. One of the most important ones made by owner/general manager Doug Steinly was to use Regupol’s Aktiv Series in several of the most highly utilized and abused areas of his newly introduced club.

“Nobody really enjoys working out, so we do our best to make people comfortable while they are here,” Steinly said. Aktiv does just that, he noted, providing clients with a comfortable surface that absorbs the shock of training impacts and reduces the potential for stress and injury.

Steinly not only wanted a comfortable floor, but one that was versatile as well. A combination of Regupol’s Aktiv Core and Aktiv Strength Series runs seamlessly through the space, underneath cardio equipment, weight and sports training areas, and even the Kid’s Club. In total, 16,000 square feet has been installed throughout the facility.

Utilizing a handful of colors over several areas of the building allowed Steinly to provide his members with an attractive floor that not only matches the overall aesthetic of the space but is shock absorbent, problem and maintenance free, and slip resistant.

According to Aten, the Horsham job was about “fitness looking to be economical, but with color added to create visual interest. The color scheme varies by intensity and, as 20% to 25% of our flooring is custom made, it’s another way of bringing design into a space.”

At Villanova University, Regupol’s AktivPro custom rubber flooring is featured in the school’s football/Olympic sports training room, as well as its basketball training room. It is highlighted by an inlaid system utilizing the school’s colors—gray, white and blue. Both jobs comprise a total of approximately 8,000 square feet of Regupol flooring.

“We worked with the people at Villanova to get it right,” Aten said. The installation includes a solid rubber school logo laid into the floor. The AktivPro system used is new and includes a proprietary adhesive.

Apparently, after the flooring was installed in the school’s football/Olympic sports training room, Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright liked it so much he had to have it for his floor, too, Aten said. “They’re thrilled with the system, its look and the installation team we provided. The whole package together gave them the confidence to specify AktivPro on future projects.”

The multi-layered system was installed last summer and features a 3⁄8-inch underlayment. Regupol products will once again be featured at Villanova soon as the university has committed to the flooring company for its next project, a new 8,000-square-foot building the school will be adding to its athletic facilities.

Day two of the tour featured a stop at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., the 13th oldest institution of higher education in the U.S., which boasts a robust NCAA Division III athletic program fielding 27 teams and a new outdoor Olympic-rated racetrack. Indoors, despite the health of the athletics program, the locker rooms used by the football and lacrosse teams were hardly desirable.

Built in 1961 as part of the Mayser Physical Education Center, the rooms featured an outdated epoxy floor, less than ideal for athletes. F&M turned to Regupol, choosing Aktiv for its high performance. “Aktiv achieves color through a mixture of black recycled rubber and colored EPDM, in this case ‘Devil Blue,’” Aten said.

Though the recycled content makes up the majority of the material, the floor presents the optical illusion of appearing more blue than black. The surface covers a total of 2,100 square feet and includes a 6 x 16-foot custom cut logo displaying F&M’s team name—the Diplomats.

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The rubber revolution: Producers offering more options than ever

by Louis Iannaco

While rubber flooring has been used for decades—usually in commercial applications such as healthcare and education—this segment has been growing recently as producers are making it easier to specify, due in large part to advances in technology. Designers are also finding more uses for rubber as the finished product resembles works of art more than ever before. Continue reading The rubber revolution: Producers offering more options than ever

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New nora technical videos provide product tips

Salem, N.H.  – nora systems, manufacturer of commercial rubber flooring, has produced a collection of 14 new and updated technical videos which are now available on the company’s website. The videos provide useful tips for installing and maintaining nora flooring.

“We’ve updated a number of existing videos and created several new video clips in an effort to better equip our customers with the most up-to-date information they need to successfully install nora flooring and maintain its appearance,” explained Amy Bostock, manager, marketing and creative systems, nora systems. Continue reading New nora technical videos provide product tips

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Collaboration and product development prevail at annual nora design workshop

Rubber flooring manufacturer nora systems, Inc. recently held its annual Architect and Designer Workshop at nora’s international headquarters in Weinheim, Germany. Comprised of fifteen experienced architects and designers from throughout North America, the workshop challenged the design professionals to work together and think creatively and collaboratively during product development. Continue reading Collaboration and product development prevail at annual nora design workshop

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Collaboration, product development prevail at nora design workshop

Salem, NH (August 16, 2012) – Rubber flooring manufacturer nora systems, Inc. recently held its annual Architect and Designer Workshop at nora’s international headquarters in Weinheim, Germany. Comprised of fifteen experienced architects and designers from throughout North America, the workshop challenged the design professionals to work together and think creatively and collaboratively during product development. Continue reading Collaboration, product development prevail at nora design workshop

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Corporate, healthcare fuel commercial business

But lack of public funding stalls institutional

by Steven Feldman

It wasn’t too long ago the flooring industry was lamenting a downturn in the commercial market as the re-cession that decimated the residential side of the business began to spread like wildfire. But those days seem to be in the rear-view mirror as commercial flooring posted low-single digit growth in 2011. Knowledgeable observers pinned the growth anywhere from 2.5% to 5% in dollars, a little less in units. Continue reading Corporate, healthcare fuel commercial business

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nora introduces new healthcare application

Architects and designers come together to develop a new, versatile floor covering from nora systems, Inc.

Salem, N.H.— nora systems, Inc. is proud to introduce noraplan sentica, the latest high-performance floor covering from nora that offers versatility for healthcare applications. Continue reading nora introduces new healthcare application

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Growth of Dinoflex drives change for the company

Salmon Arm, B.C. — Dinoflex, a manufacturer of resilient recycled rubber surfacing products for over 20 years, welcomes departmental changes due to steady growth. In 2011 and throughout previous years, the company have seen a steady increase in sales with the international market increasing significantly.

With the communal desire being a green product, the company’s sustainable methods has been the driving force behind Dinoflex’s steady business growth. Due to the increase in consumer demand for recycled flooring products, Dinoflex has made the following departmental changes in October of 2011: Continue reading Growth of Dinoflex drives change for the company