Utah-Based Company Manufactures Playing Surfaces For NCAA® Final Four® Championships In Detroit and in St. Louis

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Connor Sport Court International selected for fourth year to provide NCAA Final Four playing surfaces. "We've become the standard for athletic courts," says CEO Ron Cerny

When the Men's and Women's NCAA Final Four Championships take place this weekend, they will be played on hardwood surfaces manufactured by Salt Lake City-based Connor Sport Court International.

The Men's NCAA Final Four Championships will be Saturday, April 4, and Monday, April 6, in Ford Field in Detroit. The Women's NCAA Final Four Championship playoffs will be Sunday, April 5, and Tuesday, April 7, in the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

"This is the 4th year our courts have been selected as the playing surface for the NCAA Final Four," said Ron Cerny, Salt Lake City, President and CEO of Connor Sport Court International.

"We've become the standard for athletic courts," Cerny said. "Connor has been making hardwood courts for over 100 years. Our company also developed the original and authentic Sport Court® backyard game court in 1974 and has been operating in Salt Lake for more than 30 years. As a result of this rich history and our continuous focus on performance and quality, more athletic events are now played on Connor Sport Court surfaces than on any other sports flooring in the world,"

"In fact, besides the hardwood for the actual Championships, the Salt Lake City facility is also supplying approximately 50,000 square feet of its patented Sport Court Response™ indoor performance flooring, for the Hoop City® extravaganzas at both of the Final Fours in Detroit and St. Louis," Cerny said

The company's hardwood courts are made in its plant in Amasa, Michigan, while its Sport Court brand modular flooring is manufactured at the company plant in Salt Lake City. Sport Court playing surfaces find their primary markets among residential purchasers, schools, churches and athletic clubs.

There are a total of 16 Connor QuickLock™ portable court systems that have been constructed by Connor especially for this year's NCAA Final Four Tournament. They are built from Michigan maple in strict accordance with NCAA specifications.

Connor Sport Court is a member of the Maple Flooring Manufacturing Association and adheres to the stringent environmental guidelines of that organization. Connor also offers wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which identifies products from responsibly-managed forests.

Hardwood used in the courts is from a renewable resource, with the U.S. growing six times more hardwood than is harvested each year..

Cerny noted that the company employs approximately 250 people, with nearly half of them in Salt Lake City. In addition to the Amasa plant, it also has a sales office for its hardwood floors in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

For more Connor Sport Court information contact:
Jeff Morton, Marketing Manager, Connor Sport Court
801-712-6411

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